2018 MAPPS Summer Conference
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7/22/2018 to 7/25/2018
When: Sunday, July 22, 2018
Where: Belmond Charleston Place
205 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina  29401
United States
Contact: Ashley Sheets

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Join Us In Charleston To Keep Building The Momentum Of The New MAPPS!

MAPPS 2018 Summer Conference
The Belmond Charleston Place
Charleston, South Carolina
July 22-25, 2018


The Belmond Charleston Place

205 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
+1 (800) 831-3490

Hotel reservation link: https://www.belmond.com/reservations/hotel-loading?productId=CPH&promocode=180721MAPP

Call the hotel directly to make a reservation: +1 (800) 831-3490

Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect base for a city adventure. We effortlessly blend gentility and old-world charm with a leading-edge spa and innovative cuisine.

MAPPS has secured a special room rate of $225.00 USD, per room, per night (plus taxes and fees). To receive the discounted rate, contact the Belmond Charleston Place at +1 (800) 831-3490 or by email (groupres.cph@belmond.com) and reference MAPPS. A first night’s deposit must be guaranteed via a major credit card, which will be forfeited if the reservation is cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival. A failure to cancel the reservation prior to the day of arrival will result in a cancellation fee for the full length of stay. You can also reserve online by clicking here.

The hotel cut-off date was July 1, 2018. At this point, rooms are on a 'space available' basis at the MAPPS rate. If you have any questions about the room rate and availability, please contact Diane Schafer, MAPPS Director of Meetings, at (443) 640-1068 x108 or diane@mapps.org. She should be able to assist with getting a reservation within the MAPPS room block.

Hotel Cancellation Policy: Please call +1 (800) 831-3490 if you need to cancel your hotel reservation. A first night's deposit must be guaranteed via a major credit card, which will be forfeited if the reservation is cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival. Failure to cancel the reservation prior to day or arrival will result in a cancellation fee for the full length of stay.



Registration Information

Registration is now open for the Summer Conference.
Early Bird registration ends after 
July 1, 2018. Registrations will be an additional $75.00 after that date.
Click here to register.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing. No refunds will be made after July 1, 2018. Cancellations prior to July 1, 2018 will be charged a $75 administrative fee. It is your responsibility to cancel hotel reservations. If you need to cancel your registration, please email Kristin Grove at Kristin@mapps.org.


Summer Conference Session Topics to Include: (Click here for draft conference schedule)

  • A History of Charleston
  • Augmented Reality
  • CEO Round Table with Emerging Leaders: What is MAPPS?
  • How to Stand Up to New Technology
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Service
  • Company Snapshots: What is Your Elevator Pitch
  • Procurement Methods Used by Federal, State, and Municipal Government
  • How Does Federal Legislation Work?
  • MAPPS Partnership with NOAA
  • Utilizing the USGS 3DEP BAA Process
  • MAPPS: Under "New" Management
  • Increasing the Success of Your Marketing Roadmap
  • 10 Questions
  • Technology Sessions:
    • Open Source
    • Security & Privacy from Cloud Services
    • Multi-modal Sensor Technologies and  Business Opportunities
    • FAA UAS Update
  • Emerging Leader Sessions:
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Negotiation & Diplomacy
  • And more to follow....



Sponsorship Information

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Firm Marketing Information Available in the Conference Check-in Area

Special Recognition at Event Being Sponsored

Firm Banner Display in the Conference Check-in Area (provided by firm)

Firm’s Promotional Items Available in the Conference Check-in Area

Verbal Recognition by MAPPS President

Firm Logo Displayed on:

  • Conference Website

  • Mobile App

  • Conference Daily Newsletter

  • Onsite Conference Program

  • PowerPoint Presentation

  • Conference Signage



Travel Information

The Belmond Charleston Place is located 11.8 miles or 20 minutes from Charleston International Airport (CHS). There are multiple options for ground service to/from the airport. 

Ground Transportation is available at Charleston International from early morning until after the last arriving flight each night. All ground transportation is located in the center median outside baggage claim. In addition to airport taxi and shuttle services, hotel shuttles, public transportation, off-site rental car shuttles and ride share pickup is located in front of the terminal. 

The Downtown Shuttle for downtown Charleston is $15 per passenger and departs within 15 minutes of request. The shuttle is a shared ride and may make other stops downtown, depending on the number of passengers.

All taxis are metered at $2.52 per mile up to two passengers. For three or more passengers a fee of $14 per passenger will be charged. All taxi and shuttles accept MasterCard, American Express, VISA and Discover credit cards. The approximate fare to the Belmond Charleston Place is $31/one-way.

Uber (https://www.uber.com/) and Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/airports/chs) app-based ride services are currently able to provide service to/from CHS. Approximate base fare starts at $19/one-way, check your app for more precise information.

Visit the Charleston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (https://www.charlestoncvb.com/) to plan your trip!



Things to Do in Charleston

Charleston Tours
Plantations, Charleston, South Carolina
 Charleston, Waterfront Park Charleston Museums
 Shopping in Charleston

Wind through the city’s quaint, narrow alleys and cobblestone streets to discover the secret gardens and historic buildings hidden within.



Step back in time and experience farmstead life first-hand by visiting one of the famous plantations near downtown Charleston.




Historic Sites
No other city more lovingly preserves its past than Charleston. Catch a show at Dock Street Theater, America's oldest playhouse; walk along the old Battery defensive seawall; or explore the French Quarter with its gothic churches and historic architecture.


Charleston’s incredible range of museums offers fascinating insights into the city’s past. Browse fascinating objects ranging from ancient fossils to Civil War artifacts and visual art. Whatever your particular interest, there’s a museum to find what you’re looking for.


Whether you’re passionate about unique, locally owned stores or big-name brands, you’re sure to find Charleston a shopper’s paradise. And if you feel like a high-end spending spree without leaving the hotel, our ground floor boasts some of the city’s best boutiques.

















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