Dear NASCA State Members and Corporate Partners,

Did you notice anything new when you opened this email?  As a part of our strategic plan work, I am proud to unveil NASCA's new logo, which is the result of the efforts and careful consideration of state members and corporate partners involved in the branding work group.  Thank you to Bob Oglesby (TN), Dan Ross (OK) and Jennifer Dowd (Kronos) for your contributions to this process.

We have several updates about our progress on upcoming opportunities and new benefits for NASCA state members and corporate partners:
  • NASCA's Program Committee is taking on the development of our 2018 Top Policy and Administrative Priorities List and oversight of upcoming research initiatives. This complements the committee's work on webinars and in-person Roundtables, and helps us make progress on our strategic plan goals to curate and disseminate best practices, success stories and case studies. In addition, a NASCA work group continues to develop a robust online resource library for sharing information between states, as well as research important to our members.

  • Earlier this summer, a NASCA work group evaluated the wording of our organization's mission statement. Following several discussions, reflection exercises and a branding analysis, the NASCA Executive Committee unanimously approved a new statement that more accurately reflects what we do and why we do it. We're proud to announce the result: NASCA's mission is to help state chief administrators and their teams strategically transform state government operations through the power of shared knowledge and thought leadership.

  • At the end of 2017, NASCA will be launching an online community that will take the place of the current email listserv. Stay tuned for a sneak peek at new tool that will help you connect quickly with your colleagues and facilitate sharing best practices among state members, as well as corporate partners. Planning is underway to create customized forums for all NASCA members, including individual groups for corporate partners, state chief administrators, deputy directors/senior staff and executive assistants/administrative assistants. More information will be shared at the 2017 Institute.

  • We are striving for 100 percent participation of state members at the 2017 Institute, which will be held October 11-13 in Atlanta at the Emory Conference Center. Please note: deputy directors and senior level staff are welcomed and encouraged to attend, and state chief administrators may also send a proxy if necessary. If you haven't registered, it's not too late, but please note hotel space is filling up quickly. Please register by September 8. To maintain the side-by-side collaborative atmosphere of this event, private sector participation is limited to sponsoring NASCA corporate partners.
This is an exciting time for our association, and we appreciate your efforts, contributions and commitment. I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta.

Thank you,


Chris Liu, NASCA President
Director, Department of Enterprise Services
State of Washington

September 5, 2017
Upcoming Events
October 10-13, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Welcome New
Member States: 

Jay Dardenne
Commissioner of Administration;
Division of Administration
State of Louisiana

RoAnn M. Destito
Office of General Services

State of New York

2017 NASCA Institute on Management and Leadership
October 10-13, 2017
Atlanta, GA

The Institute on Management and Leadership is a premier and engaging two-day executive education program led by the Leadership for a Networked World at Harvard University. This event invites state chief administrators and industry leaders to work side-by-side to discuss challenges for 2017 and develop new tools for success in state government. Go here for  registration and sponsorship opportunities. This year's theme is the Velocity of Change

As a NASCA member benefit, state chief administrators receive complimentary registration, hotel accommodations and may submit up to $600 for flight/ground transportation reimbursement. Additional state members (i.e. - senior staff or deputy directors) may also register for $275. 

Thank you to our 2017 Premier Member Sponsors: 

Add-On Sponsorship Opportunity Available!
Host the Velocity Reception 

In addition to the Gold and Silver levels, NASCA is offering a new opportunity for the 2017 Institute. This sponsorship is a buy-up option for two corporate partners to host the state members at the Velocity Reception on Wednesday evening. This is a fun and relaxing networking 1.5-hour reception and will be open exclusively to all state members and the attendees of the two hosting corporate partners. The opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10,000 each.  Sponsor benefits include :
  • Company logo/name on the opening/rolling PowerPoint slides, signage and agenda
  • Company logo/name on promotional email(s)
  • A company representative has one opportunity for 10 minute opening or closing remarks (first-come, first-served selection.
If interested, contact Tommy Morrison.

New Corporate Partner Spotlight

Linea Solutions is an information technology management consultant firm delivering expertise to state and local employee benefits, health insurance, public retirement, and worker compensation agencies across the US and Canada. Linea, with no bias toward any individual technology or product, provides strategy, project management, and business analyst services. Our projects are typically centered around business and technology strategy, future system plans and Roadmaps, process analysis and design, requirements definition/RFP creation/procurement, and new technology implementation support (oversight project management, change management, user testing, organizational readiness, and system rollout support).

Amazon Business is bringing the Amazon marketplace to government, with new features and unique benefits that make it easy to drive savings for taxpayers and meet critical government-mission needs. Hundreds of thousands of government customers, from buyers in cities, counties, states and federal agencies, are purchasing from Amazon Business to achieve cost-savings goals, meet compliance requirements, reduce procurement complexity and access unmatched selection breadth.

Amazon Business is built on Amazon's familiar, easy-to-use shopping experience, and provides access to hundreds of millions of products, fast and free shipping options, and competitive pricing. We have features tailored for government procurement organizations, including multi-user accounts, purchase approvals, tax-exempt purchasing, exclusive price and quantity discounts, negotiated pricing, and procurement-system integration. Amazon's competitive marketplace helps customers know they're getting the right product at the right price to meet their important business needs.

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