SGMP Chooses Portland for 2014 National Conference

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) will hold its 2014 National Education Conference & Expo (NEC) in Portland, Ore., it announced last week.

"Our national leadership team is thrilled to announce Portland as our 2014 host city and education partner," said SGMP National President Rob Coffman. "We could not be more excited with the result of what was a very competitive process."

Portland was chosen in large part because of its reputation for sustainability. A truly "green" city, according to SGMP, it offers convenient and clean light rail transit service across town and easy access to nature.

"Portland is honored to host SGMP and its members," said Travel Portland CEO Jeff Miller. "As SGMP members ourselves, Travel Portland and our hospitality partners are eager to welcome SGMP members nationwide to the City of Roses and to share with you what makes Portland such a great place to meet, work and play."

The 2014 NEC — taking place May 6-8, 2014 — will be SGMP's first annual conference in the Pacific time zone since 2005. "It was time to bring the Society's premiere event back to the West Coast," said SGMP Acting Executive Director Rob Bergeron. "We look forward to working closely with the entire Portland hospitality community."