“SGMP is dedicated to providing quality education, training and industry relationships for the government meeting professional.”
SGMP is a nonprofit professional organization of persons involved in planning government meetings, either on a full or part-time basis, and those individuals who supply services to government planners. Our objectives are to improve the quality and promote the cost effectiveness of government meetings by improving the knowledge and expertise of individuals in the planning and management of government meetings through education, training, and industry relationships.
Represented in SGMP's membership are employees of federal, state, county and city government, as well as associations of governmental employees and government agencies. The Society of Government Meeting Professionals is the only national organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to improving the knowledge and expertise of individuals in the planning and execution of government meetings through education, training, and industry relationships.
Government agencies spend over $1.02 billion annually on training and such related costs as travel expenses, hotel rooms, and food and beverage charges. Individuals who plan and administer these efforts often have no training or educational experience in meeting planning.
Established in 1981, SGMP has grown to over 3800 members in 32 chapters across the United States. In each chapter, half of the members are government or contract meeting planners and half are "suppliers" representing hotels and others who provide services to planners.