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The Best Government Conferences of 2023

This is the ninth year we’ve made this list of the best government conferences. Here, you’ll find brand new trainings, symposia, summits, forums, expos, seminars, workshops, conventions and conferences, as well as established events that might be new to you. If you work in federal, state or local governments, you’ll discover events worth checking out.

Although the COVID–19 pandemic isn’t over, most government events in 2023 are in person. Some in-person events have vaccine requirements or may announce health restrictions as the event approaches. A few events offer a hybrid of virtual and in-person participation, while some are virtual only. Plan to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health authorities at home and at your travel destination.

This list of the best government conferences will let you plan ahead and advocate for those precious professional development dollars. We’ve dug deep to find the dates for as many events as we can to help you have a great 2023. Since most of these events are annual, if you can’t attend one this year, keep it on your radar for 2024.

As a bonus for the social media savvy, the listings include event hashtags, when available, for those who can’t attend but want to participate in the virtual conversations. Note: If you don’t see relevant tweets when you click a hashtag link, it could be that no one has posted about the event yet or Twitter’s search results may not be working correctly. Instead, try visiting the hosting organization’s social media profile.

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Homeland Security Week

January 24 – 25, 2023 | Alexandria Old Town, VA

Homeland Security Week brings together people working in the military, defense, law enforcement, and academic sectors at the local, state and national levels. This event will cover diverse topics ranging from border security, cybersecurity, counter UAS, intelligence sharing, infrastructure protection and resilience, identity technology, agency collaboration, budget planning and much more. Organized by Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA).


Esri Federal GIS Conference

February 7 – 8, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

Attendees from across government agencies gather at the Esri Federal GIS Conference to learn how the federal government is using GIS to promote deeper understanding of complex issues for effective solutions. Attend professional development workshops, learn from Esri staff, and connect with your peers. Registration is complimentary for employees of the U.S. federal government, non-U.S. national governments, and nonprofits.

Workforce Summit

February 7 – 9, 2023 | Washington, D.C. and virtual

Of the groups most heavily affected by the COVID pandemic, few have seen a greater shift in their roles, responsibilities, and daily lives than government employees. What it means to be in public service has grown exponentially and, so often, understanding what that requires has not followed. The Workforce Summit examines public sector employment, covering management, digital tools, technology modernization, benefits and pay, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives across organizations of all shapes and sizes. Organized by Government Executive, Nextgov, FCW, GCN, Washington Technology and Route Fifty. Free for government employees to attend.

Public Sector CIO Academy: California

February 15 – 16, 2023 | Sacramento, CA | #govtechlive

This invitation-only event is designed for California’s current and emerging senior-level technology leaders and the partners that serve them. It’s a space for leaders to collaborate and address the most important policy, management and leadership issues surrounding the future of digital government. Organized by Government Technology, which hosts other events around the country.

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) National Leadership Training (NLT)

February 22 – 23, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

The NLT provides development and training to help government financial professionals excel as leaders in today’s competitive market. It’s an opportunity to share best practices, find solutions to shared challenges, network with peers and learn from the top financial management leaders and industry experts.

Health Datapalooza

February 23 – 24, 2023 | Arlington, VA | #hdpalooza

Health Datapalooza is a gathering place for people and organizations creating knowledge from data and pioneering innovations that drive policy and practice and generate market value. The event brings together attendees from across the health care landscape to discuss the future of health data and the policies and innovations that will spark real transformation in health care. Organized by AcademyHealth.

Net Inclusion

February 28 – March 2, 2023 | San Antonio, TX | #NetInclusion2023

Net Inclusion gathers hundreds of digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, internet service providers and policymakers. Interactive sessions will cover local, state and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity, as well as digital inclusion best practices from across the country.


Named Data Networking Community Meeting (NDNComm)

March 2 – 3, 2023 | Rockville, MD and virtual | #NDNComm

NDNComm is an annual event that brings together a large community of researchers from academia, industry, and government, as well as users and other parties interested in the development of the Named Data Networking (NDN) technology. Hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo (P3C)

March 6 – 8, 2023 | Dallas, TX

Public-private partnerships are delivering critical infrastructure across the country. Today, these partnerships give communities new tools and strategies to address their infrastructure needs. P3C attracts senior management from firms in the construction, engineering, architecture, legal and consulting industries as well as public leaders, higher education officers and development agency officials at the municipal, state and federal levels. Attendees discuss infrastructure challenges faced nationwide, as well as how innovations in project delivery, procurement, life cycle asset management and technology can help solve critical issues. There is also a P3 Government Conference later in the year.

National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program

March 7 – 9, 2023 | Washington, D.C. | #nejc2023

Leaders from various sectors will engage in a free exchange of ideas and approaches to achieving environmental justice. These interactive training sessions will feature voices of experience, research, discussions and thought-provoking dialogue. Attendees come from federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, community groups, business and industry, public interest groups, academia and other entities. The 2023 conference will be held in conjunction with Race Forward’s “Justice and Equity: From the Inside Out” Training Program for Federal Civil Servants.

