About the School

NAGC 2017 Communications School


June 13-15, 2017
Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
St. Louis, Missouri

The room block is at the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch. The rate, $125 per night (the US government per diem rate), is available until Monday, May 8 or until the block is filled. The rate includes a hot breakfast.

To book within the NAGC room block:

  1. Online reservations: https://druryhotels.com/BookAndStay/EditReservation– Select “Enter a group number” and enter 2284645
  2. Calling: 1-800-325-0720 & provide the group number, 2284645

Call for Speakers

The National Association of Government Communicators announces a “Call for Speakers” for the 2017 Communications School, Gateway to the Best in Government Communications, being held St. Louis, MO, June 13-15, 2017. Speaker applications are being accepted for half-day workshops, plenary speakers and 60-minute breakout session presentations. NAGC will continue to accept and review speaker applications until the program is filled.

Want to be a speaker? Apply Here

Topic areas of interest:

Internal Communications
Graphic Design
Media Relations
Social Media
Crisis Communications
Face-to-Face Outreach
Writing Skills
Communications Planning
Communications Metrics
In-House Photography & Video Production
Case studies
And others…

About the NAGC Communications School

The Communications School is the only event of its kind that provides invaluable networking opportunities and practical educational sessions to help government communicators increase their skills. The coveted NAGC Government Communicator of the Year Award is presented during the Communications School and honors an individual who has brought forth government’s message with a high standard of professionalism and ethics.

Who Should Attend

Federal, state, and local government communicators, including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications – editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists and agency spokespersons.


Previous Years

2016 Communications School

2015 Communications School

2014 Communications School


OMB Releases New Conference Guidance for Federal Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently provided federal agencies with updated guidance on the attendance of federal agency employees at conferences and related travel expenses. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) partnered with other associations to draft a protocol, much of which was adopted by the OBM, including best practices such as keeping hotel costs within government per diem rates and ensuring that social events held in conjunction with a conference aren’t lavish or excessive. According to ASAE, “OMB recognized the need for federal employees to attend mission-related conferences and provided some best practices for approving travel and conference expenses. While the memo said that sequestration budget cuts will likely result in reduced government participation in conferences and travel, OMB stressed that federal agencies should not interpret any recent Administration guidance as a moratorium on travel or conference attendance.”