NASPO, NASCA Co-Host State Government Partner Associations at AMR Management Services Headquarters
In late January, seven state government partner associations came together at AMR Management Services headquarters to discuss 2016 policy priorities and identify intersection of common issues. Co-hosted by AMR client partners – the National Association of State Procurement Officials and the National Association of State Chief Administrators - the attendees included:
- National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
- National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA)
- National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT)
- National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD)
- National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE)
- National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)
- National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA)
This meeting idea was born out of a conversation held at the National Association for State Chief Administrators Institute last October. During a panel discussion, several of the partners recognized the overlap in interests and commonalities in priorities, and commented that the associations should work together more. NASCA and NASPO, which are both managed by AMR, came back to Lexington and decided to take this idea and make it a reality. Working closely together, client team staff planned a jointly held meeting to talk about common policy issues from each association for 2016. To prepare for the meeting, NASCA and NASPO client team staff gathered 2016 policy priority lists from each association and created a much-talked-about State Government Partners’ Crosswalk, which demonstrates how each organization’s issues intersect.
During the meeting, the partners discussed the common issues recognized in the Crosswalk, including recruitment and retention; enterprise vision and planning; budget and funding Issues; and disaster planning. In breakout groups, the association partners worked through specific challenges faced by respective memberships and the tactics the associations are using to address them. You can download a detailed recap of the meeting here.
The partners concluded that this meeting would be very beneficial to host once per year, and the recap of the issues would be shared with the National Governor’s Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The success of the meeting highlights some of the many benefits of an AMC as well as AMR’s teamwork mentality. Some examples of this include:
- The NASPO and NASCA teams were able to play to their strengths by extending personal invitations to existing connections to bring the associations together. Staff worked together to build the Crosswalk, and now they are using their collective voices to build and expand other external partnerships
- The client teams relied on the professional planning services of AMR Meeting Planner, Nastasha Pedigo, who is very familiar with both client teams and pulled off a seamlessly integrated and co-hosted event
- Two feet of snow interrupted flights all along the East Coast and prohibited AMR Vice President of Business Development and Innovation Brian Riggs from getting to AMR headquarters to facilitate the meeting. Staff rallied together over the weekend to come up with a backup plan, and Will Engle, AMRMS Director of Conferences and Events, stepped up to serve in an important role as neutral facilitator for the policy discussions.
The success of the State Government Partners Event highlights how AMR staff work together to provide clients with policy analysis, meeting planning, partnership development, facilitation and more. It’s not just a tagline - AMR staff turns the vision of members into action.