Monday, August 15, 2016

The Council of Geographic Names Authorities (CGNA) Annual Conference

The Council of Geographic Names Authorities (CGNA) Annual Conference, Richmond, VA, May 2017

The Council of Geographic Names Authorities (CGNA) is a professional conglomerate of state and federal government agencies working together to promote the standardization of the names of geographic features for official use throughout the United States. Each year, the CGNA holds a conference for scientists, governmental policy-makers, and members of the general public. The conference program includes toponymic workshops, academic papers, and group discussions. According to CGNA officials, the organization’s next annual conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia during the week of May 10, 2017.

Planning is underway for the next Council of Geographic Names Authorities annual conference.  The conference will be held in Richmond, VA, for May 8 - 12, 2017 at the Library of Virginia.  For the 2017 conference there will be a slight change in the schedule of events.  The arrival and opening reception will be on Monday, May 7 with the sessions on Tuesday through Thursday with a closing reception Thursday evening with a speaker.  The optional Toponymic Tour will be held on Friday.  Sandy Farrell is working on possible optional tours and suggestions of personal activities.

A block of rooms has been arranged at the Hilton Richmond Downtown.  The room rate for single or double is $135.00 plus taxes per night.  We could not get the government rate for the entire block due to a limited number of rooms that the hotel sets aside at the government rate and competition from other groups.

Here are some helpful links regarding what to do in the Richmond, Virginia area. The dinning guide is a great map of the city. 

Visit Richmond:

Downtown Dining Guide Map as of December 2015:

Links to Richmond museums, Historic Richmond, monuments and cemeteries, gardens:

And, The Best 10 Dive Bars in Richmond, VA: