NASCIO conferences provide a unique opportunity for corporate members to network with their state government business partners and to discuss the issues facing the information technology field in the public and private sector. These events offer members a break from the many conferences that promote the marketing and sale of products or services through trade shows and exhibitions. Instead, we invite our corporate participants to sit side-by-side with state attendees to discuss trends and build relationships. There is no better place to do this in a non-product-marketing forum. Educational programs are centered on information technology issues that affect the public and private sectors. By bringing together all interested parties, association members can map strategies, develop positions and act responsibly for the benefit of all involved.
As the state capital of Texas, Austin prides itself on being far from ordinary. In fact, the city celebrates being "weird." Austin is a hot spot for creativity and embraces its community of musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and progressive thinkers. Sure, you'll find the occasional honky-tonk - and plenty of barbecue - but you'll also find a thriving art community. This city is home to world-renowned festivals, nearly 200 live music venues, and a uniquely Austin culture.
Founded on a bend in the Colorado River in 1839, the city in large part took shape because of the University of Texas (UT), founded in 1883. The city boasts the largest of the nation's statehouses. At 302 feet high, it stands 14 ½ feet taller than the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
As the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, rolling hills and sparkling waterways abound in Austin. The city has miles of hike and bike trails, more than 200 parks and around 300 days of sunshine each year. Lady Bird Lake in the center of town, welcomes visitors to come out to play, and each night during the summer, people gather to watch 1.5 million bats take flight from underneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.
For more information about Austin area events and attractions, visit www.austintexas.org.
Weather: The average high temperature for Austin in October is around 81 degrees with average lows of 60 degrees.
For questions about the 2009 NASCIO Annual Conference, please contact Dianne Adams at (859)514-9167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.