Indianapolis to Host Public Officials Association

February 14, 2011

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS– A national association of public officials has chosen Indianapolis as the host location for its 2013 annual summer conference.

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) will attract more than 250 secretaries of state, their staff, state election officers and notary public administrators to the Circle City during the four-day conference from July 11 – 15.

The NASS executive board this week selected Indianapolis as the host city for the 2013 summer conference during its 2011 annual winter conference in Washington, D.C.

The selection of Indianapolis was made possible through a collaboration between the office of Mayor Greg Ballard, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and the Indiana Secretary of State’s office. Indianapolis served as host for the summer conference once before in 1985 under then-Secretary of State Ed Simcox.

“We are thrilled to be the host office for the 2013 summer conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State,” Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White said. “Indiana is a proven leader in efficient government, and this conference will serve as an exchange of ideas for the best ways to meet the needs of constituents from across the country.”

The conference will showcase Indianapolis as the host city and allow those attending to compare the most efficient procedures for conducting public policy.

Events being considered for the 2013 conference include several receptions around the city, a golf outing, family member visits to various attractions, such as local museums, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Zoo.

“The city of Indianapolis is honored to serve as the host city for the National Association of Secretaries of State annual summer conference in 2013,” Ballard said. “We are pleased that officials from states across the country will be examining government efficiencies in Indianapolis, where we have achieved significant successes in this area, and have an opportunity to experience our growing tourism and hospitality industry firsthand.”

The NASS convention is the latest example of national agencies and organizations choosing Indianapolis for its unparalleled amenities and demonstrated ability to host events on a grand scale.

“We are extremely honored, under the key leadership of Secretary White and Mayor Ballard, to have been awarded this prestigious conference,” said Michelle Travis, senior vice president of sales for the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. “This is yet another example of a convention attracted by Indianapolis’ $3 billion in new infrastructure. Having this influential group meeting in Indianapolis will draw incredible awareness to our destination and will undoubtedly lead to further tourism economic development.”

About the National Association of Secretaries of State

Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the nation’s oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services and digital archiving, as well as several well-established awards programs. Learn more by visiting

Source: Office of Secretary of State Charlie White