Deaf in Government (DIG) Conference

March 8 – 9, 2023 | Honolulu, HI

In 2023, the DIG Conference is part of the Pac Rim Conference. The Deaf Innovation Strand Track offers a variety of informative sessions that cover strategies for overcoming communication barriers in the workplace, training resources for government career advancement, and discussions of issues affecting a diverse workforce.

South by Southwest (SXSW)

March 10 – 19, 2023 | Austin, TX | #SXSW

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, network and advance their careers. The event features a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music and technology. SXSW’s civic engagement track includes smart cities, income inequality, election integrity, law enforcement, gun control, governmental ethics, municipal services, subsidies and programs that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Women’s Forum

March 16, 2023 | Virtual

AGA’s Council for the Advancement of Women is a network of professionals from financial management to IT, human resources, cybersecurity and more who support government. The council advances women as leaders in the profession and in the communities they serve. Attendees come together with common goals: to advance the standing of all women in the profession, to empower each other to be our professional best, to motivate each other in our leadership goals, and to support each other through personal and professional transformations.

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference

March 16 – 18, 2023 | Denver, CO | #WiCyS2023

The Women in Cybersecurity Conference brings together women in cybersecurity from academia, research, government and industry for knowledge sharing, networking, mentoring and recruiting. WiCyS is a nonprofit organization and community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference

March 20 – 24, 2023 | Virtual | #ASPA2023

The ASPA Conference showcases state-of-the-art practices used in modern public and nonprofit administration while exploring new approaches and opportunities for continued innovation. It brings together public administrators, scholars and students who practice, teach or study public administration.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace National Conference

March 22 – 24, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace is a collaborative national conference that brings together a community committed to improving employment outcomes for the neurodiverse workforce. Attendees will engage in dynamic discussions, learn from expert presenters, and build their network of change-makers who use diverse and inclusive employment practices. This conference empowers employers to build a dynamic workforce and enhance the workplace.

National Center for Public Performance (NCPP) Public Performance Conference

March 25 – 27, 2023 | Gurgaon, India | #NCPP2023

The NCPP Public Performance Conference convenes government and nonprofit performance professionals and academics to garner evidence and identify best practices on innovation and smart practices in public performance management worldwide.

Federal Managers Association (FMA) National Convention and Management Training Seminar

March 26 – 29, 2023 | Alexandria, VA

FMA advocates for excellence in public service through effective management and professionalism. The national convention provides an opportunity to discuss how FMA can promote great work in the federal government.

National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congressional City Conference (CCC)

March 26 – 28, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

The Congressional City Conference provides local leaders with the tools and connections to help build a brighter future for our nation’s cities, towns and villages. Take part in an immersive program alongside administration officials, members of Congress and fellow local elected officials, and learn to respond, recover and rebuild from the challenges facing America’s hometowns.

International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE)

March 27 – 30, 2023 | Las Vegas, NV | #IWCE2023

IWCE connects the people and technologies charged with ensuring that the most critical communications — supporting governments, utilities, transportation, enterprise, public safety, healthcare and critical-infrastructure sectors — always work, even under the most difficult circumstances. IWCE’s four-day technical conference and two-day business expo showcase critical-comms technology to ensure the security, dependability, reliability and redundancy of networks. Attendees include those working in government, military, public safety, utility, transportation and business.

Just Economy Conference

March 29 – 30, 2023 | Washington, D.C. | #JustEconomy

The Just Economy Conference is a national event for community, business, foundation, policy and government leaders who want a nation that not only promises but delivers opportunities for all Americans to build wealth and live well. Attendees gather to network, share ideas, learn and ask hard questions to chart out a better future. Organized by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).

Digital Government Institute’s (DGI) E-Discovery, Records & Information Management Conference

March 30, 2023 | Virtual

As the volume of digital information continues to grow, the scope of electronic records management has expanded exponentially and is an increasingly critical issue for government agencies, particularly as it relates to providing electronic access and retrieval of government records. At this DGI event, government and industry experts discuss technology solutions and requirements, policy updates and changes, and examples of successful electronic records, FOIA and e-discovery programs. It’s free for government professionals.


Lifesavers Conference

April 2 – 4, 2023 | Seattle, WA | #Lifesavers2023

The Lifesavers Conference is an event to learn about the latest highway safety research, best practices and cutting-edge initiatives. Attendees have the opportunity to explore innovative technology and strategies used to combat risky driving behaviors and save lives. The conference program is designed to engage federal, state and local government, law enforcement, public health, injury prevention, advocacy, and nonprofit professionals in an exchange of ideas, strategies and programs to reduce preventable injuries and deaths.

Protecting Our Children Conference

April 2 – 5, 2023 | Reno, NV | #NICWA2023

The Protecting Our Children Conference addresses tribal child welfare and well-being. Keynote speakers range from federal officials at the highest level of government to youth with lived experience in child welfare systems. Participants represent a cross-section of fields and interests including child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice service providers; legal professionals; students; advocates for children; and tribal, state and federal leaders. Hosted by National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA).

