Should federal agencies hold conferences or meetings in desirable locations?
Should there be a policy against holding federal meetings in desirable locations?
It is not an academic question as some agencies have apparently had a policy of prohibiting meetings in places like Las Vegas or Orlando. Not surprisingly, Congressional representatives from states that stand to gain from meetings in their states do not want a policy that automatically disqualifies cities in their states from consideration.
In our survey last week, most readers (53.6%) said that the location did not influence their decision to attend a meetings. 41.5% said that they were more likely to attend a meeting in a desirable locale and 3.1% said they were less likely to attend a meeting in a desirable location.
Here is a graphic depiction of the survey results on the question: "Does a more desirable location (e.g. Orlando, Las Vegas) for a federal meeting or conference influence your decision to attend?"