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2023 NLPES Professional Development Seminar

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023
    • In-Person Event
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Photo of the New Mexico State Capitol (aka the Roundhouse) in Santa Fe, shot from above surrounded by lush greenery and the sun setting over distant hills

The National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) hosts the only national training event designed exclusively for state legislative staff who work in program evaluation and performance auditing. NLPES will hold its 2023 Professional Development Seminar in Santa Fe, N.M, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee is the host of this year's seminar. 

This seminar offers professional development opportunities for program evaluators and performance auditors of all skill levels. Participate in informative presentations and engage in roundtable discussions with colleagues working on similar issues. Learn new approaches, share ideas and network with your peers from other states.

Legislative audit and evaluation offices operate in a diverse environment, providing objective analysis and conclusions in many different subject areas. Therefore, the seminar program will cover a wide range of topics, such as: 

  • Basic skills. 
  • Data skills. 
  • Leadership skills. 
  • Communication skills. 

The seminar agenda will include a great mix of plenary speakers and concurrent sessions with ample opportunity for panel presentations and discussions about contemporary issues in legislative program evaluation and performance auditing. 

Monday Oct. 30 

10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

NLPES Executive Committee Meeting 

4-7 pm.. 


Tuesday, Oct. 31

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 


8-9 a.m. 

Welcome and Plenary Session 

9:15-10:15 a.m. 

Concurrent Sessions 

10:30-11:45 am.. 

Concurrent Sessions 


Lunch (possible plenary) 

1:30-2:45 p.m. 

Concurrent Sessions 

3-4:30 p.m. 

Concurrent Session 

6-8 p.m. 

Opening Reception 

Wednesday, Nov. 1 

8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Registration and Information Desk 

8:30-9:30 a.m. 

Plenary Session 

9:45-10:45 a.m. 

Concurrent Sessions 

11 a.m.-Noon 

Concurrent Sessions 


NLPES Awards Lunch 

1:15-4:30 p.m. 

NM Capitol – Session & Tours 

5-7 p.m. 

Capitol Reception & Impact Award Fair  

Thursday, Nov. 2 

8 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Registration and Information Desk 

8-9 a.m. 

Plenary Session 

9:15-10:15 a.m. 

Concurrent Sessions 

10:30-11:45 a.m. 

Plenary Session 


Seminar Concludes 

The NCSL room block at the discounted rate is sold out on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. If you only plan to stay until Nov. 1 there are a few rooms remaining at our booking. Otherwise, there are multiple other hotel options, all at different price points, within walking distance from the Drury Hotel. search for hotel availability via our trusted third-party travel partner aRes Travel.

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her own hotel arrangements at the Drury Plaza Hotel. The main conference hotel for the 2023 NLPES Professional Development Seminar.

Please make your hotel reservations at the Drury Plaza Hotel by Sept. 29, 2023. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at:

Drury Plaza Hotel
828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501 | 1-505-428-4546 

Book Your Room
NLPES PDS Group Rate Code: 10051723

Important Note: NCSL has a discounted group rate of $189/night plus tax. The deadline to book your room at the group rate is Friday, Oct. 6, however rooms may sell out prior to that date.  

The NCSL block is Sunday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 3. If you would like to add additional nights, please first book your room for the meeting dates at the link above. Once you receive your confirmation email, you will then need to call the hotel at 1.800.325.0720 to add on additional nights. The group rate will be available for pre and post nights based upon the hotel’s availability. 

  • Single: $189 (not including applicable taxes and fees) 
  • Double: $189 (not including applicable taxes and fees) 
  • Triple: $199 (not including applicable taxes and fees) 
  • Quad: $209 (not including applicable taxes and fees) 

The hotel resort fee has been waived for NLPES participants. 

The rates will be honored three days prior to and three days following the conference, depending upon availability. 

The Drury Plaza Hotel is approximately 1 mile from the New Mexico State Capitol and .2 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza.  

Travel Information 

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her own travel arrangements. 

If you need assistance booking air travel: 

Christopherson Travel 
800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344 

The closest major international airport is Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) a one-hour drive from Santa Fe. ABQ is also served by the Rail Runner Train service to Santa Fe which takes about two hours. For additional details and ground transportation options visit the Sunport’s ground transportation website

Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) offers arrivals in Santa Fe with few non-stop flights. For more information about transportation from Santa Fe Regional Airport to the hotel, visit the airport's ground transportation website.  

The Drury Plaza Hotel does not offer complimentary shuttle service from either airport.  

General Information 

Special Needs 
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Megan McClure and Taylor Dybdahl about any special accommodations you may require or any dietary restrictions you may have. 

Business casual attire is appropriate for all seminar events. Dressing in layers will allow you to make adjustments for your comfort. October weather in Santa Fe typically is cool, with average daytime temperatures in the mid 60s and overnight temperatures in the low to mid 40s. 

City Information 
Santa Fe is one of America’s most historic, artistic, and fascinating cities. Known as “The City Different,” the nation’s oldest state capital city is a place unlike any other in the world. Santa Fe is 400+ years of cultural fusion with echoes of the past alive in the present. While history is an ever-powerful presence, there is also a thriving contemporary and progressive sophistication. For more information, visit the Santa Fe tourism website

Registration fees

  • Legislative staff/legislators: $400 
  • Legislative staff from the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee (special host office preauthorization required): $350 
  • All others: $400 
  • Spouse/guest: $250 
  • Daily fee: $250 

Four ways to register

  1. Register Online
  2. Register Onsite
    • If you can't make the registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at the Park City Marriott beginning Oct. 30. 

PDS Registration Bill to State Instructions (only available for legislative staff)

Please Note: To Bill to State, you must login to the NCSL site. Then, click Register Now below. Select the ticket type, State Legislative Staff for example, then select the yellow link inside that field. On the next page, you may choose yourself from the list of legislative staff in your state and fill out the billing information. Then click “Register selected contacts” from the top of the page.

Spouse/Guest Registration

The $250 guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Oct. 16, will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-856-2554 or emailed to NCSL Registration/Accounting. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations canceled after the conference begins. 

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