Preliminary details about the conference and registration rates are listed below. More details including draft agenda, sessions, speakers and other conference related activities will be updated and posted to the new site after the launch in May 2023.

About the Conference

The NSGIC Board of Directors, Conference Committee, and staff are looking forward to heading to New Orleans for the 2023 NSGIC Annual Conference to be held September 24-29 at The Westin New OrleansThe NSGIC Annual Conference is the place to enhance geospatial excellence and collaboration for state, local, tribal, and federal GIS policymakers and coordinators, private sector partners and other leaders in the geospatial ecosystem. Providing critical and timely networking opportunities, the conference also offers the chance to connect, collaborate, and share with colleagues and partners.

Agenda will consist of:

  • Roll Call of States - where state representatives share a snapshot of achievements, challenges, and upcoming activities
  • Plenary Sessions - presentations by and for the NSGIC community exploring challenges, successes, and new approaches for collaboration in the geospatial ecosystem
  • State Caucus - a roundtable discussion with state and local government representatives to talk frankly about current pressing issues
  • GIO Academy - leadership sessions and networking for GIOs, Deputy GIOs, NSGIC State Representatives and by GIO or State Representative invitation only. (separate registration is complimentary but required)
  • Speed Networking - the fun and fast-paced activity where Business Partners, who have allocated points, will rotate to complete the circuit of visiting with state reps
  • Annual Business Meeting - including the election of new board members and leadership transition
  • Awards Reception - Recognizing exceptional work through the Geospatial Excellence Awards & NSGIC Service Awards
  • And much more!

Conference Registration Info

A full meeting registration includes access to live plenary sessions and other programming, on-demand content, conference mobile app and all networking activities. Meals provided with your registration fee include breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. The Awards Reception and Spatial Social will have heavy hors d'oeuvres, but will not be a proper sit down dinner. The evening Dine Around and other off-site activities will be "pay your own way". 

The Annual Conference will, again, be an in-person event with no hybrid or virtual registration option as we heard the feedback from membership and feel the best value for all attendees is provided in the face-to-face experience of being present and on-site. To register, you will need to be a NSGIC member and logged in to your account. Please note that all corporate attendees must be business partners in good standing in order to attend NSGIC conferences.

Rates & Deadlines


Agenda at-a-Glance

Conference Grants

For NSGIC state representatives faced with funding challenges, NSGIC offers limited conference grants to fully or partially cover reasonable travel expenses, hotel accommodations, and/or conference registration fees. For more information, please refer to the conference grant policy and travel policy. Details on how to submit a request for a grant will be published mid-summer. 

Hotel Info 

NSGIC has secured a group block of rooms for our attendees at The Westin New Orleans (100 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130), where the conference will be held. 

Group rates will be based on per diem ($136) plus tax.  

Travel Info

Airport & Transfers

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International AirportDistance to hotel: 12 miles, roughly a 30-minute drive. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle, however, the airport has many convenient and affordable options for ground transportation to include taxis, shuttles, rental cars and app-based ride share. The Airport’s central location offers easy access to I-10 and is located only a short drive from Downtown New Orleans, the French Quarter, and the Central Business District.

Train / Amtrak

If you prefer to take the train, Amtrak has a stop right downtown (Union Passenger Terminal) which is about a 10-minute drive to the hotel. 

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts will open in early June and submissions will be due no later than July 20, 2023.

NSGIC Awards

Champion  |  Catalyst  |  Innovator

All NSGIC members in good standing may submit a nomination for the Geospatial Excellence Awards per the categories below. Details on how to nominate will be provided mid-summer.


Lifetime  |  Outstanding  |  Distinguished  |  Dedicated

Nominations for Service Awards are handled by the NSGIC Board of Directors and presented at the Annual Conference. For a list of past award winners please visit the NSGIC Awards page

Business Partners

For more information about our current business partnerships, or for current sponsors who would like to register additional colleagues for the conference, please contact Amy Holmes at [email protected].

Sticker Swap!

Don't forget about the always popular, Sticker Swap! Bring some stickers from your organization to share with others. There will be an area setup near registration to drop off and pick up. 

Take a few, leave a few! 

COVID Safety

The health, safety, and comfort of our attendees are of utmost importance to us as we continue to plan for this in-person event. We will be following all guidance in place at the time of the conference and working closely with venues to ensure full care is given. 

NSGIC will continue to evaluate the situation and work with the hotel to implement safety practices recommended by local, state, and federal government agencies at the time of the event. Conference attendees with special needs will be accommodated as best as possible; please contact Amy Holmes ([email protected]) with questions or to request accommodation.

General Questions?

For all conference related questions, please contact Operations Manager, Amy Holmes, at [email protected]