Association of Government Contact Center Professionals (AGCCP) Annual Conference

April 3 – 6, 2023 | Nashville, TN | #AGCCPconference

The AGCCP conference offers new ways for public sector customer service and contact center leaders to grow professionally. Discussion topics include remote work, emergency response, utility support, and leadership.

National Council on Public History (NCPH) Annual Meeting

April 12 – 15, 2023 | Atlanta, GA | #NCPH2023

NCPH’s annual meeting is for professionals, students, faculty members and anyone else interested in public history, and attracts academic historians, federal employees, archivists, museum workers and teachers. The conference provides professional development, networking and community connections.

Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC)

April 12 – 14, 2023 | Denver, CO and virtual | #23NTC

NTEN’s conference — often referred to as the NTC — is the annual gathering of people who want to make the world a better place through the skillful and equitable use of technology. At the NTC, you’ll learn essential nonprofit technology best practices while connecting with a community that shares your commitment to social change.

Social Media Strategies Summit: First Responders

April 12 – 13, 2023 | Virtual | #SMSSummit

The Social Media Strategies Summit: First Responders is an opportunity to learn from a mix of industry leaders who will share the proven social media strategies they use to grow their agencies’ online communities.

Women Tech Leaders Summit

April 13, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

The federal government faces pressure to diversify its workforce, including its technology leaders. With women representing only a quarter of the entire STEM field, it is vital and urgent to call women technology leaders to public service. At the summit, leading women from across the federal government will highlight top artificial intelligence, health care and data management initiatives — and how having more women in the workforce impacts these key areas. Hosted by GovCIO Media & Research.

Professional Services Council (PSC) Annual Conference

April 16 – 19, 2023 | White Sulphur Springs, WV and virtual | #PSCannual2023

This government contracting conference convenes government and industry leaders to address issues facing the government professional and technology services industry.

Transforming Local Government (TLG) Conference

April 17 – 20, 2023 | Kansas City, MO and virtual | #TLG2023

The TLG Conference brings people together for networking, case studies, innovative tours and even more opportunities to learn what local government peers and colleagues are doing to tackle modern day challenges. Hosted by Alliance for Innovation (AFI).

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Communications School

April 18 – 20, 2023 | Portland, OR | #NAGC2023

The NAGC Communications School provides networking opportunities and practical educational sessions to help government communicators increase their skills. It attracts a mix of federal, state and local government communicators and contractors. GovLoop’s parent company, Granicus, is a 2023 event sponsor.

National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) Annual Training Conference

April 23 – 26, 2023 | Louisville, KY | #NPELRA2023

NPELRA provides progressive labor relations advice that balances the needs of management and the public interest. The Annual Training Conference is open to supervisors, managers or management representatives in the public sector, not representing any union.

The AIIM Conference

April 25 – 27, 2023 | New Orleans, LA | #AIIM23

Join information professionals from across the globe and discover best practices, current trends and top issues facing the information management industry. The conference curriculum provides a methodology for mastering your organization’s content to operate more effectively, reduce costs and stay out of trouble.

RSA Conference

April 24 – 27, 2023 | San Francisco, CA | #RSAC

RSA Conference is a cybersecurity event that brings together professionals from all sides of the field — CISOs to security engineers — to give attendees the perspectives and insights needed to stay on the cutting edge of industry knowledge. Attendees will gain actionable insights from hundreds of sessions, collaborate and share different perspectives with peers that will spark new approaches, and see the latest technology.

GITEC Emerging Technology Conference

April 30 – May 2, 2023 | Annapolis, MD

The Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) Emerging Technology Conference examines the cutting-edge technology that enables the federal government to modernize its IT infrastructure. The event provides government, academic and private industry attendees with an opportunity to learn, collaborate and network with IT subject-matter experts in the federal space. Registration is free for those who work in government. Hosted by the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC).

National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear Conference

April 30 – May 3, 2023 | National Harbor, MD | #NASCIO23

NASCIO conferences are designed for state IT leaders. NASCIO hosts both a mid-year event each spring and a larger annual conference each fall, which give state CIOs and members of their staff the opportunity to come together with many private sector solution providers for education and networking.

Training Officers Consortium (TOC) Annual Institute

April 30 – May 3, 2023 | Ocean City, MD

The TOC Annual Institute provides professional development and networking opportunities to the federal training community and human resource professionals.


Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON)

May 2 – 4, 2023 | Reno-Tahoe, NV and virtual | #GSMCON2023

GSMCON helps government professionals use social media better. Participants learn practical skills for managing public sector social media and get opportunities to network with agencies across the country. Major social networks, industry leaders and experts will share updates and strategies and meet participants. GSMCON is for communicators, PIOs, elected officials, marketers, law enforcement, emergency managers — everyone from agency leadership to the occasional social media contributor.


May 3 – 5, 2023 | Charlotte, NC | #ENGAGE311

ENGAGE311 is an annual conference open to prospective, beginning and experienced 311 municipal and customer service centers throughout North America. It provides a professional, unbiased environment for in-depth discussion of current issues and common interests in the industry. Topics include customer service, knowledge management, employee initiatives, business process improvements, open data, open government and more.

