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Beyond the room rate: Choosing affordable meeting destinations
Successful Meetings
As you know, there is a lot more to consider than room rates when it comes to picking an affordable meeting destination. SGMP executive director & CEO Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP, and other industry representatives provide important factors to consider.
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Obama government shrinking after period of rapid growth
The Washington Post
After a period of rapid growth during President Barack Obama's first term, the federal workforce is larger than it ever was under President George W. Bush. But it has shrunk in recent years, and further declines are likely in the future. According to the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management, about 158,000 employees — excluding military and Postal Service personnel — have joined the federal workforce during Obama’s time in the White House, representing a 9.4 percent increase.
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The national security argument for spending more on conferences, travel
Nextgov
U.S. dominance in science and technology has traditionally fed U.S. military superiority — a dynamic no one relies on anymore. The United States currently pays for less than one-third of global research and development, and that portion is expected to fall to 18 percent by 2050, according to sources cited in a new report from the National Research Council. One interesting suggested response to the problem: Spend more on overseas conferences.
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Senate conference spending bill pulled from markup
Associations Now
The Senate's latest attempt to pass a bill that would restrict government conference spending has been put on hold for at least another month. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider substitute language for S. 1347, the Conference Accountability Act, at a hearing in late June, but the bill was quietly removed from the agenda after Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., suggested that more debate and additional insight from the Office of Management and Budget was needed before the bill went to a vote. SGMP continues to monitor this situation with our industry coalition partners and will continue to provide pertinent information and developments to our members.
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SGMP: Government meetings see 'signs of progress'
Successful Meetings
SGMP national president Rob Coffman, CGMP, addressed how government meetings have experienced significant challenges and how changes made by SGMP in the past year have positioned the organization for future growth.
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Seats in upcoming CGMP classes still available
SGMP
Isn't it time that you join more than 600 of your peers by earning your Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation, the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals? Seats are still available for the July class in Virginia or the August class in Georgia. To find out how a course can be scheduled near you, contact garland.preddy@sgmp.org.
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New app turns smartphones into microphones
BizBash
Gathering audience questions and feedback at a meeting or event is usually done by positioning stand microphones around the room or by passing around a wireless unit. Crowd Mics, an iOS and Android app released recently at Launch Festival, provides a new option: it connects audience members' smartphones to the room's sound system, so every person has his or her own microphone.
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Former hub airports find new life after downsizing
Reuters via Yahoo News
When an airline cuts back on the number of "hubs" in its system, for an affected city the economic pain can be deep and wide. As Nashville, Tennessee, discovered, it can take years of adjustments to come to terms with an airline's decision to pull back. Yet the Music City showed it is possible to recover and prosper again.
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Going keyless is the key: The hotel room key goes mobile
USA Today
The hotel room key card may become as obsolete as the brass room key it replaced. Door lock vendors have developed the technology to let smartphones function as keys, and the hotel industry is starting to experiment with it.
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Inside the minds of millennial attendees
Associations Now
Looking to get millennial attendees to your next event? A new white paper by New York Times bestselling author Dan Schawbel offers some tips. Even better: Some organizations are already heeding his advice.
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Treasury posts proof that Obama kept promise to give up 5 percent of his salary
Government Executive
In April 2013, President Barack Obama pledged to give 5 percent of his salary back to the Treasury to show solidarity with federal workers subject to unpaid furloughs as a result of the sequester. In late June, Treasury confirmed that Obama is squared up on his end. He is paid in full.
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Being seen and heard at work
The Washington Post
Nick Morgan is a communication coach and the author, most recently, of "Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others and Maximizing Your Personal Impact." Morgan spoke about how federal leaders can improve their communication skills with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. These great tips apply to nongovernmental work environments as well.
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Register now for SGMP webinar on July 24 — 'Must-Have Tips on Site Selection'
SGMP
Register now to join SGMP adjunct faculty member Joan Eisenstodt, a very well-known and well-regarded industry expert with 35-plus years of hospitality industry experience, in this fourth installment of SGMP's 2014 Webinar Series. You will quickly identify the key questions to ask beyond "rates and dates," effectively consider staffing and labor issues, easily determine how thoroughly to investigate every aspect of a destination and venue, and effortlessly develop an appreciation for thorough RFPs and RFQs. Education is paramount. Knowledge is power. Register now.
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Traffic jam? Late train? Tarmac wait? Get unstuck
LinkedIn
A new survey from the U.S. Travel Association found that 38 million people avoided domestic air travel last year because it was just too frustrating. Most surveyed said that if travel was more efficient, they would take an average of almost three more plane trips a year. On this holiday weekend (or anytime) when you get stuck in traffic, on a train, waiting for a delayed plane or in any other travel tie-up, the app lets you shoot a real-time note to your Representative in Congress.
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