MEETING

The NSGIC Midyear Meeting provides critical and timely networking opportunities with state and federal officials, industry leaders and other geospatial organizations. You’ll encounter new information and tools to help you do your job more effectively.

Join us in Louisville to:

  • Connect, collaborate, and share with colleagues and thought leaders in the geospatial community
  • Take part in engaging sessions, workshops and the State Caucus (state/local only)
  • Discover the local culture and explore Louisville

NSGIC’s 2019 Midyear Meeting will be held Monday, March 4 to Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Brown Hotel in Louisville KY.


ABOUT LOUISVILLE

Louisville, Kentucky's largest city, sits on the Ohio River along the Indiana border. Every May, Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Derby, whose long history is explored at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Baseball is celebrated at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, where Major League bats are produced and a giant baseball "slugger" marks the entrance. More than 45 different watering holes line the roughly two miles of the Bardstown Road-Baxter Avenue corridor, from elegant restaurants to sticky-floored dives. Sandwiched among them are cafes, galleries specializing in regional ceramics and woodwork, and shops selling vintage clothing and jewelry, musical instruments, and Louisville-themed curiosities. And remember, it’s pronounced “LOU-uh-vull.”


THINGS TO DO

Louisville's park system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the "Father of American Landscape Architecture." Many consider it to be his greatest achievement. Cherokee Park, Iroquois Park, and Shawnee Park are the Flagship Parks, while more than a dozen smaller parks make up Louisville's own "Emerald Necklace."   

Waterfront Park, located downtown, stretches along over a mile of the Ohio River, offers artistic landscaping, fountains, and open lawns, all with spectacular views of the city skyline and the river.

Old Louisville is an architectural treasure trove. Just south of downtown, it is the third largest National Preservation District in the country and the largest Victorian district in the United States. A particularly beautiful area is St. James Court and Belgravia Court, which plays host each fall to the St James Court Art Show.   A good way to see the neighborhood is to follow a walking tour.

Market Street has a number of art galleries. If you are in Louisville on the first Friday of the month, there is a free gallery hop. 21C Museum Hotel has several art installations open to the public and is, like all hotels, is open to the public 24 hours a day.  

Louisville has a large and thriving music scene catering to every possible taste in music. There are many bars that feature standard-issue cover bands but of greater interest to adventurous visitors are the venues featuring original local music as well as big-name out-of-town acts.  

Where to eat:
Local specialties include the Hot Brown, a broiled open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and mornay sauce, and Derby pie, which is similar to a pecan pie but incorporates chocolate.

Locals usually prefer to dine at one of the local eating establishments below:
  • Spinelli's, 614 Baxter Ave. Late night (until 5 am every day) Philly pizza. 
  • Twig & Leaf, Corner of Bardstown Rd and Douglass Blvd. Classic American diner and a local tradition.
  • Juanita's Burger Boy Diner 1450 S. Brook St. (Old Louisville). This diner is open 24/7, is probably the cheapest place in town. Cash only—an ATM is available in the restaurant.
Microbreweries:
  • Bluegrass Brewing Company, Located directly across the street from the Brown Hotel- 11 am-10 pm M-Th, 11 am-11 pm F-Sa, closed Su. Local microbrewery with live music some nights. 
  • Against the Grain, 401 E. Main St, 11 am-10 pm M-Th, 11 am-12 pm F-Sa, 12 pm-9: 30 pm Su. Restaurant and bar that is connected to Louisville Slugger Field (home to the Louisville Bats AAA baseball team, affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds). The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with brunch on Sundays.
Bourbon:

Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon where distillers have been crafting batches large and small since the 18th century and thus perfecting it for over 200 years. Kentucky still produces 95% of the supply making it bourbon’s true homeplace.
Louisville has been home to Bourbon distillers since the city’s founding in 1780 and today you’ll find your taste for Bourbon on Louisville’s vibrant Urban Bourbon Trail. A sophisticated “pub crawl”, including 34 of the top restaurants and bars in Louisville that have a commitment to sharing the heritage and culture of Kentucky Bourbon. Visit just six of them and be rewarded with a t-shirt of your experience.
While in Louisville, you’ll want to try the city’s official cocktail. Though the Mint Julep is certainly the star of the Kentucky Derby, the Old Fashioned was declared the city’s official libation in 2015. A private club in downtown Louisville (the Pendennis Club) has claimed its invention since the 1880s. Make sure to try the Mint Julep as well- The Brown Hotel bar offers one the best in town!


