(updated 06/21/19)

2019 Conference – Savannah, Georgia

This year, we’re heading down south for the ACI Conference.

Mark your calendar for July 7-11. That’s when we’ll meet at the DeSoto in historic Savannah, to look at what the future of communication holds.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources are co-hosting the 2019 conference. They have some great things materializing, with topics including crisis communications, how to build media relationships, communicating about wildlife issues like CWD, relevancy campaigns, R3 and marketing from some really great speakers and industry experts.

This year’s agenda will include a Magazine Roundtable. Is there a magazine-related topic you’d like to discuss? Please take a very brief (one-question!) survey and let us know. Here’s the link.

What about for fun you ask? We have a riverboat cruise down the Savannah River on Sunday evening (July 7)! If that’s not enough excitement, our Wednesday field trips will be a choice of a dolphin tour, where you’ll get to see dolphins leap and play around the boat; a walking history tour of Savannah, which is rich with all kinds of history from pirates and ghosts to the Civil and Revolutionary Wars; or a visit to Wormsloe Historic Site, the oldest structure in Savannah, and go for a beautiful nature walk under a live oak tunnel. 

Also, you can take an optional Ghost Tour in one of America’s most haunted towns Tuesday evening at 8:30. ($22/person) Reserve your place on the tour with a check to: 

Delaney Meeting & Event Management
Subject Line: ACI Ghost Tour
46B Main Street, 4th Floor
Winooski, VT 05404

Hotel Information
  • Book your room at The DeSoto today. Call 844-257-3520, and tell them you’re with ACI. It’s too late to reserve at the Early Bird Rate, but there are a limited number of rooms still available at $169/night.
  • Parking is valet only, $27/day.
Alternate Lodging

Our hosts have reserved an additional block of rooms at the nearby Springhill Suites for $117/night. Use this link to book at the $117 rate. Contact Jessica Sharpe at 912-721-6013 if you need assistance.

Springhill Suites
150 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31401

More Alternate Lodging

Perry Lane Hotel
256 East Perry Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Courtyard by Marriott
415 West Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Check out the links below for information about sponsorship opportunities as well as a form letter that you can adapt and use to help persuade your supervisor to let you attend.

ACI Conference Planning Guide

Icon of ACI Conference Planning Guide ACI Conference Planning Guide (801.0 KiB)

Future ACI Conferences

Kay Ellerhoff, ACI’s outstanding Conference Futures Chair, has lined up the following locations for future conferences (subject to change):

2020 – Santa Fe, New Mexico (July 19-22)

2021 – Tennessee

2022 – North Carolina

2023 – Pennsylvania

2024 – Michigan

Past ACI Conferences

2018Springfield, Missouri
2017Nashville, Indiana
2016Lake Tahoe, Nevada
2015Flagstaff, Arizona
2014 Nebraska City, Nebraska
2013Midway, Utah
2012Shepherdstown, West Virginia
2011Cincinnati, Ohio
2010Louisville, Kentucky
2009Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2008Nashville, Tennessee
2007Lenox, Massachussetts
2006Orlando, Florida
2005Ogden, Utah
2004New Orleans, Louisiana
2003Cody, Wyoming
2002 Shepherdstown, West Virginia
2001Cape May, New Jersey
2000Reno, Nevada
1999Hot Springs, Arkansas
1998 Austin, Texas
1997Put-In-Bay, Ohio
1996Jackson, Wyoming
1995St. Paul, Minnesota
1994 Newport, Oregon
1993Portsmouth, New Hampshire
1992 Sun Valley, Idaho
1991Gaylord, Michigan
1990 San Antonio, Texas
1989 Jackson, Wyoming
1988Steamboat Springs, Colorado
1987Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1986 Jackson, Wyoming
1985 Williamsburg, Virginia
1984Illinois Beach, Illinois
1983Burlingame, California
1982Sitka/Juneau, Alaska
1981Poconos, Pennsylvania
1980Nashville, Tennessee
1979Flathead Lake, Montana
1978Winnipeg, Manitoba
1977 Lafayette, Louisiana
1976Atlanta, Georgia
1975Portland, Oregon
1974Annapolis, Maryland
1973Hot Springs, Arkansas
1972 Salt Lake City, Utah
1971Springfield, Missouri
1970Cody, Wyoming
1969Bar Harbor, Maine
1968Victoria, British Columbia
1967Hot Springs, Arkansas
1966Sun Valley, Idaho
1965Austin, Texas
1964Omaha, Nebraska
1963Cape Cod, Massachusetts
1962Sylvan Lake, South Dakota
1961Miami Beach, Florida
1960Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania
1959Eagle River, Wisconsin
1958Biloxi, Mississippi
1957Glenwood Springs, Colorado
1956New Orleans, Louisiana
1955Asilomar, California
1954Gatlinburg, Tennessee
1953Galveston, Texas
1952Itasca Park, Minnesota
1951Mt. Hood, Oregon
1950Edgewater Gulf, Mississippi
1949Leesville Lake, Ohio
1948Fox Lake, Illinois
1947Higgins Lake, Michigan
1946(ACI suspended activity during World War II)
1942Pickwick, Tennessee
1941Bennett Springs, Missouri
1940Pigeon River, Michigan
1939Put-In-Bay, Ohio


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