Spring 2023 Conference

Registration is Now Open for the Spring 2023 Georgia GMIS Conference

April 30 – May 4, 2023
Athens, Georgia

The Classic Center

The Georgia GMIS Board of Directors invites you to attend the 2023 Spring Conference. The theme is “In IT to Win IT. Allow Georgia GMIS to make your team a champion!” We are elated our 2022 fall conference was a huge success with our casino night and first open lab during the shirtsleeve session. We will carry that same excitement and energy to Athens! The event is Sunday, April 30 – Thursday, May 4, 2023. It will be held at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.  

Sunday’s events start with the CGCIO program, Geek Trak and a special Cert Trak. CGCIO is continuing from fall. Geek Trak will focus on “CIS Controls V8” taught by Gates Marshall. Cert Trak will be a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt session that will conclude with a certification on Wednesday afternoon. Cert Trak came about after much discussion with CGCIO and LGCIO graduates who wanted more variety of CEU credits that are approved by CVIOG.

Regular LCGIO sessions will begin on Monday and continue Tuesday. Monday’s session will be “Building Your Team” led by Dr. Marci Campbell. Tuesday we will have a host of speakers and exciting topics such as Off-site Connectivity, NextGen 911 and Ransomware.

We have planned a fun Tuesday night that will include dinner, certificate presentations, awards and a “Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre” that will leave you in suspense. We will have good food, sightseeing and networking with your peers and vendors.

I look forward to seeing you in Athens!

Michael Hicks, CGCIO™, LGCIO
President, Georgia GMIS

Conference Registration


To Register online and pay by credit card (preferred):

  • Click here to register online
    • Step 1:
      Create new user profile. ***When creating a new user profile you may receive a message that a user name
      already exists in the new system which was migrated from the old system. If you receive this message you will
      have an opportunity to request a new password.***

    • Important for creating a new user profile:
      • Please DO NOT create a new user profile if you have previously attended CVIOG or other UGA Public
        Service and Outreach events.
      • Each registered participant must have a unique email address. The same email address cannot be used
        for multiple registrants.
      • In the Address and Telephone section, be sure to select the correct ‘Type’ (e.g. ‘Office’) from the drop down selections.
      • In the Employment Information section, enter at minimum your Employer and Job Title.
      • Optionally enter demographic information.
      • Select your preferred Marketing Opt in and Privacy options, and click the boxes to indicate that you have read and understand the privacy policies.
      • Step 2:
        • Once you are logged in, select ‘Geek Trak’ or ‘LGCIO’. You can preview the session schedule for each track by
          clicking ‘Session selection information’ under each option.
        • Let us know if you’re a firsttime attendee and fill in any specific accommodation requests.
        • Confirm cart and click ‘Pay and Register’.
        • Enter credit card information.
        • Your conference sessions will be automatically selected based on the track you chose (either Geek Trak or
          LGCIO). ***Your sessions are not confirmed until after you have entered your credit card information.***

    To Register by mail and pay by check:

    Complete the mailin registration form attached to the email announcement from CVIOG, mail in the form with the check payment to the address listed on the form.

    After Registering:

    You will receive several emails which will be directed to the email address you provided when registering/setting up your
    user profile. The sender name on the emails will be


    1. (Applicable to new users only) New Account notification; password action required (Subject line: Vice President for Public Service and Outreach New Account) This email is being sent because you set up a new user account in the registration system. The email will include a link that you must click on in order to choose a password for future access. Please take immediate action upon receipt of this notice.
    2. Enrollment confirmation (Subject line: Carl Vinson Institute of Government Enrollment Notification for ‘Your Name’) This email provides verification that your enrollment has been received and processed.
    3. Confirmation (Subject line: Carl Vinson Institute of Government Confirmation) ‐ This email provides details of the course you enrolled in, including the cancellation policy.

      Conference Registration Information

      Countdown to Spring 2023 Conference








      There are two ways to register.
      1. Register online and pay with a credit card
      2. Print the attached mail-in registration form and mail the completed form with your check to the address on the form.

      Early Bird Conference Fee Will Run From March 13 – April 9, 2023

      LGCIO Conference Registration Fee (Includes One Banquet Ticket)
      Cert Trak Conference Registration Fee (Includes One Banquet Ticket)
      Geek Trak Conference Registration Fee (Includes One Banquet Ticket)

      Regular Conference Fee Will Run From April 10 – April 21, 2023

      LGCIO Conference Registration Fee (Includes One Banquet Ticket)
      Cert Trak Conference Registration Fee (Includes One Banquet Ticket)
      Geek Trak Conference Registration Fee (Includes One Banquet Ticket)
      Tuesday Banquet Guest

      *Anyone bringing a guest or spouse must request and pay for a banquet ticket prior to their arrival at the conference

      Hotel Information

      Hyatt Place Athens

      412 N. Thomas Street

      Athens, GA 30601

      (706) 425-1800

      When making your reservation, please mention you are with the

      Georgia Government Management Information Sciences (Georgia GMIS) conference to get the

      special rate of $159 (plus $5 state hotel/motel fee and applicable taxes) per night.

      All reservations can be made by calling 1-888-492-8847 or online at
      this link.
      Be sure to reference the group code G-MIS3. If booking online you must enter a timeframe

      within the dates of the block 4/29-5/4 to apply the group code.

      Check-in: 3:00 PM

      Check-out: 12:00 PM

      A block of rooms will be held at the hotel until April 3, 2023, or until all rooms have been reserved, whichever comes first.

      After this date, the hotel will make reservations at the prevailing room rate based on availability.


      Self-parking at Hyatt Place is $12 per night. Please note, overnight guests are strongly encouraged to

      leave their vehicle parked at the hotel. All sessions will be held within a 0.2 (4 minute) walking distance

      from the hotel into the main Classic Center building. Should you choose to

      move your car from the hotel to the Classic Center, additional parking fees will apply.

      Please remember to bring your tax exempt forms!

      Conference Schedule

      Sunday, April 30

      • Halfday Session – CGCIO, Geek Trak and Cert Trak 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
        [Please note Cert Trak registration is capped at 24 participants.]

      Monday, May 1

      Professional Business Casual Attire (No jeans)

      LGCIO Leadership Education Sessions – Building Your Team


      • General Session – Welcome. 8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
      • Full‐day Sessions – CGCIO/LGCIO. Geek Trak and Cert Trak 8:45 AM – 12 Noon, and 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM
      • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Session – 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM


      Tuesday, May 2

      Professional Business Casual Attire (No jeans)

      LGCIO Technical Education Sessions – Off-site Connectivity Roundtable; NextGen 911; Ransomware; Business
      Email Compromise


      • General Session – Announcements. 8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
      • Full‐day Sessions – CGCIO/LGCIO, Geek Trak and Cert Trak 8:45 AM – 12 Noon, and 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM
      • Dinner Banquet & GA GMIS Awards Professional Business Attire


      Wednesday, May 3

      Enrichment Session – Open Records


      • Half‐day Session – Geek Trak. 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Half‐day Session – CGCIO 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Half-day Session – Cert Trak, 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Half-day Session – Enrichment, 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Sponsor Giveaways. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
      • Shirtsleeve Session – On Your Own. 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM


      Thursday, May 4


      • Annual Business Meeting. 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM