Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, APSA is announcing that APSCON 2020, scheduled to take place July 20-25 in Houston, TX, has been cancelled.
I’d like to thank those you who responded to the APSCON 2020 Survey. Your responses were instrumental in the APSA Board of Director’s discussion on the future of the event during a recent special meeting of the Board. Recognizing that the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, instructors and staff are our top concerns, and based on information from multiple sources on current and projected factors related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Board decided it would be impractical to conduct the event as scheduled. The factors considered that affect APSA’s ability to conduct a successful event included new health precautions (social distancing, masks, hand sanitizing, etc.), reduced travel options, economic recession, people’s general crowd aversion, low registration numbers to date and the substantial loss of sponsorship of social networking events, courses, awards, scholarships and other items such as tote bags and nametags/lanyards that we have traditionally enjoyed.
This decision was not made lightly as we very much looked forward to celebrating our 50th annual conference & exposition in the same city where our inaugural events was held. Due to the valued, longtime relationship between APSA and the City of Houston, we are exploring the possibilities of conducting APSCON there again in the future.
In lieu of APSCON 2020, we will be adding many of the classes from the conference to the live Webinar Training Series already posted on our website. We are also developing a plan to present the courses normally conducted during the event live online and researching options for a virtual tradeshow so you can still interact with our corporate members registered to exhibit. We are working hard on finalizing the details, so look for more information soon via email and our website. And we have several events scheduled for later in the year that are still on at this time.
If you were already registered to attend, exhibit or instruct at APSCON 2020, you should have received a separate communication about your cancelling and refunding options. If you made a hotel reservation but had not yet registered, you will need to cancel your reservation individually as we cannot do it for you.
Thank you again for being part of the APSA community and we hope you, your coworkers and your loved ones are safe and well during these unprecedented times. We look forward to interacting with you virtually or at an in-person event later this year, and seeing everyone in New Orleans next year for APSCON 2021. Laissez bon temps rouler!
Daniel B. Schwarzbach
APSA Executive Director / CEO