NALIT Professional Development Seminar

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PortlandOctober 2-5, 2011
Portland, Oregon

The NALIT Professional Development Seminar brings together state legislative information technology professionals who are interested in advancing the effectiveness and efficiency of state legislatures through technology. The seminar provides a combination of educational sessions, demonstrations and vendor exhibits, and networking opportunities.

The NALIT seminar 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. Integral to the seminar is the opportunity to compare experiences in roundtable sessions and small group discussions. 

The Research and Committee Staff Section (RACSS) seminar will also be meeting in Portland and will hold several joint sessions with NALIT on topics geared to the interests of both groups. Please join us for a unique learning experience and opportunity to meet with colleagues from other states. 


Registration Fees

Legislative staff, parliamentary staff, legislators:

  • Early bird: $350
  • After Sept. 2: $375 

Spouse/guest: $125
One day fee: $150
All others: $450

Three Ways to Register:

  • Register Online
    Registration online requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by e-mail. 
  • Register by Fax
    Fax your completed registration form to 303.364.7811
  • Register Onsite
    If you are unable to meet the Sept. 23 registration deadline, register onsite at the Hilton Portland.

Spouse/Guest Registration
 The $125 fee includes admission to scheduled meal functions, the capitol tour and briefings and evening social events.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Oct. 1 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.

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Stacy Householder or Pam Greenberg at 303.364.7700, of any special accommodations you may require, such as vegetarian meals or accessibility needs.


Thomson Reuters
Sliq Media Technologies

BlueLid Technologies
Online Advisors, Inc.
Sliq Technologies
Thomson Reuters

For information about opportunities for sponsorships and exhibits, please contact Pam Greenberg.



The seminar will be held at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower in the heart of downtown Portland. 

Hotel Reservations
Each attendee is responsible for making his or her own hotel and travel arrangements. When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the NCSL conference. Reservations must be held by one night’s room deposit (credit card guarantee is acceptable). Reservations can be made in the following ways:

  • Reserve Online

    Visit the NALIT/ NCSL Hilton Reservations page to make your hotel reservations. Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis at the going rate.  Rooms at the hotel may sell out, so make your reservations as soon as possible!  

  • Reserve by Phone
    Call 1-800-HILTONS and provide the reservations agent with the arrival and departure date and the group code NCL.


Please make your reservations as soon as possible.


The hotel is located in the heart of the city center and is close to the Portland Art Museum, shopping, Pioneer Courthouse Square and the city's  MAX Light Rail system.


Portland is served by the Portland International Airport.

Flight Arrangements

To make flight reservations through NCSL's travel agency, Christopherson Travel, call:
  • 800.825.3283 or 303.694.4344
    (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT)

Reservations must be made at least seven days in advance, but make arrangements early for the best rates.

Ground Transportation
The Hilton Portland is nine miles—about 20 minutes—from Portland International Airport. The Hilton Hotel does not have an airport shuttle, but commercial shuttle services are available. Taxis are available for approximately $35 one way. Or, take the MAX Light Rail Red Line for a small fee for the 40-minute trip.

City Information
Portland's arts community, urban parks and green spaces, lively downtown, and world-class public transportation system are just few of the reasons that Portland has been named one of the country's most livable cities. Visit the Travel Portland and Travel Oregon websites for a map and more information. 

General Information
The seminar is a relaxed learning experience, and business casual attire is recommended for all seminar programs and activities.

Portland enjoys a mild climate with temperatures reaching around 63° in October. Evenings are cool and rain is possible, so sweaters, jackets and umbrellas are recommended.

Tour and Exhibits
The NALIT and RACSS seminars will include a joint tour and briefings at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Tuesday, October 4.  Tour the building and learn about legislative information technology and staff services in the Oregon Legislature.

On Monday evening, October 3, take a leisurely and first-hand look at vendor exhibits while enjoying a reception. NALIT exhibits showcase the latest in information technology products and services for legislatures.