Jeffrey ZeldmanThe National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) is proud to announce that Jeffrey Zeldman will be the Opening Keynote Speaker at NAGW’s 2011 National Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio September 14–16. This four star art deco hotel located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati will be host to the country’s only conference created specifically for local and state government webmasters.

Zeldman, dubbed the “King of Web Standards” by Business Week, is the founder and executive creative director of web design agency Happy Cog and author of Designing With Web Standards. Jeffrey also co-founded and directed The Web Standards Project (WaSP), a grassroots coalition which advocates standards to ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.

Ron Pringle, NAGW’s president, said “We’re very pleased to have Jeffrey Zeldman as our opening keynote. Web standards have long been a cornerstone of NAGW’s National Conferences and online webinars. We have consistently tried to further our government attendees’ knowledge and adoption of standards, be they coding, usability or accessibility standards. Having one of the luminaries in the web standards field deliver the opening keynote at this year’s conference underscores our commitment to continuing that tradition.”

Zeldman is scheduled to present the opening keynote on Wednesday, September 14.

The addition of Zeldman puts an exclamation point on an already impressive list of speakers, including keynote speakers Joe Rotella and Kristina Halvorson; and special guest speaker Molly Holzschlag.

previous keynote speakers have included CSS expert Eric Meyer, Opera Software’s Molly Holzschlag, Phil Mui of Google, user interface expert Jared Spool and other government and internet luminaries.

2011 marks the 9th year of NAGW’s premier conference for local, state and federal government webmasters. “NAGW was started as a non-profit to specifically address the needs of local government webmasters. Each year we’ve gotten bigger and better and we think the 2011 conference will be our best yet.” said Pringle.

Online registration for NAGW’s 2011 National Conference opened on Monday, April 18 and can be accessed at

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