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Commercial Membership

APCO commercial membership connects you with decision makers in the public safety communications industry. Becoming a member of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International brings you the best opportunities for networking and building your business by putting information and important resources at your fingertips.

Commercial members are those who receive compensation for providing products and/or services to a public safety communications center. Vendors, consultants, suppliers, sales people, manufacturers and training entities may qualify as commercial members. Voting privileges are not extended to commercial members, though they may otherwise enjoy all benefits and privileges of the association.

Benefits of Commercial Membership

See the additional benefits available to Commercial Group Members


APCO brings together all the key players in the public safety communications industry. Commercial membership with APCO allows you to meet public safety communications professionals at chapter, regional and global events. Connect with decision makers at APCO’s Annual Conference, Emerging Technology Forums, Broadband Summit and Leaders Dinner.


Another way to connect with members is by submitting articles and story ideas for APCO’s publications. APCO members automatically receive Public Safety Communications (APCO’s bi-monthly magazine), APCO’s Membership Minute (monthly eNewsletter), and PSC eNews (weekly eNewsletter) that keep members up-to-date on what is going on in the industry.

Professional Development

There are several ways to contribute to APCO’s professional development program. Submit abstracts to be included on the educational program for APCO’s upcoming events. Share the benefit of your expertise and experience by hosting a webinar. Commercial members also receive discounted tuition fees to APCO Institute training courses offered around the globe or through the convenience of an online classroom.

Technical Assistance and Resources

Commercial members can develop professional partnerships and work directly with industry leaders by participating in standards development activities and other APCO committees and working groups. APCO provides commercial members with valuable insight and resources regarding the current state of NG9-1-1, FirstNet, and other emerging technologies, while fostering cooperation amongst stakeholders to reach the goal of a true public-private partnership as envisioned by FirstNet and NG9-1-1.


By joining APCO, you will be able to leverage APCO’s outstanding reputation on Capitol Hill and with federal government agencies by contributing your advice and support. APCO advocates on behalf of the public safety communications community by addressing the issues that are important to all of our members, and keeps you informed on the latest developments.

Commercial Opportunities

Opportunities available annually and throughout the year include exhibiting, sponsorships, research and development assistance, corporate partner program and a commercial advisory council. Read more

Additional Commercial Group Member Only Benefits

The following benefits are available to Commercial Group Members only:

  • Discount on Annual Conference & Exhibit Booth Space
    7% Discount on ALL Exhibit Booth Spaces regardless of size if reserved and paid for in its entirety by December 31 for the year preceding the annual conference. Spaces reserved but not paid for by December 31 would only be eligible for a 3% discount.
    3% Discount on ALL Exhibit Booth Spaces regardless of size if reserved and paid for after December 31 each year and up to conference start.
  • Focus Group Discounts
    10% discount on Full Day Focus Group. Regular $10,000. Commercial Group $9,000.
    10% discount on Half Day Focus Group. Regular $5,000. Commercial Group $4,500
  • Webinars
    A 15% discount will be offered for all Webinars for Commercial Group Members.
    Regular $7,500. Commercial Group $6,375.
  • Online Surveys
    A 15% discount will be offered for Online Surveys. Regular $5,000. Commercial Group $4,250.
  • Advertising
    Commercial Group Members will receive a 15% discount on new or additional* advertising in Public Safety Communications magazine, APCO’s PSC e-news and
  • PSConnect Ribbon
    Designation of commitment on APCO’s online community.
  • Annual Conference Recognition
    Company name will be listed in the official conference program guide. Exhibitors will receive a plaque for their booth.
  • Multi-year Membership Discount*
    Level 2, 3 and 4 Commercial Group members may pay for three years of membership at a discounted price. To qualify:

    • Member will pay their first three years in advance.
    • The first year will be discounted to the level immediately below the level desired.

    * Level 2, 3 and 4 only.


    Year Member­ship Level


    Amount paid

    Year 1 Level 2; 10 or less



    Year 2 Level 2; 10 or less


    Year 3 Level 2; 10 or less


    Year 4 Level 2; 10 or less



    ** Level 1 price

*Not applicable to existing advertising contracts. In the case of renewed periodic contracts, discount to only be applied to additional spending above the original term.