Public Information Officers (PIOs) are the communications spokespeople of local, state and national government organizations, as well as of police and fire departments. For all PIOs, CIOs (chief information officers), or communications professionals working in these government organizations, we made a list of PIO conferences happening this year to help you fine tune your skills, network with other professionals, and learn the newest trends in the industry.


2016 Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) – April 6-8, 2016

Location: Reno, NV

Summary: Social media conference for U.S. city, county and state government. Attendees will learn strategy and techniques to maximize social media programs to bring value to citizens.



2016 California Association of Public Information Officials Annual Conference (CAPIO) – April 11-14, 2016

Location: Olympic Valley, CA

Summary: PIOs enhance their communication skills with educational and breakout sessions, and of course, networking opportunities.


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Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement Conference (SMILE) – April 25-28, 2016

Location: Alexandria, VA

Summary: The SMILE conference is the world’s premiere source for training for police in the use of social media for community outreach, event management and investigations.



Kansas Association of Public Information Officers Annual Conference (KAPIO) – May 5-6, 2016

Location: Manhattan, KS

Summary: Annual gathering of Kansas PIOs and communication professionals.



Emergency Services Public Information Officers of Colorado (ESPOIC) – May 12, 2016

Location: Visit the website at a later date for more information.



2016 Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officers Association Training Conference (FLEPIOA) – June 2016

Location: Clearwater, FL

Summary: Annual training conference for professional spokespersons who work in law enforcement and other public safety venues.



Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO) – August 1-3, 2016

Location: Hartford

Summary: State and federal court PIOs from across the nation gather to discuss a diverse range of topics to help court PIOs better meet the needs of judiciary.


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2016 National Information Officer’s Association Conference (NIOA) – Aug 28-31, 2016

Location: Nashville, TN

Summary: Public Information Officers gather each year to improve skills and connect with other PIOs in the industry, develop and maintain relationships with the media, and stay abreast of the latest trends in the rapidly changing communications industry.



National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Annual Conference – September 18, 2016

Location: Orlando, Florida

Summary: NASCIO’s annual conference combines educational sessions, with opportunities for networking and relationship building amongst the nation’s CIO community.



National Association of Government Web Professionals National Conference (NAGW) – September 20-23, 2016

Location: San Antonio, TX

Summary: This conference showcases the latest in government solutions, products and services, and focuses on the professional development of web professionals of all government levels- PIOs, CIOs, programmers, and more.



Utah Public Information Officer Conference – September 26-28, 2016

Location: St. George, Utah

Summary: The annual Utah PIO association conference  provides many opportunities for professional growth and learning, including case studies of high-profile situations or natural disasters, presentations by the respective PIOs and interaction with local media representatives. Participants hear lessons learned from a wide variety of local, state and national incidents.  



International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference (IACP) – October 15-18, 2016

Location: San Diego, CA

Summary: At the largest gathering of law enforcement leaders, equip your department with success by learning proven strategies and crucial information, demoing innovative technology, and creating valuable connections.