Host National Conference

If you are interested in possibly hosting the IACTP National Training and Performance Conference, please read the following information and submit your contact information in the form at the bottom of the page. Submitting the form does not commit you to anything other than a follow-up communication from an IACTP rep to discuss the possibilities and to answer questions  you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Encouraging Innovation and On-Going Staff Development

The information in the Conference Planning Guide is designed to familiarize groups interested in hosting or preparing to host a future International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) Conference, with the duties and responsibilities of doing so. It is important to read this document in its entirety in order to have a thorough knowledge of what is expected of the Local Host.

A successful conference is the result of mutual goals, teamwork, and a supportive spirit among everyone involved. The annual training and performance conference is one of the most important events the Association sponsors. We thank you for your agency’s interest in serving as a host and look forward to your active participation.

Hosting an IACTP Conference

Hosting an IACTP Conference can be rewarding and exciting experience for the Local Host. It is an opportunity to gain knowledge and learn best practices from professionals on an international level, create networks for discussing common challenges and solutions, and share information and strategies which have been successful in your region. This is also an opportunity to showcase your community – from scenic views, cultural activities, sporting events, tourist attractions, and dining, nightlife, and shopping. Conference participants are eager to experience the area’s sites and attractions.

The Local Host Committee is responsible for a number of activities in advance and during the IACTP Conference. Months of planning and numerous meetings will occur and many hours of volunteer support will be needed to achieve a successful Conference. This is a great opportunity for persons to lead committees, while others will be asked to contribute to a team effort. In the tradition of community spirit, Local Host staff will be mobilized for a number of tasks. IACTP benefits enormously from the many local volunteers who offer their talents and resources to the Conference.

Each person who contributes to the Conference is sure to receive personal satisfaction as well–by accepting a new challenge, developing team-building skills, getting to know colleagues or building a stronger community spirit.  Together, as we achieve our goals, we edge a step closer to training excellence.

What the Local Host Agency Needs to Know

Conference Mechanics (i.e., hotel negotiations, menu planning, guarantees, brochure printing)

The IACTP Association Services Manager is responsible for hotel negotiation, coordinating all hotel logistics to include menus for meals and breaks, lodging requirements, and workshop space.

Decisions made by the IACTP Association Services Manager are based on sound business principles, financial constraints, and/or IACTP policy. IACTP and the Association Services Manager invite and appreciate input from the Local Host Agency on the nuances of the host state and city. It is necessary that the Association Services Manager handle the mechanics and final arrangements for the official Conference functions. The Association Services Manager will be available to provide guidance during the planning of the Conference.

Local Host Agency’s Responsibilities

The Local Host Agency’s efforts, resources, and volunteers are united for one common purpose – to bring trainers together to achieve our mutual goals for the Association and correctional community. The Local Host Committee will be responsible for assisting with onsite registration, scheduling workshop moderators, security (as necessary), local transportation (as necessary), media relations, host city information, audiovisual equipment, photography, planning/coordinating social activities, and identifying/recruiting sponsors.  The Local Host Committee will work closely with the Program Chair and IACTP Association Services Manager to solicit local workshop presenters, local vendors, guest speakers, and local dignitaries to be invited. The Local Host is responsible for conducting planning committee meetings and promoting the Conference with other law enforcement, corrections, and higher education agencies. They are also responsible for providing a minimum of twenty (20) paid registrations for the Conference; those registrations can be internal from the host agency or from external partnering agencies such as prisons, jails, community corrections, and private corrections.

In addition to specific tasks, the Local Host supplies its own unique hospitality to conference participants. Obviously, the Local Host’s input and suggestions regarding conference activities, facilities, and locations are strongly encouraged.

Program Development for the Conference (i.e. keynotes & workshops)

The Program Chair in concert with the Local Host will solicit potential guest speakers. The Local Host Committee will contact guest speakers for events requiring them (e.g. opening and closing sessions). The Local Host is encouraged to solicit and recommend workshop presenters to the Program Chair to ensure that workshops of local interest are presented  at the Conference. All workshop proposals must be submitted using the online portal on the IACTP website.

The Conference Chair (IACTP’s Association Services Manager) along with the Program Chair will be responsible for the selection of workshop presenters and setting the conference agenda. No more than half the scheduled workshops shall be conducted by individuals from the hosting agency/agencies. This stipulation is to ensure diversity in training information, tools, and resources for attendees. The Conference Chair will coordinate the publication of the conference program book with the Local Host Committee.