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) PIO-CFO Summit

May 4, 2023 | Washington, D.C. | #PIOCFO23

The AGA Performance Improvement Officer/Chief Financial Officer Summit (PIO-CFO Summit) focuses on the emerging policies that impact and call for greater collaboration between the federal financial management, evidence and performance communities. Join the hundreds of PIOs, CFOs and other government officials, managers and analysts. Free for AGA Government members.

ACT-IAC’s Emerging Technology and Innovation Conference

May 7 – 9, 2023 | Cambridge, MD

The Emerging Technology and Innovation Conference focuses on the innovations and emerging technologies that are on the forefront of change in federal IT. Hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC).

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program

May 8 – 11, 2023 | Long Beach, CA

A destination for training in leadership, diversity, inclusion, career advancement and management. FAPAC is a nonprofit representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the federal and D.C. governments.

Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) East

May 9 – 11, 2023 | Boston, MA and virtual | #ODSCeast

ODSC East is an applied data science conference. It provides expert-led instruction in machine learning, deep learning, NLP, MLOps and more through hands-on training sessions, immersive workshops and talks. Attendees include not only data scientists and machine learning engineers, but many other professionals looking to accelerate their skills and knowledge, including software engineers, analysts, executives and academics.

Climate Leadership Conference

May 10 – 12, 2023 | Los Angeles, CA | #TheCLC

The Climate Leadership Conference addresses the climate crisis through policy, innovation and business solutions. Hosted by The Climate Registry, the conference brings together forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia and the nonprofit community to explore energy and climate solutions and opportunities, and to showcase climate leadership.

Open Source Summit and OpenGov Con

May 10 – 12, 2023 | Vancouver, Canada and virtual | #OSSummit

Open Source Summit is an event for open source developers, technologists and community leaders. They collaborate, share information, solve problems and gain knowledge, furthering open source innovation and ensuring a sustainable open source ecosystem. Open Source Summit is a collection of events covering important technologies, topics and issues affecting open source today — including the Diversity Empowerment Summit, Open AI + Data Forum, and OpenGov Con.

NextGen Government Training Virtual Summit

October 25, 2023 | Virtual | #NextGenGov

The NextGen Summit inspires government innovation and provides training and leadership opportunities for public servants. Since 2010, the summit has inspired thousands of federal, state and local govies to become the leaders that government needs. Registration is free and open to all. GovLoop is the summit host.

National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Health Equity Conference

May 15 – 16, 2023 | San Diego, CA | #NRHA2023

The Health Equity Conference offers attendees the opportunity to meet with peers and experts who share an interest in health equity issues in rural America. This conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and services to the underserved and often under-represented U.S. rural population. NRHA hosts other events throughout the year, including the Rural Health Conference.

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Designing Cities Conference

May 15 – 18, 2023 | Denver, CO | #NACTO23

The NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together officials, planners and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.

Code for America Summit

May 16 – 17, 2023 | Washington, D.C. | #CfASummit

At the Code for America Summit, changemakers from across the country convene, collaborate, and learn as they break through some of government’s biggest challenges by removing barriers and finding real solutions that can make our systems work well for everyone.

GSA Federal Acquisition Service Training (FAST) Conference

May 16 – 18, 2023 | Virtual | #FAST2023

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) FAST Conference is designed for acquisition professionals looking for training and networking opportunities. FAST focuses on improving requirements development across government and how GSA solutions can help program managers, contracting professionals and industry partners succeed in the federal marketplace.

National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Annual Rural Health Conference

May 16 – 19, 2023 | San Diego, CA | #NRHA2023

The Rural Health Conference is for anyone with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members and more. It is the nation’s largest rural health conference. NRHA hosts other events throughout the year, including the Health Equity Conference.

SIA GovSummit

May 16 – 17, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

GovSummit — the government security conference hosted annually by the Security Industry Association — brings together government security leaders with private industry technologists for information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and local agencies. Session topics include contracting and procurement, infrastructure and facility protection, how security product standards help meet government needs, and the latest policies, practices and trends impacting security.

Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo

May 16 – 18, 2023 | Denver, CO | #SmartCitiesConnect

Smart Cities Connect is a conference, exposition and accelerator of smart city innovation in North America. It delivers networking and educational opportunities with a focus on city leaders and their priorities. Working with the technology community, Smart Cities Connect brings together providers of intelligent energy, infrastructure, networks, data management, urban mobility, citizen engagement and governance systems.

Blockchain Expo North America

May 17 – 18, 2023 | Santa Clara, CA | #BlockchainExpo

Blockchain Expo brings together thousands of delegates across key industries for two days of content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting-edge blockchain technologies.

IoT Tech Expo North America

May 17 – 18, 2023 | Santa Clara, CA | #IoTTechExpo

IoT Tech Expo brings together key industries from across the globe to explore the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covers the impact IoT has on many industries — including transport, logistics, government, energy and more. The event is co-located with three events covering cybersecurity and cloud, blockchain and AI, and big data.

Social Media Strategies Summit: Public Agencies and Government

May 17 – 18, 2023 | Virtual | #SMSSummit

The Social Media Strategies Summit: Public Agencies and Government is an opportunity to learn from a mix of industry leaders who will share proven social media strategies they use to grow their brands.

Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition

May 21 – 24, 2023 | San Diego, CA and virtual | #ATD2023

The ATD International Conference & Exposition provides the knowledge, strategies and solutions needed to effectively attract, develop and retain top talent. You’ll learn about trends and best practices, discover new tools and solutions, and share ideas with peers who are committed to helping create a world that works better.

Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Bid & Proposal Con

May 21 – 24, 2023 | Orlando, FL | #APMP2023

An event for proposal, bid, tender, capture, business development and graphics professionals, including government and business sectors. Attendees learn information, strategies and best practices to help capture, write, produce, and manage proposals and increase win rates.

GEOINT Symposium

May 21 – 24, 2023 | St. Louis, MO | #GEOINT2023

This annual gathering is for those working in geospatial intelligence. It provides training, education and professional development to attendees, including government personnel, intelligence officers, members of the military and industry specialists. Hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Annual Conference

May 21 – 24, 2023 | Portland, OR | #GFOA2023

Thousands of government finance officers gather each year for this conference to hear from leading practitioners, recognized industry experts, researchers and peers about how to effectively prioritize the current needs of communities and prepare for any future challenges.

Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX)

May 22 – 25, 2023 | Dallas, TX | #GovFleetExpo

At this conference, a community of public fleet professionals get fleet-specific training, networking opportunities with like-minded peers, and access to top vehicles, products and technology displays in the exhibit hall.


Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) Annual Meeting

June 1 – 2, 2023 | Washington, D.C.

As more resources are digitized and physical access is more limited, federal history professionals must come up with new and innovative ways to continue conducting research, producing histories, reaching the public and all other aspects of their jobs. The SHFG conference explores the current transformation within federal history offices, libraries, archives and museums. The conference attracts federal historians, archivists, curators, preservationists and others engaged in federal history.

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo

June 5 – 7, 2023 | Seattle, WA

The NICE Conference and Expo features thought leaders from academia, industry, government and nonprofits who are addressing the nation’s cybersecurity education, training and workforce needs. This event is supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) National Education Conference (NEC)

June 6 – 8, 2023 | Bloomington, MN | #SGMPNEC

NEC draws government meeting professionals, including planners, hoteliers, venues, conference and visitors bureaus, destination marketing professionals and more, from across the country to gather, learn and make lasting connections.

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Public Affairs and Government Summit

June 15 – 16, 2023 | Minneapolis, MN | #2023PAGSummit

The summit features professional development, idea interaction and networking among those whose talents are in high demand at the nexus of public policy, community safety and protection, crisis communications and environmental concerns. The summit addresses the multidisciplinary interests of public affairs professionals and provides access to valuable resources for communicators who hold public affairs roles in private, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, as well as communicators with key roles in local, state and national governing bodies and the military.

National Civil Rights Conference

June 19 – 20, 2023 | Tallahassee, FL

The National Civil Rights Conference features workshops, artistic productions, sessions, tours, vendors, networking opportunities and other activities focusing on civil rights, social justice and human dignity.

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) National Training Program

June 20 – 22, 2023 | Tulsa, OK

SAIGE hosts this annual training featuring professional training sessions related to federal Indian law/Indian Country, equal employment opportunity/human resources and diversity issues, professional development, and cultural and natural resources. It also includes specialized training sessions for veterans and youth.


Esri User Conference

July 10 – 14, 2023 | San Diego, CA | #EsriUC

The Esri User Conference has long been a favorite at GovLoop. It’s a conference designed for users of the Esri platform and for those who want to learn more about geographic information system (GIS) technology. Explore the future of GIS capabilities and discover the innovative ways it’s being used to create a more sustainable and resilient world. Also check out the Esri Federal GIS Conference (FedGIS).

Federally Employed Women (FEW) National Training Program (NTP)

July 10 – 14, 2023 | Columbus, OH

This event trains federal, state, local and military workers for personal and professional career growth. The week-long training program has over 100 specialized courses on topics including equal employment opportunity, human resources, information technology, project management, management and leadership. Courses align with the Office of Personnel Management Executive Core Competencies.

dg.o Conference: Digital Government Society (DGS) International Conference on Digital Government Research

July 11 – 14, 2023 | Gdańsk, Poland | #dgo2023

The dg.o conference is a forum for presenting, discussing, and demonstrating interdisciplinary research on digital government, information and communications technology, and public administration, political participation, civic engagement, technology innovation, applications and practice.

Points of Light Conference

July 14 – 16, 2023 | Chicago, IL | #PointsOfLight23

The Points of Light Conference is a global gathering of people who are passionate about civic engagement. Attendees include nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders who connect, collaborate, gain and share the knowledge and resources needed to be a champion of social good.

USAging Annual Conference and Tradeshow

July 16 – 19, 2023 | Salt Lake City, UT | #USAging23

The USAging conference gathers local leaders in aging, government experts, policymakers, business leaders and other practitioners and partners to share knowledge, insights and new directions in the field of aging. Attendees will benefit from peer-to-peer learning, insight into federal policy and national trends that affect local communities, and other opportunities for learning.

