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The NSGIC Board of Directors, Conference Committee, and staff couldn’t be more excited to welcome many of our members and partners to meet again in person!

The 2021 NSGIC Annual Conference will be held September 20 - 24 as a hybrid event at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel and leveraging technology to provide for virtual participation, as well.

The safety and comfort of conference participants are paramount. We will be following all guidance in place at the time of the conference and working closely with venues to ensure full care is given.

We understand that not all conference attendees will be able to join us in person. Those participating virtually can expect a rich experience with interactive plenary presentations, networking opportunities, and participatory workshops and other sessions. (We’re so sure you’re going to enjoy the experience, we urge you to consider participating from home or another space where you can give it your full attention.)

Whether you attend in-person or virtually, the NSGIC Annual Conference is the hub of critical connections for state, local, tribal, and federal GIS policymakers and coordinators, private sector partners and solution-providers, and other leaders in the geospatial ecosystem. Like nowhere else, the NSGIC Annual Conference is a place where relationships are built, information is shared, and collaborations are born.

A detailed agenda will be released next month, to include information on specific plenary and breakout sessions, as well as more about:

  • Roll Call of States - where state representatives sharing a snapshot of achievements, challenges, and upcoming activities
  • State Caucus - a roundtable discussion with state and local government representatives to talk frankly about the most pressing issues of the day
  • Annual Business Meeting - including the election of new board members and leadership transition
  • Speed Networking - the fun and fast-paced series of events where sponsors rotate to complete the circuit of visiting with all states
  • Awards Ceremony - recognizing exceptional work through the Geospatial Excellence Awards and NSGIC Service Awards
  • Much, much more!

DRAFT AGENDA: Subject to change as content is developed!

NOTE: Core hours for live hybrid content are noted in the blue box.


Choose to attend the NSGIC Annual Conference in person or virtually. The registration fee includes access to live plenary sessions and other programming during “core hours,” on-demand content, conference app and networking spaces, and archive recordings, transcripts, and other materials.

NOTE: To register, you will need to log in to your NSGIC account. If you do not have a NSGIC account, we invite you to learn more about membership or sponsorship. If you work for a public sector organization and wish to register as a non-member, a NSGIC account will be created for you by choosing the “New User” login option. Please note all corporate attendees must be sponsors in order to attend NSGIC meetings.

Early Bird
6/1 - 7/15
7/16 - 8/31
9/1 - 9/24
State Members (State Leader, State Council, State Government categories), Institutional Members, Federal Members/Partners$725$825$925
Non-Members and Associate Members (public sector only)$925$1025$1125
One Day (public sector only)$365
Introductory Sponsorship$1500
Sponsor MembersTotal registrations included in sponsorships:
Platinum: 6; Gold: 4; Silver: 2; Bronze: 1

Rates increase September 1

The GIO Academy will be held on Monday, September 20, from 8 am to 1 pm CT.

The event will kick off with a networking breakfast for those gathering in person. Followed by hybrid programming, bringing those in the room and folks virtual together to discuss topics like state-level coordination, cooperation, collaboration, strategic planning, and working with local governments. 

This is an excellent opportunity to network and connect with your peers in states across the country, learning about their successes and challenges and potentially using those nuggets to effect change in your state. 

There is no additional cost to participate, but the GIO Academy requires a separate registration.

This session will be led by Dan Ross (MN) and Mike Woodford (ID). 


Cancellation of your registration must be received in writing by August 23 to qualify for a full refund of registration fees paid. Cancellations received in writing between August 23 and September 19 will result in a $50 administrative fee. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after September 19.


For more information about our current sponsorship opportunities, or for current sponsors who would like to register additional colleagues, please contact Amy Holmes at amy.holmes@nsgic.org.


NSGIC has secured a group block room for our attendees at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel  (15201 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, TX 75001), where the conference will be held.

Room rates are the government rate of $157 (single/double occupancy) plus state and local taxes (currently 13%). These rates will be available for three days prior and three days after the meeting dates, subject to availability at the time you make your reservation. NSGIC group room rates are available until August 27, 2021. After this date, current market room rates will apply based on room availability.

You must be registered to attend the conference in order to receive the discounted rate. Details on how to reserve a room at the conference rate will be included in your confirmation email, after you have completed your registration.

NOTE: If you have a special case and need to reserve a hotel room prior to registering for the conference, please email Amy Holmes at amy.holmes@nsgic.org.

The last day to secure a room at the conference rate is August 27, 2021.


