NORFOLK, Va. – (June 2, 2011) – The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP), will hold their 29th Annual National Education Conference (NEC) in Norfolk, Virginia, June 8-11, 2011, joining a list of notable past hosts, including Kansas City, Louisville, and Dallas.

This year SGMP, whose goal is to enhance the knowledge and expertise of government meeting professionals,is expected to draw more than 900 industry professionals to the Norfolk conference. The SGMP National Education Conference Expo & Tech Fair is the only national forum solely dedicated for educational and networking opportunities for government planners and suppliers in the meetings industry. “We are thrilled to host this year’s conference, and can’t wait to share the very best of Norfolk with all in attendance,” said Donna Allen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VisitNorfolk.

Highlights of this year’s conference include multiple networking events; educational sessions; a tradeshow; keynote addresses by Rear Admiral Marty Evans, Rebecca Pace and John Sileo; and an exciting opening night event hosted by VisitNorfolk.

For many years, SGMP's chapters and members have made an annual contribution to a national charity as part of our National Education Conference, said Charles Sadler, Executive Director and CEO for SGMP. SGMP is very proud to announce the selection of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) as the national charity for the 2011 NEC in Norfolk.”

For more information on SGMP, visit the Web site at www.sgmp.org

~ Norfolk, Virginia ~

One of the Mid-Atlantic’s most exciting destinations, Norfolk, Virginia attracts thousands of travelers each year to enjoy its lively waterfront downtown which is easily walkable and alive with eclectic dining options, a rich arts scene, high-end shopping and fun, year-round special events. For four hundred years this dynamic heart of Virginia’s storied sea front region has offered a vibrant blend of history and heritage, contemporary attractions, outdoor adventure and the Commonwealth’s most revered cultural institutions.  For more information about Norfolk, visit the city on the Web at www.visitnorfolktoday,com or call 757-664-6620 or toll free at 800-368-3097.

The mission of SGMP is to enhance the knowledge and expertise of government meeting professionals. SGMP’s objectives are to improve the quality of, and promote the cost-effectiveness of, government meetings. SGMP is the only national organization in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to government meetings. SGMP delivers their membership value of education, resources and networking to nearly 4,000 members and through 31 chapters nationwide.