2013 Professional Development Seminar

RACSS 2013 Professional Development Seminar


Colorado CapitolOct. 9-11, 2013  ♦  Denver, Colorado
Research and Committee Staff Section (RACSS)

The 2013 RACSS Professional Development Seminar is a joint meeting with the Legal Services Staff Section (LSSS), Leadership Staff Section and legislative HR staff. Each of the staff sections and the HR group will offer their own separate programs for their members, but all of the groups will share a joint plenary session and some meals. In addition, staff sections that have parallel interests, such as RACSS and LSSS, will hold several joint sessions.

Programs include hiring practices, exemplary staff services, paperless legislatures, effective use of interim sessions, working with new members, and effective communications.  There will also be plenty of time to network with your counterparts from other states and learn about their state legislatures.  You'll come away with renewed enthusiasm and lots of good ideas for your job!


Registration fees are:

  • Legislative staff: $350 early bird (by Sept. 6)
  • Legislative staff: $375 regular (after Sept. 6) 
  • Spouse/guest: $150
  • All others: $450

Three ways to register for the meeting:

  • Register online
  • Fax the registration form to 303-364-7811
  • Register onsite - if you are unable to meet the Oct. 2 registration deadline, please register onsite.

Spouse/Guest Registration. The spouse/guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and social events.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Oct. 8 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Confirmations will be e-mailed if an address is provided. Letter confirmations will be mailed upon request.

Stipends: Sorry, there are no travel stipends or scholarships available for this meeting.



The seminar will be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver.  Unfortunately, our room block has already sold out, although you might continue to check availability to see if there have been cancellations.

       550 15th St.
       Denver, CO 80202
       Tel: 303-534-7800
       Use Group Code: NCS
  • Map of Other Nearby Hotels
  • List of Nearby Hotels - all hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt or you may use the 16th Street Mall Shuttle, which runs continuously through the day and early evening.
  • The Brown Palace Hotel
    (800) 627-7468
  • Comfort Inn Downtown
    (303) 296-0400
  • Grand Hyatt Denver
    (303) 295-1234
  • Magnolia Hotel
    (303) 607-9000
  • Hotel Monaco
    (303) 296-1717
  • Denver Marriott City Center
    (303) 297-1300
  • Sheraton Denver Downtown
    (303) 893-3333
  • Crowne Plaza Downtown
    (303) 573-1450
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
    (303) 603-8000
  • Hyatt Regency Denver
    (303) 436-1234
  • Embassy Suites Denver
    (303) 592-1000
  • Westin Denver Downtown
    (303) 572-9100

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her own hotel and travel arrangements. Hotel reservations must be held by one night's room deposit (major credit card guarantee is acceptable).



Air Travel
Denver, Colorado is served by the Denver International Airport. Christopherson Travel is NCSL's official travel agency.   

To make flight reservations, call Christopherson Travel:

  • 303-694-4344 (7 a.m.-6 p.m. MT)
  • 800-825-3283

Ground Transportation
The airport is located approximately 25 miles from downtown Denver. Ground transportation options:

  • Super Shuttle ($22 one way)
  • SkyRide public bus service ($11 one way)
  • rental cars
  • taxi cabs (approximately $63 one way)

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting functions, please notify Heather Plush at 303-364-7700, x1496, of any special accommodations you may require.

City Information
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