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President's signature ends government shutdown ... for now
SGMP
As this edition of The SGMP Link was being readied for distribution, there was constantly breaking news regarding the resolution to the government shutdown and the debt ceiling deadline. SGMP stands united with our planner and supplier members who plan and support meetings on behalf of the federal government.
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More uncertainty awaits feds after the shutdown
Government Executive
The government shutdown is winding to an end, but federal employees are not out of the woods quite yet. The shutdown, which has — for varying lengths of times — furloughed roughly 900,000 federal employees and temporarily cut off paychecks for many more, appeared primed to end Wednesday, Oct. 16, 16 days since the government last operated at full strength. All federal employees, including those on furlough, will likely be reimbursed for the time they missed. They still, however, face uncertainty.
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Infographic: Visualizing the shutdown's real-time impact on federal employees
Government Executive
Dan Delany at Enigma.io took it upon himself to compile all the lapse planning data submitted to OMB into one spreadsheet and process it into a striking interactive showing the real time cost of the shutdown, the number of employees furloughed and the percentage breakdown of furloughs by department.
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Post-shutdown recovery: 3 ways to get your brain back on track
Government Executive
Now that it appears the crisis de jour is just about over, it's time to get back to work. Easier said than done. Sequestration. Two furloughs within a matter of months. Government shutdown. And oh, we might do this song and dance all over again come January. The shutdown, having forced hundreds of thousands of public servants into an open-ended period of unpaid leave, equaled hundreds of thousands of brains struggling with uncertainty and its cognitive ripple. So what to do? Here are three actions you can take to keep you and your team moving beyond the distraction of the shutdown and reengaged when resuming work.
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Registration for the 2014 SGMP NEC and Expo is now open
SGMP
You can register today and exhibitors can take advantage now of our new Early Bird Specials through Dec 15. The conference is on May 6-8, 2014, at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower and the Oregon Convention Center. The Doubletree by Hilton Portland will also support the meeting.
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Government shutdown costs travel industry $152 million a day
Smart Meetings
According to the U.S. Travel Association, as many as 450,000 American workers supported by the travel industry may be affected by the government shutdown. In a letter sent Oct. 11 to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Travel Association said the shutdown costs the U.S. $152 million per day in economic output due to lost travel-related activity.
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Leadership in an age of righteousness
Government Executive
From time to time throughout history, across civilizations, and within organizations, communities occasionally experience epochs of righteousness. Righteousness is a word invented by William Tyndale, who first translated Greek and Hebrew bibles into English around 1526. Today, we live in an age of righteousness in which we find polarized communities in the United States as well as around the globe.
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4 ways to make real changes at your event
ExpoWeb
Let's start with the fact that change is happening all of the time in the event world. From the incorporation of new technologies to customer-driven demands, we are always facing change. But many of these changes are evolutionary in nature — they don't impact the overall structure and design of an event. "What I'm talking about here is effecting revolutionary change: shaking things up and trying out some really new ideas," writes Joe English.
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5 'megatrends' shaping the meetings and conventions industry
International Meetings Review
The German Convention Bureau has released findings from "Meetings and Conventions 2030: A Study of Megatrends Shaping our Industry." Here are the top five megatrends from the study.
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Infographic: The top challenges (and solutions) in event logistics
ExpoWeb
Event logistics, freight shipping and material handling are essential elements of any convention, exhibition, event or exhibit program. There is a need for industry benchmarks, insights and trend analysis to help industry executives make more informed decisions and better manage their event logistics requirements and programs. In response, EXPO Magazine and UPS have worked together to study and quantify many of these key areas and trends.
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GBTA: Government shutdown threatening business travel gains
Meetings and Conventions
The government shutdown poses a real threat to the otherwise rosy forecast of business travel growth in the coming year, according to the Global Business Travel Association. This year's final GBTA BTI Outlook-United States projects a 7.2 percent growth in business travel spending for 2014, to $288.8 billion, as well as a 1.6 percent growth in the number of trips taken, to 459.2 million. But a survey of 257 of the association's travel-professional members reveals that the government shutdown already is taking a toll and has the potential to derail that growth.
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Conferences canceled by the shutdown
Smart Meetings
With the government shutdown well into its second week, the ongoing budget impasse is starting to rack up quite a list of conference casualties. The fallout isn't limited to events sponsored by the government; private events that rely on heavy government participation are being forced to alter their plans, too. While the Washington, D.C., market has undoubtedly been hit hardest, the shutdown is affecting meetings and venues across the country. Here is a look at some of the conferences that have been canceled as a result of the crisis.
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