AHEAD Equity & Excellence Conference: Access in Higher Education

July 17 – 21, 2023 | Portland, OR

The AHEAD Conference may be sponsored by the Association on Higher Education and Disability, but the topics are not just related to higher education. There is a heavy emphasis on diversity, disability, policy, technology, current trends and issues as they relate to the law and disability.

Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) Veterans Affairs Healthcare Summit

July 18 – 19, 2023 | Alexandria, VA

The IDGA Veterans Affairs Healthcare Summit is designed for those supporting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ mission. Attendees include people from the military, government, private and nonprofit healthcare sectors, academia and consultant communities. Senior stakeholders, technology experts, industry innovators, clinicians, nurses and administrators will have the chance to learn, share and connect with our nation’s veterans to improve health outcomes, care access and delivery.

National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) Annual Conference

July 18 – 21, 2023 | Cincinnati, OH | #NAGARA2023

Information management professionals charged with safeguarding and making available publicly owned information carry out their duties in an ever-changing environment. The NAGARA Annual Conference helps these professionals ensure citizens’ access to government records and guarantee that permanently valuable records are properly archived and made available to future generations.

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Professional Development Training (PDT)

July 23 – 26, 2023 | Orlando, FL or virtual | #PDT23

AGA’s Professional Development Training brings together top financial officials in federal, state and local government, as well as from academia and the private sector, for valuable training and networking. Participants will gain skills and knowledge toward more effective leadership, performance in a cost-constrained environment, solutions to shared challenges and best practices.

International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) Conference

July 23 – 26, 2023 | Washington, D.C. | #IPAC2023

A collaborative environment for human resource professionals to learn about trends and best practices in recruitment and merit-based assessment practices and to work through input/output (I/O) related challenges.

World Congress

July 23 – 26, 2023 | Nashville, TN | #NCMAwc

Professionals in contract management, procurement and acquisition attend this event hosted by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). World Congress offers breakout sessions relevant to all career levels, engaging main stage speakers and many networking events.

Annual Conference on Independent Living

July 24 – 27, 2023 | Washington, D.C. | #NCIL2023

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) conference attracts grassroots advocates, members of Congress, government officials and people from organizations that work for justice and equity for people with disabilities.

National Homeland Security Conference

July 24 – 27, 2023 | Chicago, IL | #NHSC2023

The National Homeland Security Conference brings together professionals in homeland security, law enforcement, and fire and emergency management. Officials in federal agencies, nonprofit agencies, businesses and universities, as well as other decision-makers learn about emerging trends in homeland security and see the new equipment and technology available to support their mission.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention & Exposition

July 31 – August 5, 2023 | Albuquerque, NM | #LULAC23

The LULAC National Convention & Exposition draws participants that include top leaders from the government, business and the Latino community. Attendees discuss issues, set policies and elect the organization’s national leaders.


Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Annual Conference & Expo

August 6 – 9, 2023 | Nashville, TN | #APCO2023

APCO’s conference and expo offers educational sessions, committee meetings, special events and exhibits for public safety communications officials. Attendees include emergency communications centers, law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical services, and government agencies, along with service providers and commercial vendors.

Federal Dispute Resolution (FDR) Training

August 7 – 10, 2023 | Orlando, FL | #FDRtraining

FDR Training helps attendees resolve workplace disputes and avoid situations that lead to complaints, which can reduce costly litigation for federal agencies. Over 60 workshops and sessions address the latest regulations and best practices to resolve equal employment opportunity, human resources, labor relations, employee relations, alternative dispute resolution and legal issues.

DEF CON Hacking Conference

August 10 – 13, 2023 | Las Vegas, NV | #DEFCON

DEF CON is one of the world’s largest and longest-running hacker conventions. Government security researchers, cyber staff, developers, information technology employees and law enforcement join black and white hat hackers at this conference to better understand the significant vulnerabilities facing public and private sector technology, systems and products.

GMIS MEETS Conference

August 20 – 23, 2023 | Kansas City, MO | #GMISMEETS

GMIS International is a community of public sector information technology (IT) professionals. Each year, government IT leaders, vendors and speakers gather at GMIS MEETS Conference for four days of collaboration, networking and educational opportunities.

National Information Officers Association (NIOA) Training Conference

August 27 – 30, 2023 | Nashville, TN | #NIOA2023

The NIOA Training Conference organizes and trains public information officers (PIOs) through workshops, seminars and case presentations by PIOs who have handled some of the biggest news events of our time. The gathering also offers opportunities to meet and network with professional peers from across North America.



September 2023 date to be announced | #govtechlive

COVITS gathers public and private sector leaders to spread best practices and spur innovation in government technology. Topics include: cyberthreat landscape, cloud and devops, blockchain use cases, strategies for smart communities, the citizen experience, easing the pain of FOIA and e-discovery, election security, emergency response trends and technologies, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.

Billington CyberSecurity Summit

September 5 – 8, 2023 | #BillingtonSummit

The Billington CyberSecurity Summit is a deep dive into the current state of cybersecurity and perspectives on the next challenges and opportunities. Attendees include senior leadership from the U.S. government, partners, industry and academia. Topics include proactive cyber defense measures, partnership building, offensive cyber and what the future may bring to the cybersecurity mission.

