TAC Legislative Conference

September 1 - 3, 2021

Fairmont Austin Hotel
101 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78701

For more information contact Deanna Auert or Nino Miranda at (800) 456-5974.

In response to your feedback, we have transformed the TAC Legislative Conference, scheduled for Sept. 1-3, into a hybrid event. We hear you and understand the demand to expand our services and offer multiple ways for you to connect with us.

Join us for the first time in TAC Legislative Conference history as we explore a new way to share important information with you and your county.

Get in-depth analysis of what transpired during the 87th Legislative Session when you attend TAC’s Legislative Conference this September. Join your peers in public service, either in-person or virtually, from across the state at the premier conference for county government in Texas.

What is a hybrid event?

A hybrid event is a conference that combines an in-person event with a virtual component. That means you can join us at the Fairmont Hotel in Austin, or you can join in from the comfort of your own home or office through a virtual conference platform. Register today for in-person or virtual participation. 

New! Legislative Conference Online

You can now connect with us and county officials from every office and every corner of the state, plus legislators, officials and other experts from the convenience of your county.

Register early at reduce rates today. This year’s in-person conference rate is $230. This year’s virtual event rate is $175.

Check back often for conference updates. Many county officials can also earn hours of required continuing education at the conference.

Already Registered?

We are excited that you have already registered to attend in person! If you would like to change your in-person registration to an online registration, just email us and let us know. You will need to call the hotel at (512) 600-2000 to cancel any hotel reservations.

Registration Fees

Registration Type Early Bird After August 9th
In-Person County Official or Staff $230 $250
In-Person Half-Day Fee (Wednesday only) $75 $75
In-Person Single-Day Fee (Thursday only) $155 $155
In-Person Half-Day Fee (Friday only) $75 $75
In-Person Non-Member (government) $280 $300
In-Person Non-Member (corporate half-day, single day or full attendance) $430 $430
In-Person Spouse Fee $30 $30
Virtual Registration $175 $175

Please make checks payable to Texas Association of Counties.

Virtual Registration

Once you have registered for the virtual event, you will receive a personalized participation link to the virtual event will be emailed to you a few days before the start of the program.

Note: Event confirmation emails will come from Events@Accelevents.com to the email address that was used to register for the event.

How to Access the virtual event platform:

Conference attendees will need to access the internet and use a browser to log in and join the virtual event. While almost all internet browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.) should allow the event to be accessed, we've found that it works most smoothly in Google Chrome, as other browsers may experience issues. Internet Explorer is not a supported browser for the event.

Google Chrome is a free download; however, some county information technology departments may require county staff to get approval before downloading new software.

Special Services

To ensure that our conference is ADA accessible to all, please contact Deanna Auert or Nino Miranda at (800) 456-5974 if you need assistance.

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors
 

Bronze Sponsors
       

       

Faimont Hotel
101 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 600-2000

$200 single/double, plus applicable tax
Check-in: 3pm | Check-out: Noon

  • Once your online registration is complete, your confirmation email will include a link to make hotel reservations. Emails will be sent to the address on the registration form. 
  • Conference registration is required to reserve a hotel room in the conference block. The hotel will not accept any call-in reservations.
  • Hotel reservations made without conference registration are subject to cancellation or an increased hotel rate.
  • Hotel reservations must be secured by Aug. 9. After, all rooms are subject to availability and a price increase.
  • If you must cancel a room reservation, please notify Deanna Auert​.In the event of a waitlist, this allows others an opportunity to stay at the host hotel.

*The Fairmont has extended the group rate three day prior to Sept. 1 and three days after Sept. 3.

Overnight Parking – Prices shown include a 25% discount for attendees.
*prices may changes

  Valet Parking Self-Parking
0-3 Hours $18 $11.25
3-6 Hours $24 $18.75
Daily – Overnight $36.75 $27

Internet

Due to popular request, TAC has negotiated to have WiFi is available in the meeting space. A conference password will be given out onsite.

Complimentary high-speed internet access in guest rooms and all areas of the hotel is complimentary for all Fairmont President Club Members. Membership is free! Sign up at www.faimont.com/fpc.

Wednesday, Sept. 1
4:30-6 p.m. Welcome Reception​ (in-person only)
Thursday, Sept. 2
4:30-6 p.m. Reception (in-person only)
Wednesday, Sept. 1
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Hours
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet and Greet Exhibitors (in-person only)
2-4:30 p.m. Opening General Session
4:30-6 p.m. Welcome Reception (in-person only)
4:40-6 p.m. CommCube (in-person only)
Thursday, Sept. 2
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Hours
7-7:50 a.m. Breakfast (in-person only)
8-9:30 a.m. County Association Meetings (in-person only)
County Associations organize and host a 1.5 hour meeting to discuss legislative issues or association business during the conference
9 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Exhibit Hall Hours (in-person only)
9:30-9:50 a.m. Break
9:50-10:55 a.m. Legislative Discussion Sessions
10:55-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Legislative Discussion Sessions
12:20-1:50 p.m. Networking Lunch (in-person only)
1:30-1:50 p.m. CommCube (in-person only)
1:50-2:55 p.m. Legislative Discussion Sessions
2:55-3:20 p.m. Break
3-3:20 p.m. CommCube (in-person only)
3:20-4:25 p.m. Legislative Discussion Sessions
4:30-6 p.m. Reception (in-person only)
Friday, Sept. 3
8-10:30 a.m. Registration Desk Hours
8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast (in-person only)
9-10:30 a.m. Closing General Session

Applications for continuing education credit is submitted to each governing body listed below. Upon approval, the number of continuing education hours will be posted. Please check back often for updates.

