Welcome to the SGMP Heart of Illinois Chapter

WHAT IS Society of Government Meeting Professionals?

A non-profit professional organization of persons involved in planning government meetings either on a full or part time basis and those individuals who supply services to government planners.


Improve the quality and promote cost-effectiveness of government meetings. SGMP is the only national organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to government meetings. SGMP delivers our membership value of education, resources and networking to our 3,500 members and through 32 chapters nationwide.


We are lucky to have a local chapter serving Springfield and the surrounding area! SGMP Heart of Illinois Chapter meets on a monthly basis in Springfield, Illinois to allow for our government meeting planners and suppliers to build meeting planning skills while networking with others! SGMG Heart of IL is celebrating 22 years locally and 31 years nationally. 

SGMP - Why would I join SGMP?

As a member of the Heart of Illinois SGMP Chapter you will be able to:

Expand your knowledge and understanding of government meetings through monthly education programs, special events and by attending the national conference centering on professional and personal development.

Get connected with others in the government meeting industry. Meet others that do your job and those that can help make your job easier. Networking opportunities abound allowing chapter members to increase contacts and professional resources.

Stay on the cutting edge with updates on the latest in the government meeting industry through the informational and educational resources provided in the Heart of Illinois newsletter, SGMP's nationally distributed industry magazine Advantage Magazine, national website http://sgmp.org and http://www.sgmp-illinois.org, the Heart of Illinois Chapter website.

Get involved and become an active member! It is as simple as attending a monthly educational and networking luncheons or breakfasts. Step it up by volunteering on a committee of your choice. Take the lead by serving on the Board of Directors. Share your knowledge by presenting a program at a chapter meeting.

Take advantage of SGMP's resources to provide you with guidance and advice on all phases of planning, executing and evaluating government meetings.


Individuals who are employed by federal, state, or local governments who have the responsibility for planning or implementing any type of meeting - on a full- or part-time basis - as part of their official duties. [Employees of military and quasi-government organizations or associations where a majority of their membership is comprised of government employees may also qualify.]

Individuals, organizations or companies operating under contract to (and receiving payments directly from) government agencies to assist in the planning or implementing of any type of meeting. [Contract planner members must not work for an organization that receives commission from suppliers.]

There are no upcoming events.