Collection of Funds

All conference funds and accounts are maintained by the IACTP Treasurer.  The IACTP Board of Directors has authorized funds for the Local Host for the following: conference program books, IACTP awards of excellence, and special presenters. The funding set aside for conference presenters shall be authorized by the Conference Chair and may be used to cover speaker fees, travel costs, and document preparation for facilitators not from the host agency/agencies.  Should the Local Host negotiate with local correctional industries or other organizations to obtain any of the funded items listed above as a donation or at a reduced rate, IACTP’s Executive Board will review said donation or fee reduction in exchange for a vendor booth if requested and/or if applicable.  Other expenditures the Local Host wants to make, that are not listed above as those funded by IACTP, are at the cost and discretion of the Local Host.  IACTP will not reimburse individuals or the local host for non-authorized expenses.

Determination of Conference Registration Fees

The conference registration fee will be decided based on a number of factors such as the predicted expenses of the conference, registration fee history, and competitive rates among similar markets.  Final decision will be made by the IACTP Executive Board prior to the conference being announced and marketed on the IACTP website.

Signature of Hotel Contracts and other Contracts Related to Social Events

Contracts or agreements for the hotel contract must be signed by the Association Services Manager or IACTP President. Other contract activities associated with the Conference must be co-signed by both the Association Services Manager, the IACTP President and/or the IACTP Treasurer.

Final Guarantees on Functions such as Meals within the Hotel or with Social Events

The Association Services Manager provides guarantees for all meals, attendance, or other obligations.

Receptions, Luncheons, and/or Meetings Conducted by the Local Host 

The Local Host is encouraged to conduct any training-related meetings or social events as part of the IACTP Conference. However, costs related to these functions, which are held for a particular group, as opposed to all conference attendees, are the responsibility of the group which produced said expense.

Conference Profile

Purpose: The IACTP Conference enhances individual and organization excellence by providing training and networking opportunities.

Date: September/October dates are preferred but the Association will work with the Local Host to select suitable dates.

Attendance: Professionals from juvenile and adult criminal justice, community corrections, and higher education involved in training the criminal justice field. Attendance has varied from 50 – 175 depending on economic conditions and the location of the Conference.

Exhibits: Typical exhibitors represent the following areas: training programs, technology, curriculum development, and educational resources.  The Conference Chair (IACTP’s Association Services Manager) will be available to assist the Local Host with the coordination of vendor registrations, and the finalization of contracts.

Location: A downtown location is preferred; however, other locations may be considered. The hotel should be within a reasonable distance from the airport and within walking distance of restaurants and other types of entertainment (such as shopping, movies, etc.).

Example Conference Agenda (subject to change)

Day 1

  • IACTP Board Meeting (all day)
  • Board Luncheon

Day 2

  • Pre-Conference Workshop(s)
  • Vendor Exhibits Set-up
  • Opening Evening Reception
  • Exhibits Open/Silent Auction Open

Day 3

  • Opening Session w/ Keynote Speaker
  • Exhibits Open
  • Concurrent Workshops (3 concurrent/1 block AM)
  • Awards Luncheon
  • ConcurrentWorkshops (3 concurrent / 2 blocks PM)

Day 4

  • ConcurrentWorkshops (3 concurrent / 2 blocks AM)
  • Boxed Lunch for Participants; Board Meeting at noon
  • Concurrent Workshops (3 concurrent / 2 blocks PM)
  • Silent Auction Closes (at end of workshops)
  • Exhibits Close

Day 5

  • Concurrent Workshops (3 concurrent / 1 block AM)
  • Brunch and Membership Meeting
  • Closing Session with guest speaker

The Board will conduct its annual onsite meeting the day preceding the conference.  The Local Host Committee will have access to a reserved room and possibly the vending area on the day preceding the conference in order to begin necessary preparations.  Typically, a hospitality room is negotiated as part of the space available for the Board/Local Host Committee.  It is the responsibility of these individuals to comply with the hotel’s rules and manage noise levels and activities.  In the event a hotel staff member receives a complaint regarding the IACTP hospitality room, the Board reserves the right to discontinue use of it for the duration of the conference.

Site Selection Decision Process

Application: Agencies or groups interested in hosting an IACTP Conference must work with the IACTP President and provide a letter of commitment from the agency director/commissioner/administrator demonstrating support for the conference planning process as well as supporting staff to attend the conference. Local hosts are encouraged to seek letters of support from state, local, and federal agencies to be included with their letter of support.

Role of IACTP Board Members

The Association Services Manager (ASM) will serve as the Conference Chair on behalf of the Association.  In this capacity, the ASM will be the primary point of contact responsible for coordinating conference preparations by managing the planning ‘task list’and communicating with Board Members and the Local Host Committee. In addition, the ASM will be the sole point of contact to negotiate the conference contract, and finalize all activities from confirming available space for workshop rooms and exhibit areas and capacity of each, to sleeping room nights and food/beverage.  The host committee will need to contact ASM if information is needed as it pertains to the selected site.

