NAGC 2017 Communications School

About the NAGC Communications School


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

Registration (Early Bird prices end 4/30) Program Location / Travel / Hotel

About the NAGC Communications School

NAGC You in St. Louis!

St. Louis, known for the Arch, barbeque, blues music, the St. Louis Cardinals, and much, much more, the great city of St. Louis will wow Communications School attendees from June 13-15!

The “Gateway to the Best in Government Communications” school program will wow you with the variety of training topics, including social media, communications strategic planning, and plain language.

But what will you do after school? Missouri is known as the “show-me” state, so be prepared to be shown a great time! Our St. Louis Host Committee has been busy working on great ideas for our amazing government communications students:

  • You’ll enjoy a unique musical welcome with a local jazz saxophone professional during the opening session of the school.
  • Want to enjoy an exciting evening with colleagues? Are you a sports fan? Consider gathering on Tuesday, June 13, at 6pm for dinner at Cardinal Nation, across from the world-famous Busch Stadium, home of the champion St. Louis Cardinals. It is a half-mile walk (cabs are available, too!).
  • If you want to go to the game at 7:15pm on June 13, (the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals will play the Milwaukee Brewers), plan now and buy tickets in advance. Tickets cost $50 to $80.
  • In addition, one of our featured speakers at the School oversaw an important partnership and economic development project near the famous St. Louis Arch. We’ll also be encouraging a group gathering to take the ride to the top of the Arch the evening of Wednesday, June 14!

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.”