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Support SGMP scholarships with an auction donation today
SGMP
It is not too late to feature your location or support of SGMP by donating an auction item! Complete the donation form on the website (click "Read More" below), and return to kforte@brownpalace.com today. Don't forget to register for the online auction and bid, bid, bid! The Gilmer Institute of Learning online auction will be opening on Monday, April 20, for any and all SGMP members, family and friends who would like to support scholarships and continuing education of government meeting professionals. Online auction items thus far include stay packages (California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Washington, D.C. and many others), jewelry and purses, F&B specialty baskets, golf gear, children's toys, framed photography and much, much more!

In addition to the online auction, there will be a live auction following the Sam Gilmer Awards Banquet at the 2015 NEC & Expo on Thursday, April 30. The live auction items include an African safari (valued at $5,950), "Stay and Play in San Diego" ($2,400 value) and a "Taste of Texas" ($1,800 value).
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SGMP's move makes meetings news
Successful Meetings
SGMP's announcement last week that it has transitioned to a virtual office environment caught the attention of news outlets for the meetings industry. The information was featured on the websites of Successful Meetings, Exhibit City News and Meetings & Conventions. SGMP staffers can still be reached at their direct extensions and via email.
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Inspector General: Labor Department's conference reporting was inadequate
Associations Now
The challenges facing federal agencies that want to send employees to conferences are already substantial — and, thanks in part to a new report, they continue to stack up. According to a report released last month by the Labor Department's inspector general, the agency failed to properly document nearly $2 million in event spending during the 2013 fiscal year and misrepresented how much money it saved as a result of cost-cutting measures mandated by the Obama administration.
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Meeting Planning Madness Tournament: What drives meeting planners mad?
empowerMINT
Over the past several weeks, DMAI's empowerMINT team has been running the March "Meeting Planning Madness" Tournament giving meeting planners, the opportunity to decide in four rounds of voting, what drives them absolutely mad! Well, it's official. After 400-plus planners casted over 3,000 votes, we now have insight into what is behind our planners' madness.
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Inaugural North American Meetings Industry Day taking place April 16
Successful Meetings
Meeting planners, mark your calendars: Next Thursday, April 16, the meetings industry will unite across the United States, Canada and Mexico to celebrate the first annual North American Meetings Industry Day. A partnership between the Convention Industry Council and the Meetings Mean Business industry advocacy group, NAMID was announced in December and will bring together industry professionals from throughout North America to showcase the substantial value of meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions.
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2015 NEC & Expo coming soon — register today!
SGMP
The 2015 SGMP National Education Conference & Expo (NEC) on April 28-30 in Minneapolis is coming during a crucial time in government meetings. It is crucial for our members to restore confidence in how cost-effective meetings make government more productive. SGMP is your source for the latest in industry best practices, knowledge sharing by experienced professionals and a marketplace which is tailored to the unique work for which we are all responsible. This is your opportunity to sharpen your skills, to expand your expertise and to be a part of the future of government meetings. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!
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Top 10 conference food trends
Focus on Travel News
"People are always looking for new and interesting ways to cater for their conference attendees and food has become so much more than just fuel. Recently there has been an enormous shift towards health and the impact that food can have on concentration and productivity," said Mark Cooper, CEO of The International Association of Conference Centres. IACC released its Top 10 Conference Foods Trends for 2015 that are influencing meeting planners when it comes to catering for conferences across the globe.
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New association to help women in events industry thrive
Associations Now
The Association of Women in Events, which launched last week, will aim to create a collaborative community that offers opportunities for professional and personal brand development and works to remove career roadblocks and provide growth opportunities for young female professionals.
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Uber showing up more on employee expense reports
Accounting Today
The controversial car ride app Uber is appearing on an increasing number of employee expense reports so far this year, according to a new analysis. Certify, a travel and expense management software provider, released its Q1 2015 report on business expense report trends, and found that an average of 46 percent of all total paid car rides were through Uber in the first quarter of this year, compared with 15 percent in Q1 of 2014.
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Indiana loses first event over new law
Connect Meetings Intelligence
The first shoe dropped for the meetings and events industry in Indiana after Gov. Mike Pence signed SB 101, a bill allowing businesses to deny service if providing it would conflict with their religious freedom. The AFSCME, which represents nurses, corrections officers, childcare workers and sanitation workers, has pulled its event in October, citing the new law as the reasoning behind the decision.
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Would the government have hired you in 1956?
The Washington Post
The old civil service exam was introduced in 1955, a proctored, pencil-and-paper test that thousands of Americans took each year to get federal jobs. It was called the Federal Service Entrance Examination. A brochure called "Futures in the Federal Government" opened with these words: "Wanted: People of Promise" and urged Americans to take the exam. Starting salaries were listed at $4,040.
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