We view our clients as partners. These partners include those who have worked with GTS for decades, as well as new partners who are just beginning to reap the benefits of outsourcing their current event planning and management needs. By managing or assisting with events, we equip them with the solutions and resources needed to create positive change.
In addition to our partners' events, we also host our own events - events for the public and civic sectors that engage stakeholders, inspire change and inform action.
Minnesota Association of City Attorneys
Minnesota City/County Management Association
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Division
Minnesota City/County Management Association
"Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality." Charles Eames
"An organization's greatest asset is its people."
"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not." - Oprah Winfrey
"Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark." - Jay Danzie
"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself." - Amy Poehler
"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make" - Jane Goodall
Professor and Director, Nonprofit Management Programs; Co-Director, Public Administration Programs
Hamline School of Business
Although esteemed, the best award/reward we receive is the satisfaction of our clients and the success of the events that we manage and host. GTS has many long-term partners and clients including the Minnesota City and County Managers Association, the Minnesota Association of City Attorneys, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Education and others.
Some of our awards include:
"GTS was calm, organized and professional in helping us prepare for our statewide (Learning Days) conference. Their staff has expertise that made our job easier and, more importantly, helped produce a great event for our stakeholders. GTS is more than a conference planner. They're an event partner."
Carol Bauer, Planner Principal, Health Care Homes, Minnesota Department of Health
"Cisco has been a sponsor of the Government IT Symposium for over 10 years. We have found this is to be the most effective event in Minnesota for reaching our public sector customers."
Bill Bleckwehl, Account Manager, Government Sector, Cisco
"After years of doing sponsor recruitment through volunteers, we decided to ask GTS to help us out by partnering with our PMI-MN team. Based on experience with other events, they developed a program and structure that helped ensure that the sponsorship opportunities we offered were a win/win for the sponsor and PMI. Through their email campaigns and personal outreach, they also helped us bring in new sponsors as well as upgrade current exhibitor and sponsor commitments."
Joe Perzel, Board of Directors, Minnesota Chapter of PMI
"The key value that GTS provides is its ability to take charge of the event from beginning to end with outstanding results. I continue to be impressed with the staff's efficiency and effectiveness in handling the overall process, from working with the planning committee and co-sponsors to taking care of the myriad of details that an event of this magnitude demands. One of the special benefits that GTS offers is the fact that it has worked with state and local governments for years, and knows the ins and outs of delivering community services and intergovernmental operations."
Gopal Khanna, Chief Information Officer, State of Minnesota
Thinking about becoming a sponsor, but unsure as to whether or not it is a wise investment? Here are five benefits of sponsorship that will make your decision a no-brainer.
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An article on the Route Fifty web site about the 36th Annual Government IT Symposium and the Golden GOVIT awards.
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GTS Educational Events announced and celebrated the winners at a special ceremony on December 5 at the Science Museum of Minnesota, in Conjunction with the 36th Annual Government IT Symposium.
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Career Connection: Exploring Opportunities in Government IT is an afternoon of learning and networking for recent grads and professionals looking for new career and government agencies in need of IT staff.
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The Government IT Symposium is hosted by GTS Educational Events, a non-profit organization that designs, convenes and supports educational programs for government and civic sectors that engage, inspire and inform.
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Winners will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony on December 5 at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
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The conference grows the work of the Minnesota Department of Education's Minnesota Assessment Conference, with expanded programming and a broader focus.
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GTS Educational Events invites you to our celebratory open house for food, drive and music.
Thursday, October 10, 4-6 p.m.
At our new location: 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 206, St. Paul, MN 55108
GTS Celebrates 40 years of dedication to helping those in the public and civic sectors meet their needs for continuing education and professional management. Celebration to be held during the 35th Annual Government IT Symposium, December 6 - 8, 2016 at Saint Paul RiverCentre.
Date is set for 35th Annual Government IT Symposium, December 6 - 8, 2016
GTS to host Minnesota Assessment Plus (A+) Conference, August 10, 2017
The Sponsorship Sales & Event Coordinator will function as a key member of an established and growing nonprofit organization dedicated to serving government and civic organizations with educational events and program coordination. This dynamic, full-time, entry-level position will assist with the solicitation and sales of event sponsors and exhibitors as well as coordinate the operations and logistics of tradeshows, expos, and other related special events. The Sponsorship Sales & Event Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director, but will work in collaboration with other team members.
The ideal candidate is civic-minded, has an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, is curious and tenancious and thrives in a fast-paced environment. S/he can effectively manage several, simultaneous multi-faceted priorities, while at the same time demonstrates excellent customer service and communication skills. This challenging and rewarding role requires a mix of big picture-thinking and detailed project planning, strong interpersonal and collaborative skills as well as the ability to work independently.