On-site parking fee: $15/day
Valet parking fee: $28/day


Dallas Love Field (DAL)
Hotel distance: 12.5 miles N

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Hotel distance: 20.8 miles NE

  • Super Shuttle fee: $35 one way (reservation required)
  • Estimated taxi fare: $55 one way
  • Estimated ride share: $40 - $45 one way

NOTE: The hotel does not provide airport shuttle service.


For NSGIC state representatives faced with funding challenges, NSGIC offers limited conference grants to fully or partially cover reasonable travel expenses, hotel accommodations, and/or meeting registration fees. For more information, please refer to the conference grant policy and travel policy.

Grant Application Deadline was July 16


NSGIC conferences benefit from the experience, expertise, discoveries, perspectives, and vision of NSGIC members and partners. Conference presenters don’t “drop in” for a session, but participate fully in the conference to ensure continued dialogue on their topics.

We are no longer accepting abstracts.


The NSGIC Geospatial Excellence Awards celebrate 30 years of facilitating smart policy, partnership-building, innovation, and professional growth. Please consider nominating an individual or organization - they don't have to be NSGIC members! This is a perfect opportunity for you to increase the profile of GIS in your state. Geospatial Excellence Award presentations will be held at the NSGIC Business Meeting during this year's Annual Conference, September 23, 2021. 

For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit the 2021 Excellence Awards Page.

Deadline for nominations is July 26.


Now that many of us will be back in-person, don't forget about the Sticker Swap! There will be a table setup next to registration. Bring some stickers from your organization to share with members. Take a few, leave a few!


The 2021 NSGIC Annual Conference will be held just north of the city of Dallas in Addison, TX. Addison is known as the restaurant capital of the world, with more than 180 eatery options, many within walking distance of the conference hotel. In and around Addison, beyond the many restaurants and bars, visitors will enjoy several large parks, museums, and lots of shopping. Hop in a car to be in downtown Dallas within about 20 minutes. More information can be found on the Visit Addison website or in the Addison Visitor & Restaurant Guide.


September is still fairly warm in the Dallas area, with daytime temps getting up to 88°F and dipping to 68°F on the average night.


State Fair of Texas: September 24 - October 17, 2021. Music, car show, rides, games, livestock and more!

Addison Oktoberfest 2021: September 16-19, 2021

Dallas Taco & Margarita Festival: Saturday September 25th, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Dallas Zoo: With 106 acres to explore, thousands of animals to visit, and a huge variety of family activities, there is plenty to experience at the Dallas Zoo!

The Dallas World Aquarium: The Dallas World Aquarium and zoo is located in the West End Historic District. It aids conservation and education by housing many animals that are threatened.

Galleria Dallas
: A shopping mall and mixed-use development located about 5 minutes by car from the conference hotel.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum: A non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America's aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation. Located about 10 minutes by car from the conference hotel.

Six Flags Over Texas: A 212-acre theme park located in Arlington, Texas, about 30 minutes by car from the conference hotel. It is the first amusement park in the Six Flags chain.

AT&T Stadium: Formerly Cowboys Stadium, it is a retractable roof stadium in Arlington, TX, about 35 minutes by car from the conference hotel and serves as the home of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).


From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Marriott’s focus and priority has been, and continues to be, on the health and well-being of their associations, guests, and visitors. Communities across the U.S. are faced with new challenges each day and Marriott continues to explore ways that they can do more and honor their shared responsibility to protect their associates and guests.

Marriott’s “new normal” has continued to evolve and change over time to reflect government guidance and new societal expectations. They’ve deployed 200+ cleaning protocols each step of their guests’ journey and every physical space in the hotel. They are deploying scientifically supported practices and innovations, and providing their teams with the tools, training, and resources that are necessary in this environment.

  • Deeper, more frequent cleaning
  • Leveraging technology innovations
  • Cleanliness training
  • Less contact, more connection

Based on present requirements, Renaissance Hotel employees must provide proof of vaccination or wear appropriate masks. If vaccinated, NSGIC conference participants will not be required to wear masks. Masks will be provided for any conference attendees who wish to wear them.

Extra sanitizing stations and additional, thorough cleaning and sanitizing continue throughout the hotel and conference areas. Room set-ups provide for extra space to support the clean and sanitized area for individuals.

NSGIC will continue to evaluate the situation and work with the hotel to implement safety practices recommended by local, state, and federal government agencies at the time of the conference. Conference attendees with special needs will be accommodated as best as possible; please contact Amy Holmes (amy.holmes@nsgic.org) with questions or to request accommodation.


For all registration, sponsorship and/or membership inquiries, please contact Amy Holmes, Membership Associate, at amy.holmes@nsgic.org