Conference Schedule

38th Annual
COGEL Conference

December 11 - 14, 2016
New Orleans Marriott

Online registration for the 2016 COGEL Conference has closed. Onsite registration will be available at the Conference Registration Desk. We hope you will join us in New Orleans at the Marriott New Orleans Hotel, 555 Canal Street for this year’s Conference.

You don’t want to miss the four-day, 38th Annual COGEL Conference in the Big Easy! Join colleagues and experts from throughout the U.S., Canada, and the world in one of America’s most exciting cities, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn what’s new in the fields of campaign finance, governmental ethics, elections, lobbying, and freedom of information.

Conference Highlights

In addition to our always-extraordinary plenary speakers, the New Orleans COGEL conference offers an amazing line-up of more than 45 educational sessions, 25 breakfast table topics, and over 125 expert presenters. No matter what your chosen COGEL discipline, there is a wide variety of sessions designed to educate you, challenge you, and encourage you. With so many stimulating and informative breakout sessions, we know you will have a very difficult choice of selecting which ones to attend. Mark your calendars for the 2016 conference, because you will want to join us for four days of inspiring networking opportunities, incredible speakers, and informative workshops and panel discussions.

Conference Schedule

What Attendees Have Said About Past Conferences

"The 2015 conference was my first one, and I thought it was terrific. I learned a lot and thought every session I attended was worthwhile.”

"The breakfast sessions were terrific, very well prepared panelists.”

"Meaty content that helped me with areas for my work.”

"I use information and connections I gain at COGEL throughout the year to help me do my job better. This conference is the most useful training I have found—the most related to what we do every day.”

"This is a very valuable event, and I gain a wealth of knowledge every time.”

"Great job in making Sunday & Wednesday sessions so interesting.”

"Great program this year. The program publication was the most informative I’ve seen.”

"One of the best sessions I have attended in years. Good content, speakers, location.”

Welcome to the Big Easy

New Orleans has much to offer COGEL attendees! New Orleans is a city that lingers on the threshold between the Old World and the New, between history and legend. Here, in this little corner of the American South, where European traditions blend with Caribbean influences, the history is as colorful as the local architecture and the food is the stuff of legend. New Orleans is one of the culinary capitols of the world, and there's no shortage of restaurants to indulge your taste buds. Join your COGEL colleagues in December and become quickly acquainted—or re-acquainted—with one of the most authentic, culturally rich cities in America!

New Orleans Marriott

Our host hotel for the 2016 COGEL Conference is the New Orleans Marriott, a perfect location from which to explore the city. This 41-story French Quarter hotel, rising high above the mighty Mississippi River, offers easy access to the best restaurants in the city and an array of live music venues and Bourbon Street nightlife. Nearby attractions include the National World War II Museum, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, and the bustling French Market. As always, COGEL has negotiated a highly competitive room rate for the conference.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Reservations: New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

By Phone: 800-654-3990

Room Rate: Government Per Diem Rate
Room Block Release: November 18, 2016 or when room block is full, whichever occurs first.

COGEL Policies

Cancellation Policy—Cancellations received prior to November 15, 2016, will be charged a $100.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after November 15, 2016, or for "no shows”.

Billing—Payment must accompany the registration form. Registration forms will not be accepted without payment. We regret we are unable to accept Purchase Orders.

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