Fall Conference 2017

2017 NCPMA Fall Conference will be held October 3-6, 2017 at Embassy Suites RTP Cary, NC

2017 Conference Theme: “Mapping Tobacco Road”


Logo by Kevin Locklear, Wake County

Pre-Conference Workshops Schedule (October 3-4)

Fall Conference Preliminary Agenda (October 4-6)

Awards Banquet (October 5)

Conference Registration Forms

Register Online with cVent (allows for payment by card) or traditionally with forms below:

    • Conference Registration Form
      Includes option to register for workshop as well.
    • Pre-Conference_Workshops-Only Registration_Form
      Use this form if attending workshops only! Workshops are free for conference attendees, and $30 for those not attending conference ($60 for non-members).
    • Student or Retired Discount Rate Registration Form
      Student/Retired Registration does not include Thursday Banquet
    • Exhibitor Registration Form
      Participate in our Thursday Exhibitors Fair! Exhibitors do NOT need to register as individuals. This is included with your Exhibitor Registration.
    • Sponsor Registration Form
      Consider being a sponsor for our conference and get your company greater exposure!


2017 Registration Fees

register by Sept. 15th 
deadline Sept. 29th
NCPMA Member $175 $190
Non-Member $215 $230
Student or Retired
*does not include banquet
n/a $45

Registration (other than Student/Retired) includes option for free Pre-Conference Workshops and one ticket to the Thursday Night Banquet.
*Student/Retired registrations must purchase Banquet Tickets separately if planning to attend. Banquet tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at conference.

2017 Program Committee Leadership Team Contacts:

Christine Wallace, Fall Conference Chair

Amy Durden, Fall Conference Co-Chair

Michelle Babson, Registration Coordinator

Patricia Pike, Exhibitors Coordinator

Lucy Cardwell, Workshops Chair

Josh Norwood, Poster Session Coordinator

Hotel Accomodations

NCPMA has reserved blocks of guest rooms at the Embassy Suites RTP (where the meeting is being held) in Cary, NC near the airport.

Group Online Reservations Link

Guest room reservations are the individual responsibility of conference attendees. To make your reservations, call Embassy Suites Reservations at 1-800-EMBASSY and ask for “group code NCP” or use our customized group reservations site.

The room rate is $144 per night plus applicable sales and occupancy taxes.

The property is an All-Suites Hotel. Cooked-to-order breakfast, an evening reception, and wireless Internet access are all included with your room.

The group rate will be offered until September 15th. After that date, accommodations will be subject to room and rate availability. (Group rate may not be available.) It is strongly suggested that you make your room reservations early.

The Embassy Suites is located at Exit 287 off of I-40 near the Raleigh-Durham Airport and Umstead State Park. (google maps link)

What should I wear?!?!

Appropriate dress for the NCPMA Conference Meetings is business casual.**  Suggestions include: khaki slacks, button-up or golf-style shirts, blazers or sweaters and comfortable shoes. Remember that the hotel auditorium and conference rooms can become cool and personal comfort zones vary. To ensure your comfort, it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to conference sessions.

The Annual Banquet (held Thursday evening at 7 pm) is a formal business dress event.

**With this year being a College Sports theme (or Professional team if you do not have a favorite college team), the Program Committee encourages participants to incorporate their favorite team shirts or colors along with their business casual wear throughout the week. Thursday night’s annual banquet is still formal business dress but feel free to wear a favorite team color (dress,slacks, pant suits, etc.) or tie with a jacket.

President’s Reception

Again this year at the President’s Reception on Wednesday night, we will have a Map Gallery along with good food and lots of fun. The poster session will give conference attendees an opportunity to display their maps and to view what others around the state are creating. Bring a sample of your work and show it off! If you are interested in participating, contact Josh Norwood (see Poster Session Coordinator above). Two awards will be given: one for “best analytical map” and one for “best cartographic design”, and one for “best digital presentation”.  Note: you do not need to be in attendance at the conference to submit your map.  If you have a co-worker who has created a map for a project or has a general talent for creating maps, please encourage them to submit one for the poster session!

Any types of maps are fine, the only restriction is that they be no larger than 36″x45″. (If you have a special product that is larger than this, talk to Josh and something may be able to be worked out for you.)  Maps will be returned after the poster session is over unless otherwise directed.

If you’re working toward your GISP Designation, remember that participating in a poster session is worth 1 point and an additional point if you win an award!

Fall Conference Presentations

While talking about participation, we would love to see more presentations from our members at Fall Conference. What’s going on where you are? Have you undergone a conversion, switched from hand to automated mapping, implemented a public access or internet site, or used GPS for mapping purposes? Have you used UAS/Drones for any projects? Any of these and many other topics would make a presentation that would be interesting, and who knows, maybe helpful to our members. If you are interested in doing a presentation, contact the conference chair as listed above. The sooner you do so the better so that our committee members can work to provide you an informative, interesting conference.