Government Connections - Winter 2013 - (Page 8)

GOING PLACES Meeting in Virginia MEETING IN VIRGINIA has always offered beautiful venues and desirable destinations, from vibrant city centers to sparkling nature retreats – providing planners the affordable and accessible framework for successful events. Throughout Virginia, highly experienced destination marketing experts meet the challenges of coordinating gatherings of all sizes and expectations with dependable professionalism and efficiency. Now, as never before, Virginia leads t he way for meeting profession als, through a statewide commitment that promises what every planner deserves – getting your life back. The Virginia Declaration of Meeting Excellence is a vow that Virginia’s portfolio of top-rated convention and conference centers will exceed your expectations, simplify your life, honor your budget, help you fill seats and uphold your values of corporate responsibility. Throughout t he Com monwealt h, regardless of the size and scope of your meeting, earning your trust is a constant commitment. Grounded in professional industry meeting standards, the Virginia Declaration of Meeting Excellence is a pledge to your success that translates into real sav ings, not just of money and reputation, but that all-too fleeting resource, time. Location may be as important to your meeting’s success as the content of the program. If site selection hinges on easy access, hospitable climate and pleasing geography, Virginia is your best answer. The Commonwealth sits at the strategic center of the Eastern Seaboard, w it h i n e a s y one- d ay d r ive ac c e s s from just about anywhere east of the Mississippi River. Major Interstates I-95, I-81, I-64 and I-66, U.S. highways and scenic byways carry road traffic into and around the state. Consider Virginia’s convenient driveto feature with its stellar air access, served by both major and low cost carriers, into 11 major airports such as Washington Dulles International Airport a nd Nor folk Inter n at ion al A ir por t. With Amtrak rail service that connects Virginia cities to commuter and longdistance travel routes, you have national and international access that’s hard to match. And don’t forget – the nation’s capital is our next door neighbor. Even the weather embellishes our very strategic location. A mild, fours e a s on cl i m ate u n fold s ac ros s t he state in varied geographic zones. On the western side, the rugged beauty of our mile-high peaks transitions to the historic Shenandoah Valley as it runs between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains, then gives way to the central rolling piedmont region and flattens into the sandy coastal plain next to the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to plan your next meeting in Virginia. For more information, please visit meetings. 8 GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | Winter 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Winter 2013

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Dieting on a Per Diem
Plan Green
Education Edge
Ethics and Site Visits
Why the Government Should Hire Qualified, Professional Meeting Planners
Supplier Strategy
Good to Know
That’s Technology
Conference Connection
Travel Tips & Trends
Membership News
SGMP Nation
The Meeting Minute
Advertisers’ Index

Government Connections - Winter 2013