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NALIT 2023 Professional Development Seminar

  • Monday, October 2, 2023
    8:00 AM 5:00 PM Central Standard Time
    • In-Person Event
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The NALIT Professional Development Seminar brings together state legislative IT professionals who are interested in advancing the effectiveness and efficiency of state legislatures through technology. The 2023 seminar provides a combination of educational sessions, legislative application showcases, tours and briefings, best practices, a vendors’ reception and networking opportunities. 

The agenda offers a mix of technical, policy and management sessions and provides opportunities to share solutions and discuss innovative uses of technology. Speakers combine the knowledge of industry experts and the experience and expertise of legislative information technology staff.  

As always, the week will feature the following signature NALIT events: 

  • Five Minutes of Fame: One person from each participating chamber or state has five minutes (and no more—strictly enforced) to share anything they choose about IT. You can talk about hardware, software, infrastructure, application development, staffing, budgeting … You name it. Advance sign-up is required. 
  • Application Showcases: Each office that submits a showcase will have a table in the ballroom. They will do several demonstrations of their application as our attendees move around the room to visit each showcase. Advance sign-up is required. 
  • Birds of a Feather Roundtables: Meet in small groups with your colleagues to discuss questions directly relevant to your position—whether management, support/help desk, infrastructure and systems administration, or applications development and programming.  

The health and safety of meeting attendees is NCSL’s top priority. Attendees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with COVID-19 guidance provided by the CDC and the appropriate state and local public health authorities in areas they are traveling. By attending an NCSL meeting, you agree to follow any onsite health and safety protocols recommended by NCSL, the venue, and local and state governments. Currently, there is not a mask requirement in Austin and NCSL will not require proof of vaccinations or negative tests.  

Preliminary Agenda – Times and Session Topics Subject to Change

Monday, Oct. 2 – At Hotel

2-6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 3 – At Hotel

7:45-8:30 a.m.

Welcome Breakfast

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Seminar Overview: Meet and Greet/ Orientation to NALIT

9:30-10:30 am

Plenary Speaker


Five Minutes of Fame

Hear a concise overview of current legislative IT projects, issues and accomplishments. Share your experiences and expertise and hear from others for new ideas, information and advice.

Noon-1 p.m.


1-2:15 p.m.


3-5 p.m.

Legislative Applications Showcases

Take an informal and close-up look at the legislative applications highlighted in the showcase. Ask in-depth questions and share your own experiences with others.


Opening Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Most sessions at the Robert E. Johnson Center

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Registration/Information at the hotel

7:45-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel

8:30 a.m.

Walk to Capitol

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Capitol Tours

9:45 a.m.

Walk to Robert E. Johnson Center

10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Implementing Radical Change in Texas


Cloud Experiences – To Cloud or Not to Cloud 

Noon-1 p.m.


1:15-2:15 p.m.

Client Communication

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Birds of a Feather Roundtables

Meet in small groups with your colleagues to discuss questions directly relevant to your position—whether management, support/help desk, infrastructure and systems administration, or applications development and programming.

3:45-4:30 p.m.

In-Person – Remote – Hybrid: Three Legislatures, Three Approaches to the Workplace (Retaining Employees)

4-4:45 p.m.

Walk to Hotel

5-7 p.m.

NALIT Exhibitors Reception

NALIT exhibits bring you the latest in information technology products and services for legislatures. Take a leisurely and close-up look at our exhibits while enjoying the reception.

Thursday, Oct. 5 – At Hotel

7:30-8:15 a.m.


8:15-9:45 a.m.

Communication Styles: Tech to the Non-Tech

9:45-10 a.m.


10:15 -11:30 a.m.

Making your Website and Documents ADA Accessible

Noon-1:30 p.m.


 1:30-2:30 p.m.

 Concurrent Sessions

  • Project/Employee Management in an IT environment
  • Constituent Management

2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3:45 p.m.

Plenary Speaker

4:45 p.m.

Walk to Reception

5-7 p.m.

Closing Reception at the Texas LCC

The conference hotel will be held the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.

701 E. 11th St., Austin, Texas, 78701 

The Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol is located approximately seven blocks from the state capitol and 7 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. 

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offers information on ground transportation on its website.

Group rate 
$249/night plus tax (currently 17%). The group rate will be honored three days pre- and post-meeting, depending on room availability.  

Hotel reservation link
The room block is sold out. We have set up another option to search for hotel availability via aRes, a partner travel site. Click here or call 1-800-559-3186 for assistance.  

Special Needs 
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Taylor Dybdahl of any special accommodations you may require. 

City Information 
Considered the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin’s West Sixth Street offers music, shopping and dining every day. Visitors may be surprised to see live music just about anywhere they walk around Austin. Check out Visit Austin to learn more about the city.   

In early October, the average high temperatures in Austin are in the low- to mid-80s, with average low temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees. 


Meeting Registration Fees

Legislative Staff 

On-site: $425 
Daily: $225 

Attendee (Business, Government, University, Charitable and All Others) 


Exhibitors and Sponsors 

Please contact Kae Warnock 

Host State (Texas Legislature) 


Guest (Immediate Family or Spouse/Partner) 



  • Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. 
  • Spouse/Guest Registration: The ($250) guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events. 

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

Bill to State: Please note you must use Chrome or Firefox to access the Bill to State page. 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.

If no list appears, please clear your cache and login again.

Cancellations must be emailed to by Oct. 1. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations canceled after the conference begins.  


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