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Feb. 12, 2015

How to prevent the spread of illness at meetings
Successful Meetings
Meetings are designed to facilitate the spread of information. Unfortunately, knowledge isn't the only thing attendees share at meetings and conventions. Often, they also share germs. In the Ebola era, that gives meeting planners a new and important role: guardians of public health.More

Companies pay big bucks to keep travelers connected
Hotel Management
The average American traveler spends $15.10 on Wi-fi and roaming charges per trip to stay connected while on the road. U.S. companies spend a combined $7.3 billion annually, but they aren’t necessarily paying for the best connection. More

Report examines behavior behind decision to attend exhibitions and events
Meetings and Conventions
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the Professional Convention Management Association and the Experience Institute have collaborated on a report that studies attendee behavior and what influences their decision to participate in exhibitions, meetings and events.More

Travel, meeting restrictions stymie federal workers
The Washington Post
Three years after the Obama administration clamped down on travel and training in response to the GSA meeting scandal, employees at a wide range of agencies say the restrictions are taking a toll. SGMP Executive Director & CEO Rob Bergeron responded with a letter to the editor of The Washington Post that was also sent to all members, and the Post followed up with another article the next day.More

Exhibitors, register today for the 2015 NEC & Expo
SGMP
The 2015 SGMP National Education Conference & Expo (NEC) on April 28-30 in Minneapolis is the largest annual event in the government meetings industry and is where government professionals from across the country come together for education, resources and networking. It's also is a great opportunity to promote your services to government meeting professionals from throughout the country. It's not too late to sign up for a booth; contact mark.harvey@sgmp.org.More

Where the feds are: Not just in capital area
The Washington Post
This week, the Federal Employed Women association released an interactive map of the federal presence nationwide. The newly-compiled figures show that federal employees can be found in every state and congressional district.More

Hottest hotel openings of 2015
Meetings Net
There's a lot to be said for booking a brand-new hotel — the cachet of being among the first groups at an impressive new property, the allure of the latest technologies, the pleasure of walking into a fresh space and even the possibility of improving your negotiation leverage by being one of the first groups on the books. Whatever the reason, planners in search of new meeting and incentive sites have plenty to look forward to this year.More

Big hotel brands getting on board with user reviews
Skift
When TripAdvisor launched in 2000, not many people cared about regular travelers' thoughts about hotels, attractions or travel in general. How times have changed. Now many hotels are displaying TripAdvisor reviews on their websites, knowing that user reviews are at the heart of online travel research and bookings. More

Find time to develop your leadership skills
The Washington Post
Federal leaders give themselves poor grades when it comes to engaging in professional development. Here are some steps to help you improve your skills at work. More

SGMP announces 2015-2017 Board of Directors
Meetings and Conventions
SGMP members cast their votes for a new board recently, and current SGMP first vice president Maggie McGowan, CGMP, CMP, was elected president for the two-year term. SGMP shared the list of newly-elected board members via social media and an all-member message last week. Keep in touch with breaking SGMP news: Friend "SGMPNation" on Facebook ... Connect with "Society of Government Meetings Professionals" on LinkedIn ... Follow "@SGMPHQ" on Twitter ... Subscribe to "SGMPHQ" on YouTube.More

Donate now to SGMP's 2015 Online Auction
SGMP
SGMP's Gilmer Institute of Learning (GIL) is asking for your donations for the online auction at the National Education Conference & Expo (NEC) in April. This is a fundraiser that will benefit the GIL scholarship fund, which provides an opportunity for government planners to attend the NEC. SGMP members plus friends and family may all contribute — so this is great exposure to a national audience for you, your organization and your local area.

Please use the auction donation form and ensure that you send in your commitment today to GIL Fundraising Trustee Kimberly Forte, CGMP, at kforte@brownpalace.com. If you have questions or concerns, please email kforte@brownpalace.com or melinda.mintz@jqh.com. We look forward to a successful auction and an exciting conference in Minneapolis. Thank you for your past and continuing support of SGMP's mission of enhancing and promoting the expertise of government meeting professionals. More

What should Boston do with all that snow?
Government Executive
With a record-shattering six feet of snow covering Boston in just four weeks, the city is scrambling to find places to stash its plowed snow. Haul it to "snow farms" outside the city? Dump it in the harbor? The city is open to ideas, putting out a call this week to academics, environmental leaders and the general public. More