Welcome to your home base for the 2022 NSGIC Annual Conference!

As information becomes available, it will be posted here to include agenda updates, details on sessions, speakers and other conference related activities.


About the Annual Conference

The NSGIC Board of Directors, Conference Committee, and staff are looking forward to heading to Portland, OR for the 2022 NSGIC Annual Conference, Where Geospatial Collaboration Works to be held September 18-23 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown. This year's theme was inspired by the Portland City Government slogan, "The City that Works".

The NSGIC Annual Conference is the place to enhance geospatial excellence and collaboration for state, local, tribal, and federal GIS policymakers and coordinators, private sector partners and other leaders in the geospatial ecosystem. Providing critical and timely networking opportunities, the conference also offers the chance to connect, collaborate, and share with colleagues and partners.

Agenda will consist of:

  • Roll Call of States - where state representatives share a snapshot of achievements, challenges, and upcoming activities
  • Plenary Sessions - presentations by and for the NSGIC community exploring challenges, successes, and new approaches for collaboration in the geospatial ecosystem
  • State Caucus - a roundtable discussion with state and local government representatives to talk frankly about current pressing issues
  • GIO Academy - leadership sessions and networking for GIOs, Deputy GIOs, NSGIC State Representatives and by GIO or State Representative invitation only. (separate registration is complimentary but required)
  • Speed Networking - the fun and fast-paced activity where sponsors, who have allocated points, will rotate to complete the circuit of visiting with state reps
  • Annual Business Meeting - including the election of new board members and leadership transition
  • Awards Reception - Recognizing exceptional work through the Geospatial Excellence Awards & NSGIC Service Awards
  • And much more!

Draft Agenda-At-A-Glance
*Subject to Change

On-Demand Content

In addition to all the great live sessions delivered during the conference, all registrants will have access to on-demand programming from the NSGIC community. Descriptions and details will be announced as we get closer.

Sunday | Sept 18 | 8:30am - 12:00pm PT

This year’s GIO Academy at the NSGIC Annual Conference in Portland will be a hybrid format, to include as many State leaders as possible. The GIO Academy is intended to bring GIOs and state leaders together to discuss common challenges and opportunities as leaders. The GIO Academy Work Group has put together a fabulous agenda! We plan to unveil the recently completed Strategic Planning Playbook. This resource is an outcome from last year’s GIO Academy session at the Annual Conference on Strategic Planning.

The Playbook discussion will be followed by seasoned GIOs sharing their insights relating to the 10 Lessons for a GIO document produced by the GIO Academy four years ago and facilitate discussion around each topic. 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 insights to effect change in your state.

Participation in the GIO Academy is limited to GIOs, Deputy GIOs, NSGIC State Representatives and by
 GIO or State Representative invitation only.
Invitations should be communicated to Emily Ruetz at [email protected] for registration.

Annual Conference registration is not required to participate. 
However, separate registration is required to attend and there is no cost.


Conference Registration

A full meeting registration includes access to live plenary sessions and other programming, on-demand content, conference mobile app and all networking events. Meals provided with your registration fee include breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. The Awards Reception and Spatial Social will have heavy hors d'oeuvre, but it is not a proper sit down dinner. The evening Dine Arounds and Dinner with the Board will be "pay your own way". 

This year's Annual Conference will be an in-person event with no hybrid or virtual registration option as we heard the feedback from membership and feel the best value for all attendees is provided in the face-to-face experience of being present and on-site. To register, you will need to be a NSGIC member and logged in to your account. Please note that all corporate attendees must be sponsors in good standing in order to attend NSGIC conferences. (see sponsorship section below)

Rates & Deadlines

Not a Member of NSGIC?

Use this form to kick off the conference registration process. Once complete, a NSGIC staff member will reach out to you to help complete the process.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellation of your registration must be received in writing by Friday, August 19 to qualify for a full refund of registration fees paid. Cancellations received in writing between August 20 and September 9 will result in a $50 administrative fee. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations canceled after September 9.