The Marketing & Communications Coordinator will function in a key support role of an established and growing nonprofit organization dedicated to serving government and civic organizations with educational events and program coordination. This dynamic part-time position (20 hrs/week) will be responsible for a variety of day-to-day programmatic and administrative tasks for the Marketing and Communications Department, including web and mobile app updates, marketing email outreach and social media, as well as assisting onsite with events as needed.The Marketing & Communications Coordinator reports directly to the Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, but will work in collaboration with other team members.
The ideal candidate is creative, energetic and collaborative, and understands and embraces the role of marketing and communications as an internal and external service organization. He or she thrives in a fast-paced environment, has a passion for success and innovation, and works collaboratively with and provides critical value-added support to both staff and clients. The position requires an organized, dependable self-starter who can juggle a number of tasks and projects at once, as well as produce high-quality work for different audiences under tight deadlines.
With a 40-year history of serving the public and civic sectors, GTS has proven to be a leader in educational event planning, promotion, management and implementation. We will capitalize on our experience to provide you with a worry-free, successful event.
As a nonprofit organization, GTS needs to be smart and effective with what we do and what we spend. We pride ourselves on our ability to look for ways to help save time, effort and dollars without sacrificing quality-not only for our own organization, but for the events that we manage.
Whether it's planning an event from beginning to end, handling online registration only, or managing sponsors and exhibitors, our clients as well as our event participants continually rate GTS high for service. We work hard for our good reputation and value the positive and constructive feedback we receive from our clients. We will use this input to foster a positive partnership with you and for your event.
Service is one of our core values; it is the key to how we work together as a team and how we work for our clients. With a streamlined and proven approach, we ensure that all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed so that you and your team can relax and enjoy a smooth, successful event.
We are well versed in event planning, management, marketing and implementation. Not only do we have deep knowledge and experience of our own roles, but the entire process needed for a successful event. Our team members draw on each other's experience, skills, expertise and assistance and support to provide nothing short of excellence for you and your event.
GTS is an effective event management team of professionals who work together to achieve success. You will have a key contact person who will handle your needs, questions and concerns, and will manage an internal team to keep your project moving forward.
We are a full-service organization ready to handle all your educational event needs from theme to thank you. No need to juggle multiple vendors. We will help you find the best speakers, manage your registration needs, provide additional funding for your event through sponsorship and exhibitor sales, negotiate with facilities to secure your venue, oversee all your onsite setup and equipment needs and even handle special events. We can provide all the pieces to make your event go smoothly for you, your attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.
GTS has relationships with key public, private and community leaders across sectors and disciplines that we can leverage as we help you plan your speakers, learning sessions and event programs. We have also worked with hundreds of companies and organizations who seek opportunities to exhibit and/or sponsor at events like yours. Our goal is to create a mutually beneficial relationship for our clients and our connections and we are happy to facilitate these partnerships to that end.
As a nonprofit, we understand your specific needs and are philosophically aligned with your mission to support the people you serve. Our mission is to create educational opportunities for the public and civic sectors that engage stakeholders, inspire change and inform action.
We focus on the short-and long-term goals of your event. We help identify, assess and develop solutions to meet your immediate educational needs, while offering a plan for continuous learning for your attendees and quality improvement and for your program for years to come. Your goal is a long-term educational program for your attendees and members; our goal is a long-standing partnership with our clients - you!
How do local policymakers, staff, and appointed officials in diverse settings and from diverse backgrounds gain the knowledge to make informed decisions and the skills to work effectively with other stakeholder groups? This is the question from which Government Training Services (GTS) was born.
In 1976, as a result of work started by the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Minnesota, GTS was established as a public joint powers association. The intent was to bring together the providers and consumers of education and training, to develop quality programs available to all local governments so that each local entity did not have to "reinvent the wheel," and to consider economies of scale. What emerged was a vehicle ideally suited for addressing intergovernmental and multi-sector educational needs.
In 2003, due to cuts in state appropriated funds, GTS transitioned to an independent, nonprofit corporation, with a new board of directors and expanded mission to serve both the public and civic sector. On April 1, 2004, staff came to work for the organization known today as GTS Educational Events.
Over the years, GTS has formed meaningful relationships with dozens of public, civic and private sector partners. Our clients include those who have worked with GTS for decades, as well as new partners and clients who are just beginning to reap the benefits of working with an organization that shares similar goals and values around the power of convening and connecting people.
In addition to providing support services for our clients'’' events and programs, we also host our own events - events for the public and civic sectors that engage stakeholders, inspire change and inform action. These include the Land Use Training & Education Program, the Government IT Symposium, and the new A+ Education Conference.
Building on the strength of our 40+ year history, we are moving into the future as an organization that is focused on playing an important role in our society – perhaps now more than ever – to be a catalyst for organization and community transformation. We do this in a spirit of partnership and co-creation, working with our partners, clients and stakeholders to bring people together to learn, solve problems and create positive social change.