The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) conferences provide a unique opportunity for state government and corporate members to discuss the issues facing the information technology field in the public and private sector. These events offer members a break from the many conferences that promote the marketing and sale of products or services through trade shows and exhibitions. Instead, we invite our corporate participants to sit side-by-side with state attendees to discuss trends and build relationships. NASCIO educational programs are centered on policy issues, trends, best practices and information technology issues that affect the public and private sectors. By bringing together all interested parties, NASCIO members can map strategies, develop positions and act responsibly for the benefit of all involved.