First Timers Guide to Forum 2014


Forum Kick-Off
August 24th at 8:30 AM

Opening Ceremony and Plenary Session

Awards Gala

August 24th at 6:00 PM

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Products Exposition
August 25th at 1:00 PM

Topical Networking Breakfast
August 26th at 8:15 AM

President's Farewell Reception

August 27th at 7:00 PM

Social Event

The National Constitution Center

August 26, 2014 –  6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

An event, not to be missed.  The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.” The Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibitions and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition.
Upon arrival, savor a variety of passed and served food items in the Grand Hall to satisfy your appetite after a long day of intense learning. We will enjoy exclusive access to the museum’s major exhibitions, including Freedom Rising, The Story of We the People, and Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello.  You’ll be able to purchase souvenirs at the museum gift shop as well.  Transportation will be provided to and from the event.

Phillies Game

Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game

August 23 at 7:05 p.m.


The Pennsylvania host committee has secured a limited number of seats for the Phillies game on Saturday, August 23!  Join your NIGP friends for a 7:05 pm game when the Phillies will take on the St. Louis Cardinals.  Tickets are $26.00 each (a $4 discount of regular price) and will be available for purchase until July 23, 2014.  Seating will be in the 418 section behind home plate. 
To purchase tickets follow this link:

Click on the green “T” and use the password NIGP to receive the discount.

Transportation will NOT be provided.  SEPTA’s Broad Street Line Sports Express (orange line) subway is the best way to get to Citizens Bank Park from the hotel.  Access to the subway is about 2 blocks from the Marriott and the ride will be approximately 11 minutes.  AT&T station is located at Broad and Pattison, which is a short 7 minute walk to Citizens Bank Park.   Visit for schedules and fare information.
First Timers Guide to Forum 2014

So, you are new to Forum?  

Well, we are hear to tell you that registering for Forum 2014 may just be one of the best professional decisions you will make all year!   To help you make the most of your experience, we have developed our "First Timer's Guide to Forum 2014". These handy tips and event reminders will help maximize your time, enhance your experience and put you in front of the people you should be talking with.  ENJOY!

Quick Reference

Getting There

Schedule and workshops:



If you registered for Forum 2014 at the "Full Conference" rate, your registration includes access to all educational sessions, plenary sessions, products expo and all meal events.

  • Awards Gala on August 24 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Expo Reception on August 25 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Topical Network Breakfast on August 26 from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Host Committee Social Event at The National Constitution Center on August 26 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • President's Farewell Reception on August 27 from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

*** A meal ticket will need to be purchased for all non-Forum registered guests.

If you registered for Forum 2014 at the "Conference Only" rate, your registration includes access to all educational sessions, plenary sessions and products expo events.   All meals will incur an additional cost and meal tickets can be purchased for all meal events.   Due to a limited number of meal tickets available, advanced purchase  is recommended. Onsite sales of event and meal tickets will be limited.  So purchase your meal tickets as soon as possible if you have registered at the "Conference Only" rate.

Meal tickets would be required for the following events:

  • Awards Gala on August 24 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Topical Network Breakfast on August 26 from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Host Committee Social Event at The National Constitution Center on August 26 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • President's Farewell Reception on August 27 from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Daily rates - Limited to two days. Registration fee includes all events taking place before 5PM.  Tickets must be purchased separately for evening events at an additional cost.  
Tickets would be required for the following events:
  • Awards Gala on August 24 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Topical Network Breakfast on August 26 from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Host Committee Social Event at The National Constitution Center on August 26 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • President's Farewell Reception on August 27 from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Give Back

NIGP Gives Back

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Public Servants doing Public Service Community Service Program

NIGP, with the support of the NIGP Business council, is seeking volunteers to support this year’s community service program.  2014’s charity is Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.  Cradles to Crayons provides these necessities free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

Volunteers will be working in the warehouse inspecting, sorting and packaging donations into “KidPacks” – a one week supply of essential children’s items tailored for specific in-need children.  Volunteers will need to be able to stand for long periods of time, and must wear close-toed shoes and comfortable clothing.

Two shifts are available on Saturday, August 23: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Total time commitment is approximately 5 hours.  To register for this rewarding experience, complete the registration form and return it to NIGP by faxing to 703-736-9644 or emailing  Space is limited so sign up today! Volunteers will receive detailed information about shift assignments, departure times, etc. as the event date approaches.  

NIGP is also supporting Cradles To Crayons by conducting a virtual fund drive.  If you can’t volunteer in person, consider making a donation to the charity.  Donate here.

Note to golfers:  NIGP’s Business Council will be supporting this community service program this year in lieu of a golf tournament.  We hope each of you will volunteer to give back to the Philadelphia community!

Where we are...

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

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Special Event for FIRST TIMERS

August 23rd
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Grand Ballroom A-D

You don't want to miss it!

CE Credits?

Full conference and conference only attendees may earn 
up to 17.0 contact hours of continuing education credit recognized by the UPPCC for certification and recertification during Forum 2014.


  • What to wear? Business Casual Clothing and something special to wear if you are attending the Awards Gala and President's Farewell Reception

  • Why visit the Expo? NIGP Forum's Expo is where you can meet face-to-face with the suppliers. What better way to make connections and find out the newest products and services.

  • How can I receive presentation slides? Workshop session slides will be available for download at You can also access the slides via the Forum 2014 Mobile app.

  • Should I bring Business Cards? You will be meeting a lot of new contacts throughout Forum. Bring LOTS of Business Cards to stay in touch!

  • Purchasing Tickets for guests to attend social and meal functions?  We recommend advance purchase of tickets as limited quantities will be available onsite.  


Survival Tips
  • Read the Program in advance. That way you will be able to plan each day and attend the sessions that are most beneficial to you.  (Check out all the Workshops)
  • Choose a back up session in case your first choice is full. You may want to mark your program with your choices so you can quickly identify where the alternate session is being held
  • Arrive at least five (5) minutes before the session starts to ensure you get a good seat.

  • Complete the evaluations for each session you attend and for the overall conference. Evaluations are online and a link will be emailed to you. NIGP reviews and considers these carefully, so make your voice heard!  

  • Do something new. Take a session to learn about a topic you don't know anything about. Breaking out might lead to new opportunities.

  • Converse with strangers! Talk with anyone who's standing or sitting next to you. It's okay, it's expected. Networking can lead to learning about alternative procurement methods, or even better, a new friend.

  • Ask questions of the exhibitors. They're not just there to sell, but to provide information.
  • It's OK to leave. If you choose a session and find out in the first few moments that it's not for you, you are welcome to move quietly to another session. Speakers expect a certain amount of movement in the beginning of each session.

  • ENJOY! There is a whole wealth of learning, understanding and profitable ideas for you to take home.