Skip to main content
Sep Sep 16 19
  • In-Person Event

NALIT 2024 Professional Development Seminar

  • Monday, September 16, 2024
    8:00 AM 5:00 PM ET
    • In-Person Event
View Event Details:

Sept. 16-19, 2024 | Richmond, Va. 


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 2024 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 seminar will feature the following signature NALIT events:  

  • Five Minutes of Fame: One person from each participating chamber or legislative IT has five minutes (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 legislative IT 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.   

Preliminary Agenda

Times and session topics subject to change.

Monday, Sept. 16: At Hotel 

3-6 p.m. 


Tuesday, Sept. 17: At Hotel, Followed by Walk to Capitol 

7:30-8 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast at Hotel 

8-8:15 a.m. 

Walk to General Assembly Building (GAB) 

8:30-9:15 a.m. 

Welcome and Overview: Meet and Greet/ Orientation to NALIT  

9:15-10:30 a.m. 

Cybersecurity and Legislative Systems 

10:45-12:15 p.m. 

4 rooms

Birds of a Feather Roundtables 

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

12:15-1:15 p.m. 

Meriwether's Cafe - GAB


1:15-2:30 p.m. 

Tour General Assembly Building IT components 

2:30-3 p.m. 

West Entrance

Walk to Capitol

3-4:15 p.m.

Capitol Tours

Wednesday, Sept. 18: At Omni Hotel  

7:30 a.m. 

Registration/Information at the hotel 

7:30-8:30 a.m. 


8:30-9:30 a.m. 

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. 

9:45-11:45 a.m. 

Deliberate Creativity: Three Elements of Innovation 

  • Dr. Amy Climer 

11:45-12:45 p.m. 


1:15-4 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. 

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, Sept. 19: At Omni Hotel 

7:30-8:15 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast 

8:15-9:45 a.m. 

AI Use in Legislatures: Policies and Strategies 

10-11:30 a.m. 

 Concurrent Sessions 

  • AI Tools for Developers 
  • Public Records Requests: Retention Policies

11:45-12:45 p.m. 


 1-2 p.m. 

Concurrent Sessions 

  • Improving Help Desk Performance 
  • Succession Plans: Creating Paths for Success 

 2-3 p.m. 

Brain Science and Diversity in the Workplace 

3:15-4:15 p.m.

DevOps: Identifying and Embracing the Changing Landscape 

4:15-5:15 p.m. 

The Practical Side of Cybersecurity: Let’s Talk Nuts and Bolts 

Hotel and Travel 

  • The conference will be held at the Omni Richmond Hotel, located at Three James Center, 100 S. 12th St., Richmond, VA 23219 . 
  • The Omni Richmond is located approximately four blocks from the state capitol in the Shockoe Slip Historic District. 
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) is 10 miles from the Richmond Omni Hotel.  

Group Rate  

  • $199/night plus tax. We recommend that you check in on Sept. 16 and check out on Sept. 20 in order to attend the three full days of training Sept. 17-19.   

Hotel reservation link 

  • Register at the hotel via this link.   

Special Needs  

  • To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Megan MacKenzie of any special accommodations you may require.  

City Information 

  • In mid-September, the average high temperatures in Richmond are in the low 80s, with average low temperatures in the low 60s.  


Meeting Registration Fees 

Legislative Staff  


Attendee (business, exhibitors, government, university, charitable and all others)  

Questions? Contact Kae Warnock 


Host State (Virginia Legislature only)  


Receptions (This fee does not include sessions/breakfasts/lunches. This fee allows entrance into Tuesday reception at Virginia Capitol and Wednesday reception at Omni only.)



  • Register Online : Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. 


  • All meeting sessions are for registered attendees only. There is a separate fee for guests to attend any social events. 

PDS Registration Bill to State Instructions (Aailable for Legislative Staff Only) 

  • Bill to State: Please note you must use Chrome or Firefoxto access the Bill to State webpage. You must log in 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 log in again. 

instructions for billing state

Cancellations must be emailed to by Sept 14, 2024. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations canceled after the conference begins.   

  • Contact NCSL

  • For more information on this topic, use this form to reach NCSL staff.