[gis_info] FW: Pinching pennies? Portland is closer than you think.

SMITH Cy * EISPD GEO cy.smith at state.or.us
Tue Apr 5 13:14:57 PDT 2011

OGW announces speakers, last call for our lowest rate AND $10 off any ticket. Snag a great deal on a conference hotel room, too!

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Penny pinching? Invest in yourself.

During last year's Open Gov West, a municipal IT staffer turned to an OGW organizer and said, “You know, I spent my whole year's training budget on OGW.”  How much was his training budget? Just $75.  He said, “Open Gov West is worth every dime.” 


No corporation could remain competitive or skilled with such a minimal training budget.  But our governments?  We rarely invest in skills development; is it any wonder why our technology lags behind the private sector?  Public servants work hard and don’t get the same kind of professional development opportunities as their private sector peers.


That’s why we bake a lot of content into Open Gov West, which boasts two days at a fraction of the price of most conferences or trainings.  Not only that, but our two conference formats (plenary & unconference) shake things up and offer organic discussions, a small app contest (with big rewards!), and a unique collaborative environment. With dozens of speakers, like participatory budgeting expert Tiago Peitoxo <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=22a09fddae&e=482d65b842>  of World Bank, Pascal Schubeck <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=ffa2610812&e=482d65b842>  of Crisis Commons <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=5dca693ee6&e=482d65b842> , and Dustin Hodge <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=b338d8f14b&e=482d65b842> , who led Knowledge As Power's innovative usability study of Seattle.gov. We're announcing more speakers this week---and we've got quite the lineup for a fraction of the price of other government conferences. 

We know that budgets are getting thinner.
We’re challenging public employees to invest in themselves this year, even if their governments can’t. If you’re ready to hear some fresh ideas, learn from those who’ve been there, and build relationships across sectors, take a look at joining us at OGW.

Some considerations, if you’re thinking (or just hoping) to join us in Portland this May:

*	Our Public Sector Rate: 2-day tickets are just <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=6bed67865e&e=482d65b842>  $123 USD when you and four coworkers attend, or just $135 for individual tickets.  Includes four tasty, local meals, an on-site trendy social event, and all of your conference needs.  You’ll also receive a Portland coupon book with $600 in discounts on tax-free shopping, dining, and activities.
*	Travel to Portland on Amtrak for as low as $55 USD on Amtrak Cascades (roundtrip, anywhere between San Francisco & Vancouver, BC!). Did you know that the train has free WiFi, too? Turn that train ride into a group meeting or remote work day! Email us <mailto:admin at knowledgeaspower.org?subject=Travel%20planning%20request&body=Knowledge%20As%20Power%20will%20get%20back%20to%20you%20within%2048%20hours%20with%20rail%20or%20hotel%20booking%20assistance.%0A> and we'll help you and your team book your trip.
*	We’ve got a 10% off discount code for Air Canada and a 7% discount on Alaska Air <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=507968d275&e=482d65b842> .
*	The Jupiter Hotel, our official conference hotel & venue, is just $67 a night per person in a double room and $99 for a single. Your room includes free WiFi and an OGW welcome bag full of goodies.
*	There’s even free light rail a short distance from our conference site.

That's 2 nights in an on-site hotel, a conference pass, tasty meals and snacks, and transportation for as low as $312 USD. It doesn't get much better than that!


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Use our code 2daysinMay. Register yourself, your department, or your cohort, and get our lowest price <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=b69ae91f95&e=482d65b842> !

Hurry, prices go up on April 11th (no fooling!).


Get a Room!

Thrifty & Chic: The Jupiter Hotel is Open Gov West's preferred hotel. With rooms just steps from the conference, your team will join OGW as we take over this boutique hotel known for its lively nightlife.  At just $99 for single rooms and $119 for doubles <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=5aeb86c3b1&e=482d65b842> , with free wifi and $8 a night parking, the Jupiter is a great deal.  

Grab other great OGW travel deals <http://opengovwest.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=1b1826c62e58414935e445953&id=74b0108848&e=482d65b842>  with our growing list of airline partners!



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