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 conference registration fees. For more information, please refer to the conference grant policy and travel policy. We are no longer accepting grant applications.   

Presentation Abstracts

For the 2022 Annual Conference we are soliciting abstracts for live in-person Plenary content, which will be selected on a competitive basis. In addition, pre-recorded On-Demand presentations can be submitted. Full details and instructions for submitting abstracts can be found on the 2022 Annual Conference Abstracts Page. We are no long accepting abstracts.

NSGIC Awards

Champion  |  Catalyst  |  Innovator

2022 Award nominations have closed

All NSGIC members in good standing may submit a nomination for the Geospatial Excellence Awards per the categories below. 


Lifetime  |  Outstanding  |  Distinguished  |  Dedicated

Nominations for Service Awards are handled by the NSGIC Board of Directors and presented at the Annual Conference. For a list of past award winners please visit the NSGIC Awards page


For more information about our current sponsorship opportunities, or for current sponsors who would like to register additional colleagues for the conference, please contact Amy Holmes at [email protected].

Hotel Info

NSGIC has secured a group block of rooms for our attendees at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown (319 SW Pine Street, Portland, OR, 97204), where the conference will be held. Thank you for booking your hotel room through the NSGIC block; it allows NSGIC to keep registration fees as low as possible and negotiate lower room rates for our participants.

Group rates are based on room type starting at $182 (government per diem) plus tax.

The last day for guaranteed hotel block pricing is August 29!

Hotel Parking

NSGIC conference attendees will receive a discounted rate on parking at the hotel.

Airport & Transfer Info

Portland International Airport (PDX): Distance to hotel: 9 miles, roughly a 20-minute drive

The hotel does not have an airport shuttle, however, the airport has many options for ground transportation to include taxis, shuttles, rental cars and app-based ride share.


If you prefer to take the train, Amtrak has a stop right downtown less than a mile from the hotel. 


About the Area

Portland, Oregon, named the “Best American City of 2013,” is known for its beautiful scenery, delicious food, craft beverages, and friendly people, the “City of Roses” has something for everyone. The downtown area is full of sculptures, fountains, and other public art, and short blocks make it easy to walk. Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate Portland’s many green spaces and parks, including Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the United States. Indoor enthusiasts love Powell's Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore, as well as Portland’s many fantastic neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants. Whether you’re a hiker or a biker, a book lover or a beer lover, you’ll find something to love about Portland.


Portland's pleasant summer weather continues into September with relatively sunny and dry conditions along with moderate temperatures. September's highs average in the mid to high 60s and low temperatures average in the mid 40s to low 50s. In September and October, days tend to be mild and partly sunny as the weather begins to cool. Rain showers become more common and the leaves start changing color (making hikes and outdoor strolls more beautiful than ever).

What to Pack

For a trip to Portland in the fall, it is recommended to pack several layers and a rain-proof jacket. "Old-school Portlanders" tend to shun umbrellas, but they can come in handy to shield you from heavier showers if needed. 

Things to Do

Visit the Travel Portland website for a full calendar of events scheduled for September 2022.

Events at Moda Center - 1 Mile / 4 minute drive from hotel (1 N Center Ct St)

Sticker Swap!

Don't forget about the always popular, Sticker Swap! Bring some stickers from your organization to share with others. There will be an area setup near registration to drop off and pick up. 

Take a few, leave a few! 

COVID Safety

The health, safety, and comfort of our attendees are of utmost importance to us as we continue to plan for this in-person event. 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. As much as possible, we will set meeting rooms to provide attendees with extra space to support social distancing.

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 event. Conference attendees with special needs will be accommodated as best as possible; please contact Amy Holmes ([email protected]) with questions or to request accommodation.

The Travel Portland website also has resources to help better understand the current environment and to help answer the most common questions about visiting Portland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Questions?

For all registration, sponsorship and/or membership inquiries, please contact Operations Manager, Amy Holmes, at [email protected]