NASS Selects Pennsylvania to Host 2018 Annual Summer Conference

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the nation's oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for state officials, will hold its 2018 annual summer meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Philadelphia's deep roots in American history are a major draw for our organization," remarked NASS President Tom Schedler of Louisiana. "As members prepare for the 2018 general election and discuss many new advances in state government, the setting will provide the perfect balance of past, present and future." 

NASS members unanimously voted to award host honors to Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés and the Department of State on February 13, during the group's winter meeting in Washington, DC.

“We are honored that the nation’s Secretaries of State will convene in Pennsylvania in 2018 for the biggest and most productive NASS gathering of the year,” said Cortés, who served as NASS president from July 2008 to July 2009.

It is only the second time in the organization's 112-year history that NASS has elected to meet in the Keystone State. In 1972, the association held its summer conference in Hershey.

The conference brings together government and industry leaders to showcase Secretary of State initiatives in election administrationbusiness registration and licensingdigital recordkeepingstate historical preservation and other programming areas of mutual interest to state members.

Dates for the NASS 2018 Summer Conference will be determined in the coming months. Follow #NASSconPA on Twitter or Facebook for details.

Pennsylvania’s bid to host the event was created with assistance from the office of Governor Tom Wolf, the office of Philadelphia Mayor James KenneyPHL Convention and Visitors BureauVisit Philadelphia and Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

About NASS

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Membership is open to the 50 states and all U.S. territories. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. NASS also offers two membership sections for state government professionals: Administrative Codes & Registers (ACR) and Notary Public Administrators (NPA).


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