Midwestern Public Administration Conferences

• Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
• 112th Annual GFOA Conference
• SAIGE National Training Program
• PRSA Public Affairs and Government Summit
• NCMA World Congress 2018

Public administration conferences are annual events held by professional associations to arm attendees with the latest innovations and strategies for developing harmonious communities.

Called the Rust Belt for its industrial decline, the Midwest has nine states providing great case studies for public administrators to learn from. Home to 65 million, the Midwest is known for producing highly regarded public officials like Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, William Taft, Dwight Eisenhower, and Harry Truman. The Midwest also proudly houses the world’s seventh-largest city, Chicago, with a gross metro product of $640 billion!

Midwesterners should start planning professional development for 2018 with these five conferences about public administration at the federal, state, and local levels.

1. Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo: Kansas City, MO

March 26-29, 2018

Heading into an Edison Award-winning city this March, the Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo will host 2,500 attendees at the Kansas City Conference Center to review tech tools revolutionizing public administration. Offering an Early Bird rate of $1,195, the four-day event will feature keynote speakers Mayor Sly James, CIO Bob Bennett, and Deputy COO David Graham. Along with workshops like “How to Design a Smart City,” the conference will include 300+ exhibitors with solutions to IT security, healthcare, energy, transportation, data analytics, and more.


2. 112th Annual GFOA Conference: St. Louis, MO

May 6-9, 2018

Giving up to 20 CPE credits, the Government Finance Officers Association’s 112th Annual Conference will take place in May at the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown Convention Center starting with a First-Timers Brunch. Priced at $380 for GFOA members, it’s one of the four-day conferences about public administration that focuses on money matters with session tracks like Capital Finance, Treasury Management, Auditing, and Pension Administration. For fun, the over 4,000 attendees can also enjoy a Night at the Peabody, Cardinals game, and Gateway Arch Walking Tour.


3. SAIGE National Training Program: Green Bay, WI

June 11-15, 2018

In June, the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) will hold its 16th Annual National Training Program at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay. Devoted to “Honoring Our Ancestors Through Public Service,” the five-day blockbuster event will bring together Native American administrators to discuss the unique needs of tribal lands. Sponsored by the Oneida Tribe Wisconsin, the program will include guest speakers like Chief John Floyd, cultural events, the USDA Pre-Training Forum, and a golf tournament.


4. PRSA Public Affairs and Government Summit: Kansas City, MO

June 14-16, 2018

Sponsored by NOAA, the Public Relations Society of America will invite its 21,000 members to the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City this June for the Public Affairs and Government Summit. Charging PAG Section members just $650 until May, the three-day public administration conference will center on the best communicative methods to face today’s media issues. The agenda will include a welcome reception, keynote luncheon with Gary Kremen, introduction by PRSA chair Jane Dvorak, and closing dinner.


5. NCMA World Congress 2018: Cleveland, OH

July 22-25, 2018

At Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, the National Contract Management Association will hold the World Congress 2018 for more than 2,000 public administrators to learn the latest procurement strategies for government. Also available virtually, the four-day conference will feature a leadership master class, career fair, newcomers meetup, and networking lunch. Attracting keynote speakers like Steve Sarris, the event will provide up to 20 credits toward the CPCM, CFCM, and CCCM certifications.


Whether you’re elected or appointed, citizens are relying on you to stay sharp on policy practices to competently manage your district’s governance needs. Public administration conferences are the ideal spot for earning CEUs for certification while reaffirming your skills for civil servant leadership. Registering for conferences can pay you back with greater focus, bigger network connections, and better tactics for your next campaign.

These conferences about public administration in the Midwest in 2018 are can’t-miss opportunities to grow.

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