United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA)

September 6 – 9, 2023 | Washington, D.C. | #2023USCHA

The USCHA is the largest conference on HIV/AIDS in the nation. Hosted by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), it attracts attendees from health departments and community-based organizations, people living with HIV, people on PrEP, members of national organizations, health center staff members, health care providers, donors, activists and federal leaders.

Global Security Exchange (GSX)

September 11 – 13, 2023 | Dallas, TX | #GSX2023

Global Security Exchange offers insights and best practices to security professionals at every stage in their career. Each year GSX attracts thousands of professionals from the private and public sectors, allied organizations, partners and solution providers.

Out & Equal Workplace Summit

September 12 – 14, 2023 | Location to be announced | #OESummit

The Out & Equal Workplace Summit brings together thousands of executives, ERG leaders and members and HR and DEI professionals and experts — all working for LGBTQ+ equality. The Summit is a place to network and share strategies that create inclusive workplaces where everyone belongs and where LGBTQ+ employees can be out and thrive.

Salesforce’s Dreamforce

September 12 – 14, 2023 | San Francisco, CA | #DF23

A massive conference for users of Salesforce’s CRM platform and tools, with tens of thousands of attendees. In addition to the general sessions relevant to any Salesforce user, the conference also has several sessions designed specifically for government and public sector organizations.

National Association of Government Web (NAGW) Professionals Annual Conference

September 6 – 8, 2023 | Indianapolis, IN | #NAGW2023

Designed for local government web professionals, the NAGW conference provides peer networking, thought-provoking keynote speakers and interactive conference sessions.

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Worldwide Conference

September 14, 2023 | Virtual | #WiDS2023

WiDS Worldwide elevates women in the field by providing inspiration, education, community and support. The conference includes featured keynotes, technical talks, panel discussions and more. All are welcome.

African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA) Annual Leadership Development Workshop

September 18 – 20, 2023 | Location to be announced | #AAFEALDW

The AAFEA workshop focuses on the programs, policies, practices and processes that promote career-enhancing opportunities and the core subjects needed to become successful senior leaders in the federal government. Designed for federal and military professionals with experience at the GS-13 and above levels.

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Internal Control & Fraud Prevention Training (IC&FPT)

September 19 – 20, 2023 | Washington, D.C. or virtual | #Fraud23

The Internal Control & Fraud Prevention Training focuses on management’s responsibility for ensuring good systems of internal control, and the role of accountability professionals in minimizing the risk of fraud, waste and abuse. Leaders in government and private industry will discuss the latest discovery techniques, lessons learned and how governments are cooperating to improve services to residents and communities.

Grace Hopper Celebration

September 26 – 29, 2023 | Location to be announced | #GHC23

The Grace Hopper Celebration is a gathering of women and non-binary technologists. Produced by the Anita Borg Institute, in partnership with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the celebration brings together women and non-binary people in technology for discussions of research and career interests, networking and mentoring, an “Open Source Day” to develop humanitarian projects and more. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government.

Mobile World Congress

September 26 – 28, 2023 | Las Vegas, NV | #MWCA23

Mobile World Congress is an industry event attended by global decision-makers in telco, tech, and adjacent industries with North American digital leadership at the forefront. At Mobile World Congress, the mobile ecosystem that includes technology industry and vertical industries affected by connectivity gathers together to explore the themes that are shaping our world.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference

September 30 – October 4, 2023 | Austin/Travis County, TX | #ICMA23

The ICMA Annual Conference for local government managers and staff has been going strong for more than 100 years. It offers educational, information-sharing and networking tools to help you manage your community in today’s complex environment.


National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Annual Conference

October 2 – 5, 2023 | Long Beach, CA | #NATOA23

The NATOA Annual Conference is an educational event for local government telecommunications professionals working on communications, multimedia, programming, wireless, broadband, franchising and siting issues in today’s ever-changing landscape.

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) National Conference & Exhibition

October 6 – 8, 2023 | New Orleans, LA

NAHRO National Conference & Exhibition brings together leaders of the housing and community development industry for educational sessions, dynamic speakers, knowledge-sharing, networking and exploring the product and service exhibition.

National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) Annual Conference

October 8 – 11, 2023 | Seattle, WA | #NAGDCA23

NAGDCA’s Annual Conference for public sector-defined contribution administrators offers plan sponsors and industry representatives the opportunity to build a national network of contacts, share ideas with peers, learn innovative techniques for improving retirement outcomes and more.

National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Annual Conference

October 8 – 11, 2023 | Minneapolis, MN | #NASCIO23

NASCIO conferences are the go-to events for state IT leaders. They include both a midyear event each spring and a larger annual conference each fall, which give state CIOs and members of their staff the opportunity to come together with many private sector solution providers for education and networking.

M-Enabling Summit

October 10 – 12, 2023 | Washington, D.C. | #mEnabling23

The M-Enabling Summit explores the latest innovations and major trends in business, government and education that are accelerating the pursuit of universal accessibility for digital products, contents and services. It brings together key decision-makers from all sectors, facilitating unique exchanges, collaborations, solutions-sharing and thought leadership activities.

