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The NEMA Annual Forum

Dear Colleagues,


Please accept my personal invitation to attend the 2017 NEMA Annual Forum in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona from September 28th to October 1st. This year’s annual meeting will provide us with the opportunity to continue to advance the profession of emergency management through our collaboration, as well as share the accomplishments and progress made since the Mid-Year Forum by each of the committees.

I always look forward to seeing everyone and hearing about what has taken place since we were last together. As with each of our forums, we are provided the opportunity to extend our support and assistance to our colleagues as well as learn from one another which further advances our profession. Active engagement and participation in the committee meetings and workshops is what ensures NEMA’s forward progression and relevance to the field of emergency management.

We have many fun and exciting events in store for everyone. The President’s Reception is one that you will not want to miss, and we will be weaving in some unique southwest/cultural traditions into the forum as well. I encourage you all to take some extra time to explore the Grand Canyon State and see just how awesome Arizona is. Keep in mind that our average temperatures in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area the end of September trend toward highs in the 90’s and lows in the 60’s with very low humidity, whereas the northern and southern areas of the state will offer cooler temperatures. This area is known as the Valley of the Sun as we experience an average of 300 annual days of sunshine; so don’t forget to bring your sunscreen!

I look forward to seeing everyone in September.


Wendy Smith Reeve, Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Emergency & Military Affairs
NEMA 2016-2017 President

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Registration & Fees


Registration is closed

  Interested in bringing your spouse or a guest? 
There are great outings planned for them! 

Don't know your registration category? We can help! Check out the table below. If you still need help, feel free to contact us!

Registration Categories and Costs
On-time registration July 10-September 1. After Sept. 1 add $250. Registration closes forever on Sept. 8.
NEMA Member Non-NEMA Member

State Member:
State emergency management director or state emergency management agency staff

$550 --

Persons representing for-profit entities

$700 $950

Organizational & Individual:
Federal agency staff, other state agency staff*, local emergency managers, non-profit organizations, and international governments, agencies, companies, individuals, and organizations (*Any state staff not employed by the state emergency management agency.)

$575 $750

Exhibitor Registration:
Limited registration for confirmed exhibit staff. Includes meals and events on September 29 and 30 only. Email registrations requests to NEMA Headquarters.

$350 $600

Full time students. This registration includes day-time events only. Evening receptions are extra.

$100 $200

Spouse & Guest Program:
For spouses and guests of registered forum attendees. This program does not include forum registration. Email registration requests to NEMA Headquarters.





Logistical Information

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale
5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Phone: (480) 948-1700


If calling the hotel directly, please ask for the "NEMA Forum block" to receive this special discounted room rate.

$169 (single/double) per night plus tax and fees based upon availability.

This rate is only available until September 1 so book early! Reservations made after that date are subject to availability and current prevailing rates.

Rooms are assigned at check-in. If the type of room you'd like (king, double, etc.) shows unavailable, please make a note under "special requests" to ensure you have a room reservation.
The discounted hotel rate will be available 3 days prior to and 3 days following the forum (based on availability).

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is approximately 9 miles from the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort. All major airlines fly into Sky Harbor.

The hotel does not offer hotel shuttle service but there are plenty of taxi options readily available. Scottsdale also offers both Uber and Lyft services.


The dress code for NEMA Forum committee meetings and workshops is business casual. Business attire is appropriate for the General Session and Awards Luncheon. Attire for the President's Reception is casual and held outdoors so light clothing is recommended. Late September/early October climate in Scottsdale averages 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 70 degrees in the evening.


We care about your safety! When registering, you'll need to present your state or federally issued photo identification to verify your identity and wear your name badge at all events (including receptions).

For more information on the Scottsdale area please visit Experience Scottsdale.



Forum Sponsorship

Becoming a NEMA Annual Forum Sponsor means achieving significant return on investment. We'll put you face to face with the decision makers and support you through every step of the forum experience. Want to generate awareness and get in front of the decision makers?

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Important Notices


  • Please reserve only the number of hotel rooms to accommodate confirmed forum attendees. Past forums have seen the room block fill very early, necessitating an overflow hotel be contracted, only to see large numbers of cancelations at the original hotel just prior to the forum. This makes NEMA vulnerable to fees for not meeting the room block and inconveniences other forum attendees who are forced to stay at different hotels. Your cooperation in this is appreciated. Payment in full prior to the forum is required. Credentials and forum materials will not be assigned to those with outstanding fees.

  • Cancellations received in writing prior to Sept. 1, 2017 will receive a refund less a $250 administration charge.

  • Registration fees for cancellations received after Sept 1. will not be refunded.

  • Registrations are transferable.

  • You will be given a confirmation number at the end of your registration that serves as your proof of registration. If you do not receive a confirmation number, please contact NEMA as you will *NOT* be registered for the conference.

  • Submitting your registration and payment constitutes an agreement on your part to accept the Registration Terms, Conditions and Code of Conduct.

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