Continuing Education Type Hours
CPA/Auditors Pending
Commissioners Pending
County and District Clerks Pending
County Judges Not Approved by Texas Judicial Academy
Justice of the Peace Pending
PHRs and SPHRs Pending
Purchasing Agents Pending
Sheriffs & Constables (TCOLE) Pending
Tax Assessor-Collectors Pending
Treasurers Pending
Attorneys (MCLE) Pending

Conference Cancellation:

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable). Refunds requested before Aug. 14 are subject to a $10 processing fee. Refunds after Aug. 14 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to one-half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after Sept. 4. Please email Nino Miranda or fax (512) 477-1324 to cancel your conference registration.​

Hotel Cancellation:

If you must cancel a room reservation, please notify Nino Miranda. In the event of a waitlist, this allows others opportunity to stay at the host hotel.

Your Connection to Texas Counties 

​You’re invited to the 2021 TAC Legislative Conference. Register today to strengthen your connections with county officials in your district and from across the state.

The conference takes a deep dive into the most pressing issues counties face today. Each county office will be represented at this premier event. 

We offer you:

  • Two complimentary registrations with an invitation to attend the conference reception on Thursday, Sept. 2, 4:30–6 p.m.
  • Your Constituents – Upon request, we’ll send a custom list of your pre-registered constituents. 
  • Private Meeting Space – With your registration, we offer you the opportunity to visit privately with your constituents attending the conference. To host an exclusive meeting with attendees from your district, contact Deanna Auert. Space is limited, choose the time and date most convenient to you and reserve it today.
  • 3 meeting rooms, Sept. 1, 5-6 p.m. – (Hospitality Provided)
  • 3 meeting rooms, Sept. 2, 12:20-1:50 p.m. – (Lunch Provided)

Contacts

Deanna Auert, Education Project Manager
TAC Office, (512) 478-8753 or (800) 456-5974

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Sept. 1
2 - 4:30 p.m. Opening General Session
4:30 - 6 p.m. Welcome Reception
5 - 6 p.m. Exclusive Meetings for Legislators and County Officials (3 rooms)
(Hospitality Provided)
Thursday, Sept. 2
8 - 9:30 p.m. County Association Meetings
County Associations organize and host a 1.5 hour meeting to discuss legislative issues or association business during the conference.
9 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. Exhibit Hall Hours
9:50a.m.- 4:25 p.m.  Legislative Discussion Sessions
12:20 - 1:50p.m. Exclusive Meetings for Legislators and County Officials (3 rooms) 
(Lunch Provided) 
12:20 - 1:50p.m. Reception
Friday, Sept. 3
9-10:30 a.m. Closing General Session

Your Connection to County Government

Sponsors:

NEW this year! Sponsors can now complete paperwork and pay with a credit card online!

First, log-in to the TAC member portal located in the top right corner of the TAC homepage. Next, locate the 2021 Legislative Conference in the Calendar of Events and click register. Then, choose sponsorship opportunities to add your preferred sponsorship options. Once the registration is complete, Deanna Auert will follow up to confirm and get your hotel room needs.

First-Time Users

  • Click "Forgot username?"
  • Enter your email address and click "Submit."
  • Check your inbox for a TAC email with your username and logon instructions.

If you receive a message that your email address cannot be found:

  • Click "Create a new account."
  • Enter required fields *.
  • Click "Save."

Return Users

  • Log in with your username (email address) and password.

Registration Assistance

  • For more information, please contact Deanna Auert at (800) 456-5974.

Cancellations Sponsorship cancellations must be made in writing before July 2, 2021 to receive a 50% refund. Any sponsorship that requires a company logo to be printed on a promotional item or on multiple print pieces will be final upon receipt of payment and cancellations are not permitted.  Sponsors cancelling after July 1 are responsible for payment in full or may jeopardize future sponsorship opportunities.

Vendors:

Visit the County Progress website​ or contact Sarah Lazarowitz for vendor registration. 

Join us in Austin this August as 600+ Texas county officials and staff gather. This is a prime opportunity to display your goods and services to decision-makers in county government.  

Booth Specifications

The $700 registration fee includes a standard booth, registration for two and access to two sleeping rooms at the host hotel.

Hotel reservations must be made through Sarah Lazarowitz when booth registration is complete. Company representatives are welcome to attend all conference activities

Standard exhibit booths consists of 10’x10’ exhibit spaces. Booth spaces are equipped with 10’ back drape, 3’ side dividers, 6’ skirted table, 2 chairs and standard ID sign.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Aug. 31
1 - 4 p.m. Vendor Move-in
Wednsday, Sept. 1
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dedicated Time with Exhibitors
2 - 4:30 p.m. Opening General Session
4:30 - 6 p.m. Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception
Thursday, Sept. 2
8 a.m.  - 4:25 p.m. Meetings and Breakout Sessions
9 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
3:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Tears Down
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