The President-Elect (PE) will work with ASM to ensure the Call for Presentations is posted on the website, to include the review of proposals and final selection.   The PE will communicate with the selected workshop facilitator to confirm availability. Once the agenda is finalized, the PE will communicate with the local host program chair information and obtain information for inclusion within the conference program guide.  The local program chair shall assign workshops to available space, and include said locations within the program guide at the time of publication.

The Local Program Chair will be responsible for organizing the contents of the program and submitting it to the ASM and President for final approval.  The ASM/President/PE will provide guidance to the local program chair pertaining to required contents.  Once the local program chair has finished the development of the guide, it shall then be forwarded to the ASM who will  submit the approved document to the printer.  A timeframe within which to have a draft program submitted to IACTP shall be outlined within the Planning Task List with the program guide being submitted for print no less than 30 days prior to the conference.  The PE will serve as a liaison during this process to provide assistance to the local host.

The Treasurer will work with the ASM to confirm funds received for new/renewing memberships, conference registrations, exhibitor fee payments and other items relating to the conference.  The treasurer will assist the local host committee’s Exhibitor/Vendor Chair in properly documenting/confirming receipt of payment, and providing the Local Program Chair with paid Exhibitors/Vendors advertisement material for inclusion in the program guide, while also sharing the same informationwith the ASM for inclusion on the Association’s webpage and with Joe Bouchard for inclusion within the quarterly journal (CT).

The President shall select three members of the Executive Board to serve as the Awards Committee.  This group shall assist the ASM in creating the online solicitation/nomination process, reviewing submitted nominations and recommending award recipients to the President. In the event an agency submits a nomination, and a committee member is from said agency, the committee member will recuse him/herself from the review process of all nominations.  Notify the President in this situation so that another Board member can be assigned.

Any other “committees” as so created by the Local Host Agency shall designate a chair and communicate activities through the ASM. 

While the ASM, President, PE, Conference, and Treasurer are very much involved in the planning process, any Board member is encouraged to assist.

A Conference Planning TASK LIST has been prepared and is included with this document (*See secondary document Conference Planning Task List) for your use.  This document identifies specific tasks the planning committee will accomplish while preparing for the event.  Broken down into specific categories, the list is designed to highlight critical decision points, being sure to include those things that must minimally be completed. It has been an evolving and continuously updated document used over the past several conferences.  Teams have found it to be helpful in terms of assigning roles and responsibilities while organizing their work.  If utilized properly, this document will become a central component during planning meetings, and updated to track progress against the many identified tasks.  The Task List identifies the items within which funding is available to the Local Host committee, along with pre-determined deadlines for decisions the Local team can make to assist IACTP in its planning.  Conference Chair Michael Jones will be available to review and explain this document in more detail during the first on-site planning meeting in the host site city.

Updated 8/13/18

Past IACTP Conferences

The first two conferences were held in Kentucky in collaboration with the Juvenile Justice Trainer’s Association (JJTA).   Eastern Kentucky University acted in a support role at the time.

Conference Hotel/City/State History

Year Hotel City, State
1988 Stouffer’s Omni Baltimore, Maryland
1989 Holiday Inn Knoxville, Tennessee
1990 Holiday Inn Albany, New York
1991 Sheraton Seattle, Washington
1992 Delta Resort Orlando, Florida
1993 Marriott Tulsa, Oklahoma
1994 Marriot Columbus, Ohio
1995 Regal Riverfront St. Louis, Missouri
1996 Marriott Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1997 Marriott Memphis, Tennessee
1998 Sheraton Long Beach, California
1999 Hilton & Towers Baltimore, Maryland
2000 Regal Riverfront St. Louis, Missouri
2001 Delray Beach Marriott Delray Beach, Florida
2002 Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Scottsdale, Arizona
2003 Wyndham Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2004 Quincy/Boston Marriott Boston, Massachusetts
2005 Hilton Nashville Downtown Nashville, Tennessee
2006 Double Tree Hotel Buckhead/Atlanta, Georgia
2007 Holiday Inn Charleston Charleston, West Virginia
2008 Fiesta Resort Tempe, Arizona
2009   Orlando, Florida
2010 Embassy Suites Boston, Massachusetts
2011 Millennium Maxwell House Nashville, Tennessee
2012   Charleston, WV
2013 Sheraton Salt Lake City, Utah
2014 Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale Phoenix, Arizona
2015 Quality Inn Portland, Maine
2016 Hyatt St Louis at the Arch St. Louis, Missouri
2017 Wyndham at Playhouse Square Cleveland, Ohio
2018 Millennium Maxwell House Nashville, Tennessee
2019 Embassy Suites-Old Town Omaha, Nebraska
2020 Held Virtual Conference Due to COVID restrictions
2021 Held Virtual Conference Due to COVID travel concerns
2022 Held Virtual Conference Due to COVID travel concerns
2023 TN Dept. of Corrections Training Academy Tullahoma, TN

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