Pubs:

There are many pubs around the city, with varying styles, prices and crowds. The Highlands, especially around the 900 block of Baxter Ave., is a great place to grab a drink:
  • Dublin's Cellar, 942 Baxter Ave, M-F- 4 pm-4 am, Sa, Su- 12 noon-4 am. Irish Pub that has 68 beers on tap.   
  • Nachbar, 969 Charles St- M-Sa 2 pm-4 am, Su 4 pm-4 am. Large beer selection with a focus on German and Belgian style beers. Also features jazz occasionally.  


REGISTRATION

REGISTER ONLINE

Your registration includes:

  • Access to the extensive educational program, workshops, caucuses, and networking
  • Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks as scheduled on program days
  • Dinner reception and nightly hospitality suite

NOTE: You must have a NSGIC account in order to register. Learn more about establishing a limited access account, membership or sponsorship.

REGISTRATION FEES by Member Type

Early Bird Rate
12/03/19 - 01/07/19

Standard Rate
01/07/19 - 03/04/19

On-Site Rate
03/04/19 and later

State Members (State Leader, State Council, State Government categories), Institutional Members, Federal Members/Partners

$565

$665

$765

Limited Access Account - Public Sector

$765

$965

$1065

One Day Only - State Members, Institutional Members, Federal Members/Partners, Limited Access Account - Public Sector

$365

$365

$365

Business Member Sponsors – Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze

Total # Registrations included in Sponsorship:
 Platinum (6), Gold (4), Silver (2), Bronze (1)


For registration questions, please contact Bridget Nolan at [email protected] or 504-435-0173.
All corporate attendees must be sponsors in order to attend NSGIC meetings. 

 

Sponsors
For more information about our current sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bronwyn Walls at [email protected] or 985-377-9590.

Sponsors who would like to register additional colleagues beyond the number of registrations included in their sponsorship should contact Bronwyn Walls at [email protected] or 985-377-9590.

 

CONFERENCE GRANTS

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.

APPLY  HERE

Grant Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 2, 2019


GENERAL INFO

Conference Location
The Brown Hotel is a historic 16-story hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, located downtown, on the corner of Fourth and Broadway. This sophisticated and historical hotel is six miles from Louisville International Airport. 


 

Deluxe King- $138.00 + Tax
Deluxe Double- $138.00+ Tax
Luxury Double- $158.00+ Tax
Luxury King- $158.00+ Tax
Club Classic Queen- $178.00+ Tax
Club Classic King- $178.00+ Tax
Club Luxury King- $198.00+ Tax

 

Tax currently is 16.07% (subject to change). The per diem rate is available until Feb 8, 2019 at 5pm. Reservation requests made after this date will be accepted on a space and rate availability. Please call The Brown Hotel to make your reservation. Be sure to request a room under the NSGIC Block.

The Brown Hotel Front Desk- (502) 209-7346  

Confirmation
Upon receipt of the submitted registration form and payment of your full registration fee, you will receive confirmation of your registration via email. The confirmation email is your receipt for the meeting. 

Cancellation / Refund Policy
Cancellation of your registration must be received in writing. Refunds are available as follows:

  • By February 4, 2019 - full refund of registration fees paid
  • By February 18, 2019 - refund of registration fees paid, less a $50 administrative fee.
  • February 19, 2019, and later - no refund

Onsite/Walk-Up Registration
Please note that attendees who do not pre-register for the meeting will be required to register and pay the registration fee in full prior to admittance into the meeting.

Attire
Business casual attire is appropriate for all events.

Travel

The Brown Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport, which operates 24-hours a day. Upon arriving at the airport, please call the hotel to arrange pick-up. The operator will have further instructions on where to meet the shuttle.

By car
Several Interstates pass through Louisville: I-65, I-64, and I-71. I-71 (North-South) begins in Louisville and heads Northeast to Cincinnati and Cleveland. I-65 (North-South) will carry you from just outside Chicago, through Indianapolis North of Louisville and to the south through Nashville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Alabama, all the way to the coast at Mobile. I-64 (East-West) travels east through Lexington, West Virginia, on into Richmond, and ends near the Atlantic Ocean in Chesapeake, Virginia. To the west, you'll find its beginning/end in St. Louis, the "Gateway to the West"

By plane
Louisville International Airport is served by all major American airlines. Direct flights are available to most of their hubs, including Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Philadelphia.

Weather
Daily temperatures in early March range from a low of 35°F to a high of 63°F.

Questions?
For all registration and membership inquiries, please contact Bridget Nolan, Membership and Meetings Coordinator at [email protected].