COSC's 2019 Winter Meeting will take place at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort from January 5-7, 2019, in Marco Island, Florida. Please register for the CEO-only Winter Meeting here.
To reserve a room at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, click here and enter the Group Code “cosc19” or call (239) 393-1453 and ask for the COSC rate. The group room rate is $249 and is available 3 days pre/post meeting based on availability. Room rate cut off date will be Monday, December 3, 2018.
Chamber Federation Advocacy & Growth Conference
Bigger name and bigger, better conference! The Council of State Chambers (COSC) will be partnering with the U.S. Chamber’s Regional Team and the Association of State Chamber Professionals in New Orleans, to produce a conference jam-packed with valuable advocacy and communications workshops, keynote presentations and plenty of networking opportunities. Plan to join us in The Big Easy for discussions of issues that matter most at the local, state, and federal levels, and share strategies with chamber professionals from all over the country on how best to address them.
Click here to register for the conference. Registration for State Chamber CEOs is included as part of your COSC dues, so there's no additional registration fee.
Hotel rooms at the Intercontinental are sold out.
Here are overflow hotel suggestions, all within walking distance from the Intercontinental:
Q&C: Marriott Autograph Collection
344 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Blake Hotel New Orleans, BW
500 St. Charles Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Whitney Hotel
610 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Royal Crescent Hotel
535 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Please click here to register for the 2018 Winter Meeting. Registration for State Chamber CEOs is included as part of your COSC dues, so there's no additional registration fee. The spouse/guest registration fee is $275 (which includes all meal functions during the conference).
After reviewing your feedback from the agenda survey, COSC has put together an exciting agenda for January's Winter Meeting. You can view a copy of the draft agenda here. The agenda is focused on bringing outside speakers and the chamber community together to discuss how state chambers can continue to learn from each other and grow. The agenda link will continue to be updated as we finalize speakers and agenda items.
Hotel reservations can be made by either call-in to the reservations department, (239) 393-1453, or email the hotel's Group Reservations Coordinator at KinnamanK@marcoresort.com and mention that you are with COSC to receive the discounted room rate of $249/night. A limited number of rooms are available in the days leading up to and following the conference, so those who are interested in arriving before or staying after the conference should make their reservations early. The room block deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017.
Guests who would like to book via phone should contact the resort's in-house reservations department at 800-260-5089 and remember to ask for the COSC rate.
- Click here to register for the event.
- Registration for State Chamber CEOs is included as part of your COSC dues, so there's no additional registration fee.
- $200 TRAVEL STIPEND offered to each non-CEO state chamber staff attendee (to be reimbursed to the chamber after the event)
- First non-CEO state chamber staff member is $545.
- Second non-CEO state chamber staff member is FREE.
- Third and all subsequent non-CEO staff chamber members are $545 each (but please remember there is a $200 travel stipend for all non-CEO staff that will be applied after the event).
- Spouse/Guest(s) are $245 each
For example, if a state chamber registers its CEO plus three staff (4 total), the total investment would be $490: 2 staff registrations at $545 each ($1,090 total) less a $200 travel stipend for each non-CEO attendee ($600 credit).
We will invoice your chamber for the total registration amount for chamber CEOs/staff, less applicable travel stipends, AFTER the conference. We will invoice each individual for their spouse or guest(s). Spouses and guests are welcome at all meal functions and excursions.
Click here for more information on why we think you should join us in Hawaii this year.
Our group room rates at The Modern Honolulu are as follows:
- $289 plus tax – run of house (city scape view and city view)
- $355 plus tax – run of ocean (partial ocean view and ocean view)
- $545 plus tax – one bedroom ocean front suite
Our group rates are available three (3) days pre- and post- of our program dates, based on availability. You may make your room reservations by clicking here and registering online (Group Code: COSCGRP17) or by contacting the hotel at (866) 244-6619. The cut-off date for our group rate will be Monday, June 19, 2017.
For those interested in continuing their visit to Hawaii, rooms at the Turtle Bay Hotel will be 30% off resort rate for meeting participants between Sunday, August 20th and Thursday, August 31st. Click here to book your room today (Promo Code: HCOC).
In conjunction with our colleagues at ASCP, we're well on our way to designing a robust program with sessions focused on providing deep value for state chamber CEOs, policy, political & government relations professionals, communications experts, and membership & marketing leadership. You'll find a live version of our latest draft agenda with session topics available here. This agenda will continue to be updated as we continue to fill it out over the next few weeks. Have a question or suggestion? Please contact Bill Kramer.
The meeting will convene on Sunday, August 20 with our Best & Worst Ideas Sessions for each individual group beginning at 1:30pm, and we’ll have our official conference welcome at 3:45pm. Sessions will conclude the morning of Wednesday, August 23. The COSC & ASCP Boards will meet the morning of August 20, and their respective Board & Past Chairs dinners will be held the evening of August 19. The dress code for the week is resort causal with the exception of business causal attire for the Awards Dinner.
We’ve secured a group airfare discount with Delta for flights into Honolulu. Depending on your departure city and the class of seat you choose, you may receive 2%, 5%, or 10% off your airfare. Make your reservation by clicking here and select Book Your Flight. Be sure to enter our Meeting Code (NMPH5). You may also make your reservations by calling the Delta Meeting reservations line at (800) 328-1111, and travel from August 10-30, 2017.
For those with Alaska Airlines in your area, they are also pleased to provide discounted travel for our event. Fly Alaska Airlines to Honolulu and save 5% on flights from any Alaska Airlines city (excluding Prudhoe Bay, Alaska). Simply click here or enter ECMX546 in the discount code box at www.alaskaair.com and travel from August 14-27, 2017. The discount is automatically applied. Restrictions apply – see site for details here.
Hotel reservations can be made via the Marco Beach Ocean Resort website or by phone. If you register through the website, please enter the group code of COSC17 to receive the discounted room rate of $229/night. A limited number of rooms are available in the days leading up to and following the conference, so those who are interested in arriving before or staying after the conference should make their reservations early. Our room block sold out this year and will sell out for next January; the current rack rate is $379/night. Guests who would like to book via the phone will need to contact the resort's in-house reservations department. The in-house reservations hours are M-F 9am-5:30pm EST and Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4:30pm EST at 239-393-1453.
The 2016 COSC Annual Meeting will take place at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, on October 5-7, 2016. This year, for the first time, in addition to meeting with our colleagues with the Association of State Chamber Professionals (ASCP) as we traditionally do, we are also combining our meeting with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Regional Government Affairs Conference.
By joining together, we will be able to deliver more robust training and opportunities to exchange information for CEOs, Government Affairs/Policy/Political professionals, Communications experts and our Membership/Marketing leaders. All attendees will be able to choose from programming tailored in four tracks aligned with these audiences. All of our traditional programming will continue—including the Best & Worst roundtables and annual awards dinner, with the first ever State Chamber of the Year award being presented.
Agenda highlights include Tom Donohue on the challenges and opportunities for the business community, Karen Hughes on leadership and communications, and 2016 elections outlook with Scott Reed. The agenda will also be jam-packed with valuable advocacy and communications workshops, a look at the implications of the presidential election, and interactive discussion on the issues that matter the most at the local, state, and federal levels.
The meeting will convene on Wednesday, October 5 at 11 am (CT) and conclude by noon on Friday, October 7. The COSC Board will meet the morning of October 5, and the Board & Past Chairs dinner will be held the evening of October 4.