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Annual Conference

Conference has been rescheduled! 

Out of an abundance of caution, Keep Texas Beautiful has decided to reschedule our annual conference from June 14-17, 2020 to September 27-30, 2020. All June registrations will be transferred to our September event and will include 1 free conference t-shirt. We sincerely hope that you’ll join us in September, but we understand that plans can change. If you have a conflict, we will be offering full refunds through August 31, 2020. 

If you've made a reservation with The Westin Galleria, they are in the process of moving those stays over to the corresponding September event dates. Please bear with them during this process. If you wish, you can contact The Westin directly to inquire about your reservation at (888) 236-2427. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our top priority is the safety of our attendees, and we are committed to providing a safe, welcoming and educational event. We look forward to welcoming you to our Annual Conference in September. Special thanks to our partners, sponsors, speakers and attendees for your continued support! 

New registration dates are: 

  • Early Bird Registration: March 2, 2020 - July 15, 2020
  • Standard Registration:  July 16, 2020 - August 31, 2020
  • Late/Onsite Registration: September 1, 2020 - conclusion of conference

We are excited to announce this year's conference in Houston, September 28-30, 2020. The conference serves as the annual event for community, government, and business leaders to network, gain knowledge and be rewarded for their outstanding community improvement efforts.

Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful has more than 50 years of experience deploying resources for local clean-up, recycling, and youth engagement efforts. We equip local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities.

Affiliates and volunteers are at the heart of designing vibrant communities across our state. This year, we’re exploring ways to empower communities through placemaking, from community cleanups to reimagining public spaces for the way we live.

At this year’s conference, you will:

  • celebrate and recognize the achievements of community leaders, inspiring youth, civic groups, businesses, and governments; 
  • experience sessions that are filled with innovative approaches to placemaking,  community beautification, waste reduction, and litter prevention;
  • find networking opportunities and engaging presentations from knowledgeable experts and those with a passion for the environment and designing vibrant communities.

Stay tuned for more details on our speakers, conference sessions, events and more. 

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  • Speakers

    Keynote speaker: Tom McGilloway, PLA, ASLA

    Keynote speaker: Tom McGilloway, PLA, ASLA

    Principal, Mahan Rykiel Associates (MRA)

    Tom McGilloway has been with MRA since 2001 after working 17 years for LDR in Columbia, MD. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University in 1984. Tom’s focus is master planning and he has broad experience in downtown/neighborhood revitalization; park planning and design; and campus master planning. Tom is particularly skilled at engaging stakeholders in the planning process and working in “Main Street” communities. His significant projects include the Lancaster PA Economic Development Strategic Plan and downtown revitalization charrettes/master plans for over 40 communities throughout the United States, most notably several towns in Mississippi impacted by Hurricane Katrina and several towns in Vermont, impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. He is currently leading the master plan for Ellicott City, MD, a community devastated by two historic floods in two years. In addition to his professional experience, Tom is active in preservation and revitalization in his own community.


    More speakers announced soon

    Check back frequently for speaker updates!
  • Schedule

    The Keep Texas Beautiful Conference is September 28-30, 2020 in Houston, Texas at the Westin Galleria Houston.

    Pre-Conference workshops will be held on Monday, September 28. 

    The official conference kickoff is the Keynote Luncheon on Monday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m.

    The conference closes after the KTB Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, September 30.

    Check back for daily schedules!

  • Community Auction

    Bucket auction

    Bucket Auction

    The KTB Community Auction Donate showcases items that represent your community and/or local businesses. This tradition offers a fun opportunity to come away from the conference with a special gift and help support KTB.

    Tickets are available for purchase when you register and will be available for purchase during the conference at registration and during the GCAA reception. Attendees can browse our array of donated gifts, choose their favorites and drop a ticket into the corresponding bucket. The winners will be announced onsite that evening!

    We need you to make our bucket auction great. Your participation not only allows us to raise funds critical to our success but gives you and your community a platform on which to shine! Are you a creative type who indulges in crafts on the side? Are you trying to gain more exposure for your small business? Perhaps you're a budding chef, personal trainer, travel agent or event planner? The auction cannot succeed without donations from you.

    Donate An Auction Item


    Silent Auction

    Last year's auction included Austin City Limit 3-day passes, a Yeti cooler, Kendra Scott jewelry and more! Stay tuned for the 2020 silent auction items.

    If you are interested in donating an item to our Silent Auction, reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

  • Sponsors

    H-E-B/Central Market
    Waste Connections
    Chevron
    CenterPoint Energy
    AEP Texas
    Mungo Creative
    Waste Management
    DOW
    Community Waste Disposal
    Texas Disposal Systems
  • Lodging & Transportation

    We're excited to host this year's Annual Conference at the Westin Galleria in Houston!

    Westin Galleria Houston

    5060 West Alabama
    Houston, Texas 77056 
    (713) 960-8100

    Our room block is limited. Book your hotel now at our discounted group rate. As a reminder, you can cancel your reservation up to 3 days prior to the projected check-in time for a full refund.

    Book Your Room


    Nearby airports

    William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) 
    17 miles away

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
    27 miles away

    Parking

    The Westin Galleria Houston offers complimentary on-site parking.

  • Conference Scholarship

    Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has established a needs-based scholarship to help affiliates attend the KTB Annual Conference, when they would otherwise be unable. KTB strongly supports and encourages the professional development of affiliate staff, leadership and volunteers and believes attending the Annual Conference encourages membership and participation in our affiliate program, thereby helping us achieve our vision to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. 

    The scholarship program is provided with the generous support of Community Waste Disposal. We will be providing (2) full scholarships this year that each include:

    • (1) full registration
    • (1) ticket to the GCAA Awards Dinner
    • (1) pre-conference workshop

    Please note the scholarship does not include funding for travel or hotel accommodations. 

    Apply for the Conference Scholarship

  • FAQs

    When does the 2020 conference officially begin and end?

    Pre-Conference workshops will be held on Monday, September 28. 

    The official conference kickoff is the Keynote Luncheon on Monday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m.

    The conference closes after the KTB Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, September 30.

    Where is the conference hosted?

    The 2020 conference will be held at the Westin Galleria Houston.

    What sessions are included in the Full Conference registration package?

    Please see the conference session details and description, which will be made available soon. 

    Do I need to register in advance for the breakout sessions that I would like to attend?

    Breakout sessions are open on first-come, first-served basis, so arrive at your session rooms early to be sure you'll get a seat.

    Please note that you must pre-register for pre-conference workshops. 

    Do I have to register to attend the Pre-Conference sessions?

    Yes, you must register for pre-conference sessions. These specialized training sessions are not included in full or single-day registration packages and must be registered for separately. The pre-conference sessions are offered concurrently; therefore, only one may be attended.

    I've already registered but cannot attend. Can I cancel or transfer my registration?

    Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512-961-5257 to adjust your registration. 

    Will the conference go on as planned in light of global precautions surrounding COVID-19? 

    We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for attendees of our upcoming events, and we are actively monitoring the development and impact of the Coronavirus on travel plans. We are planning for our Conference to occur on schedule. If the situation changes, we will update attendees by the email used during registration, on this webpage and on KTB social media. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Is there a group discount?

    We do not offer a group discount at this time.

    Can my spouse/children/friends/colleagues come with me to education sessions/lunches/receptions? 

    Yes, but they will need to pay the appropriate registration fees for the event(s).

    I would like to bring my children for the day. What activities will you have for them during the week while I attend the sessions? 

    We are not sponsoring any youth activities during the conference.

    Can I volunteer during my time at the conference? 

    Yes! Volunteers are a vital part of our conference and without them, we would not be able to produce a successful product! Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer.

    If I have only registered for one or two days of the conference, can I still participate in the Full Conference if I pay the difference onsite?

    Yes.

    If I do not like the education session I am in, may I leave and attend another?

    You are welcome to leave, but please do not disturb the sessions.

    I am on a vegetarian/vegan/allergy specific diet. How do I ensure that my meal meets my dietary requirements?

    Upon registering for the conference, please indicate your dietary needs. You will receive a meal card in your onsite registration packet. Please present the meal card to your server at the event(s) in which you participate to receive the designated meal.

    If you do not have a meal card in your packet, please alert the registration desk staff by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the meal in which you are attending so that we can make the appropriate accommodations.

    I need to ship something to the hotel for conference. What do I do?

    If you need to ship materials to the hotel, please contact Tina Litzner at 512-961-5257 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

  • COVID-19 Updates

    March 13, 2020

    We know that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting us locally and globally. Our biggest priority is making the 53rd Annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference a welcoming, safe place. 

    Our conference is still scheduled for June 15-17 in Houston, Texas at the Westin Galleria Houston. A link to their COVID-19 plan can be found here. To help you plan your conference attendance, 

    • KTB has extended the early bird conference pricing until 5/15/2020.
    • KTB has extended the conference registration refund date to 5/22/2020.
    • all reservations booked directly through the Westin Galleria Houston are refundable when canceled 3 days prior to projected check-in.

    We are communicating frequently with our host hotel. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

    We are so thankful for your support and we look forward to seeing you in June.


Check out highlights from our past conferences: 

View conference candids, award photos and our GCAA winner's video from Rockwall.

View pictures online from our past events.

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