NALIT Professional Development Seminar

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Madison, WISuperPDS 2012 - Madison, Wisconsin – October 9-12, 2012
(Information about the 2013 Seminar will be available in Spring 2013)

The NALIT Professional Development Seminar brought 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. 

In 2012, six staff sections joined together to create "Super PDS 2012," a joint meeting in Madison, Wisconsin. Each of the staff sections will hold its regular professional development seminar during SuperPDS week. All of the staff sections will get together for a plenary session, a luncheon, and a reception at the capitol. In addition, staff sections that have parallel interests will hold joint sessions, where appropriate.

The NCSL Staff Sections that participated in Super PDS 2012  in Madison are: the Legal Services Staff Section, Leadership Staff Section, National Association of Legislative Information Technology, Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section, National Legislative Services and Security Association, and Research and Committee Staff Section.


Registration fees are:

  • Legislative staff: $350 early bird (by Sept. 7)
  • Legislative staff: $375 regular 
  • Spouse/guest: $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, and meeting materials will be mailed.

  • Fax the registration form to 303.364.7811

  • Onsite registration

If you are unable to meet the Sept. 27, 2012, registration deadline, please register onsite at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Spouse/Guest Registration. The $150 guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by October 8, 2012 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 emailed if an email address is provided with your registration. Letter confirmations will be mailed upon request.

General Information
The seminar is a relaxed learning experience, and business casual attire is recommended for all seminar programs and activities. Sweaters or jackets and layering are recommended for the cool weather and meeting rooms with variable temperatures.



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

The room block at the seminar hotel, the Madison Concourse, is now sold out.

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Tel: 800.356.8293 or 608.257.6000 

We have booked an additional block of rooms at the Sheraton Madison, which is three miles from the Capitol.  Here is the information:

  • Rate: $119/night (plus tax)
  • You can make reservations online or by calling the hotel directly at 608-251-2300 and referencing the “NCSL Conference.” 
  • Cut-off date: Monday, Sept. 17
  • Transportation will be provided between the Concourse/Capitol and the Sheraton.

If you prefer to be closer to the Capitol and downtown, please try some of these other nearby hotels:

The Edgewater Hotel (3 blocks to Captiol)
(608) 256-9071
Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown (1.5 blocks to Capitol)
(608) 257-2700
Best Western Plus Inn On The Park (across from Capitol)
(800) 780-7234
 Hilton Madison Monona Terrace (3 blocks to Capitol)
(608) 255-5100
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison (4 blocks to Capitol)
(608) 251-5511

NALIT gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor/exibitors: International Roll-Call, IrosoftSliq Media Technologies, Thomson Reuters, Propylon and exhibitors: EMC/CDW-G, Granicus, and Tallan.



Madison is served by the Dane County Regional Airport. 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 Madison Concourse Hotel provides a complimentary airport shuttle. Use the courtesy phones to call for the shuttle. The hotel is located five miles from the Dane County Airport. Cabs are also available; fares are approximately $15 one way. 

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Stacy Householder at 303.364.7700, ext. 1352, or Pam Greenberg at 303.364.7700, ext. 1413, about any special accommodations you may require.

City Information
Visit the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information. Average temperatures in Madison in October range from lows of 37° to highs of around 61°. 

Tour and Exhibits
The NALIT seminar sessions will be held both at the Madison Concourse Hotel and at the Wisconsin State Capitol.  Tour the capitol building and learn about legislative information technology and staff services provided by the host state staff of the Wisconsin Legislative Technology Services Bureau.

The seminar also will offer vendor exhibits during  a two-hour reception. NALIT exhibits showcase the latest in information technology products and services for legislatures.