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37th Annual
COGEL Conference
December 6 - 9, 2015
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Online registration for the 2015 COGEL Conference has closed—onsite registration will be available at the Conference Registration Desk beginning Sunday, December 6 at 8:00 a.m. We hope you will join us at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston for this year’s Conference.

COGEL invites you to the 37th Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts! Join colleagues and experts from throughout the U.S., Canada and the world in one of America’s oldest cities, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn what’s new in the fields of campaign finance, governmental ethics, elections, lobbying and freedom of information.

Conference Highlights

More than 40 break-out sessions will provide first-time attendees and those coming back again with in-depth looks at hot button issues and far-reaching surveys relating to each of the COGEL disciplines. From sessions like "Voter Fraud – Fact or Fiction” and "Building a Culture of Trust,” what you hear and learn will enhance the important work you do to maintain democracy in your home jurisdiction.

Be sure to plan to attend the Sunday sessions, which include "Technology Update” sessions and a new and sure to be popular "What’s Hot in Enforcement.”

For attorneys attending the conference, many states offer CLE credit for this conference.

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What Attendees Have Said About Past Conferences

"Love the new technology session format.”

"COGEL has done a great job of expanding the application of sessions beyond the US experience.”

"I use information and connections I gain at COGEL throughout the year to help me do my job better. This conference is the most useful training I have found, most related to what we do every day, I have attended in 20 years of practice.Thank you!”

"The speakers this year were EXCELLENT.”

"Great Presenters! Great Sessions! Great Conference!”

What To Do In Boston

Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, is one of America's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. Millions of people visit Boston annually to take in its historic neighborhoods, attend cultural or sporting events, and conduct business. The list of historic sites, shopping opportunities and great places to eat are almost endless—Conference attendees will receive walking tour, shopping and dining information in registration materials—Google can help you prepare for the trip. Instead of listing all of those options here, we thought the Boston fun facts listed below might be more fun!

  • While the Library of Congress contains the most volumes in the country (29,550,000), Harvard University is second with more than 15,000,000 and the Boston Public Library is third with more than 14,000,000.
  • The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is one of the only places in the world where a boat can sail under a train passing under a car driving under an airplane.
  • The colored lights on top of the old Hancock building tell the weather: "Solid blue, clear view,” "Flashing blue, clouds due,” "Solid red, rain ahead,” and "Flashing red, snow instead” (during the summer, flashing red means the Red Sox game is rained out).
  • At 90 feet below the surface, the Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest tunnel in North America.
  • The 60 story John Hancock Tower contains 13 acres of glass.
  • The Boston Children's Museum displays a giant milk bottle on the wharf which could hold 58,620 gallons of milk.
Zakim Bridge
Beacon Hill
Freedom Trail
Boats on the Charles
Customs House
Boston Marathon
Duck Tours
Boston Gardens
Photos used with permission: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fairmont Copley Plaza

This year’s Annual Conference will be held at the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza. Known as the "Grand Dame of Boston”, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has long been regarded as a Boston institution. The Copley Plaza was formally opened on August 19, 1912. Boston’s Mayor, John F. "Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s grandfather, presided over a reception for more than 1,000 guests, including local and national dignitaries, civic leaders, captains of industry, and stage and movie stars. This was such an anticipated event that rooms for the grand opening had been booked 16 months in advance. The total cost to open the hotel was an extravagant sum of $5.5 million. Today after the completion of a multimillion dollar restoration, the Fairmont Copley Plaza shines brighter than ever. Ideally situated in the heart of Back Bay, it is within easy walking distance of cultural sites and attractions, including Beacon Hill and the Freedom Trail, as well as unparalleled shopping along Newbury Street and at Copley Place Shopping Gallery. We hope you will enjoy all that Boston has to offer—from among the array of fine dining restaurants, historic sites, designer boutiques and sidewalk cafes.

Fairmont Copley
Copley Plaza Front
Copley Plaza Lobby
Copley Plaza Restaurant
Grand Ballroom
Copley Plaza Gym

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Reservations: Fairmont Copley Plaza
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
By Phone: 866-540-4417
Online: https://resweb/passkey/com/go/cogel

Room Rate: Government Per Diem (Currently $198)
Room Block Release: November 20, 2015

COGEL Policies

Cancellation Policy—Cancellations received prior to November 15, 2015, will be charged a $75.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after November 15, 2015, or for "no shows”.

Payment Policy—Conference payment must be made by check or credit card. Registrations will not be accepted without payment.