2016 NLPES Professional Development Seminar

Sept. 25-28, 2016 | Jackson, Miss.

Image of the logo for the National Legislative Program Evaluation SocietyThe 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 2016 Professional Development Seminar in Jackson, Miss., Sept. 25-28. 

This year’s seminar will offer 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.  We are planning the seminar program to cover a wide range of topics, and the theme of this year's seminar will be “Deep Dive in the Deep South: Exploring State of the Art Tools of the Trade.” The program will have three main tracks:

  • Basic skills
  • Technical skills: Translating "Big Data" into Actionable Intelligence
  • Human resource development/presentation skills: Holding the Attention of an Information Saturated Audience

The specific sessions within these tracks have yet to be determined.

Sessions may qualify for continuing professional education (CPE) credit. Materials will be available to document participants' attendance at seminar events. CPE credits must be awarded by seminar participants' own organizations, however. NCSL and NLPES are not registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's National Registry of CPE Sponsors.


Registration Information Registration fees are:

Legislators/Legislative Staff: $375
Legislative staff from Mississippi Joint PEER Committee (special Host Office preauthorization required): $300
Daily fee: $200
Spouse/guest: $150
All others: $375

Pre-registration Deadline | The deadline to pre-register for the meeting is Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Four ways to register

Register Online


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

Register by Fax | Fax a completed printable registration form to 303-364-7811.

Register by mail | Mail a completed printable registration form to NCSL Registration/Accounting, 7700 East First Place, Denver, CO 80230.

Onsite registration | If you can't make the pre-registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at the Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown beginning Sept. 25, 2016.

Spouse/guest registration | The guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Sept. 23, 2016, 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.


Hotel Information Hotel Reservations

The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown (or as it is known locally, the King Edward Hotel). Please make your hotel reservations for the PDS by Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. After that date, our room rates cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at:
Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown
235 West Capitol St., Jackson, MS 39201 | Tel: 601-353-5464

     Book Your Room 

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

If arranging hotel accommodations by phone, please indicate that you are attending the NCSL-NLPES conference.  The conference room rates per night are $105 single, $115 double, $125 triple and $135 quad.  The room rates include a daily hot breakfast, valued at $14.95 per person per day.

Check in time: 4 p.m.
Check out time: 11 a.m.

Hotel Parking

The Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown is offering a discounted valet parking rate of $12 per day plus tax.  


 Travel InformationEach attendee is responsible for making his or her  travel arrangements.

Air Travel

Jackson's main airport is the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN), which is located approximately 20 minutes from downtown. Jackson International Airport is served by three major airlines—American, Delta and United.

If you need assistance booking air travel, contact Christopherson Travel at 800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Ground Transportation

The Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown does not provide airport shuttle service.

At Jackson International Airport , ground transportation is available outside the baggage claim area on terminal level 1. Taxi and sedan service are offered daily from the first flight departure to the last flight arrival. The cab fare from the airport to the hotel will be approximately $50 one way.

See the airport's transit website for more information about ground transportation.


Special Needs

To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Brenda Erickson and Jackie Zimmermann 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. September weather in Jackson is typically is mild, with average daytime highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s and overnight lows ranging from the mid 50s to mid 60s. 

City Information

Jackson is the capital of Mississippi. From the Civil War to its modern urban renaissance, Jackson’s story is uniquely southern and uniquely American. 

Visit the Jackson Tourism and Travel website for more information about the City with Soul.