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference

October 11 – 13, 2023 | Pittsburgh, PA | #NASPAA2023

The NASPAA annual conference features speakers and breakout sessions on current public affairs education issues.

Women of Color STEM Conference

October 12 – 14, 2023 | Detroit, MI | #WOC23

The Women of Color STEM Conference is a multicultural event that helps women improve their education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Since 1995, this conference has opened up opportunities for attendees to achieve STEM goals and move forward in their STEM career paths.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference

October 19 – 21, 2023 | Spokane, WA | #AISESNC23

The AISES National Conference focuses on educational, professional and workforce development for Indigenous peoples in STEM. Attendees include American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and First Nation high school students, college and graduate students, educators and workforce professionals, including representatives from Tribal Nations, Tribal enterprises and Indigenous-owned businesses. The conference also includes a large college and career fair for Indigenous students and professionals.

SecurityWeek’s Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cyber Security Conference

October 23 – 26, 2023 | Atlanta, GA | #ICSCCS23

SecurityWeek’s ICS Cyber Security Conference focuses on industrial cybersecurity. It gathers ICS cybersecurity stakeholders from a variety of industries and attracts operations and control engineers, IT, government, vendors and academics.


October 25, 2023 | virtual


ACT-IAC’s Imagine Nation ELC

October 29 – 31, 2023 | Hershey, PA | #ELC2023

The Imagine Nation ELC offers an experience designed to spark the imagination, inspire bold thinking and fresh ideas, foster collaboration and dialogue and spotlight the newest and most relevant technology. The conference brings together forward-thinking agencies and companies focused on improving mission delivery. It also provides a neutral ground where government and industry can work together as partners. Hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC).

Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) West

October 31 – November 3, 2023 | Location to be announced | #ODSCwest

The Open Data Science Conference gathers attendees, presenters and companies that are working on shaping the present and future of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and data science. It is one of the largest gatherings of professional data scientists. ODSC has two events in the United States: ODSC East and ODSC West. Registration discounts may be available to government employees.


Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN) Biennial Conference

November 2023 date not yet announced | Orlando, FL

The LGHN Conference convenes delegates from various cities and states to explore ideas and solutions for advancing excellence and inclusiveness in local government. The conference takes place every two years. LGHN is an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) affiliate.

oSTEM Conference

November 9 – 12, 2023 | Anaheim, CA | #oSTEM2023

The oSTEM Conference is a space for LGBTQ+ students and professionals in STEM fields to share their experiences and learn from one another. It includes programs ranging from safer spaces to talk about queer issues to discussing the latest research.

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo

November 12 – 15, 2023 | Atlanta, GA | #APHA2023

The APHA Annual Meeting & Expo is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. Participants attend to strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. Save the dates for future APHA annual meetings.

Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) Conference

November 12 – 15, 2023 | Sacramento, CA | #BECC2023

The BECC conference focuses on understanding the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations and using that knowledge to accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future. Participants discuss innovative policy and program strategies, share important research findings and build dynamic new networks and collaborations.

Professional Services Council (PSC) Vision Federal Market Forecast Conference

November 15 – 16, 2023 | Arlington, VA and virtual | #PSCvision23

The Vision Federal Market Forecast addresses the defense, civilian and federal IT markets. It’s where industry and government convene to present and discuss the results of the Vision Federal Market Forecast. The Forecast delivers insights from government agency planners and decision-makers, think tank experts and Wall Street analysts about the issues facing the federal market, future programs and budgets.

ARNOVA’s Annual Conference

November 16 – 18, 2023 | Orlando, FL | #arnova23

The ARNOVA conference is designed to create a public conversation and opportunities for presenting research about pressing issues and vital opportunities facing the voluntary or nonprofit sector. It is both a showcase for the best and most current research, as well as a seedbed from which new research is born.

UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28)

November 30 – December 12, 2023 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | #COP28

COP28 brings together tens of thousands of delegates, including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to plan for coordinated action to tackle climate change.


Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Conference

December 3 – 6, 2023 | Kansas City, MO

The COGEL Conference is an opportunity to learn what’s new in the fields of campaign finance, governmental ethics, elections, lobbying and freedom of information.

Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC)

December 4 – 8, 2023 | Austin, TX

The Annual Computer Security Applications Conference brings together researchers and a broad cross section of security professionals, drawn from academia, industry and government, to present and discuss the latest security results and topics. With peer-reviewed technical papers, invited talks, panels, national interest discussions, workshops and professional development and training courses, ACSAC investigates practical solutions for computer and network security technology. Organized by Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA).

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Other Government Events?

You’re out in the world discovering fantastic events for government workers all the time. What other events and conferences should be included on this list? Add your suggestions in a comment at the end of this post — we might just add them when we update this list of government conferences.

Lauren Girardin is a marketing and communications consultant, storyteller, and freelance writer based in San Francisco. She helps organizations engage their communities and tell their stories. Her website is laurengirardin.com and you can connect with her on Twitter at @girardinl.

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