The Florida Association of Computer User Groups is the leading regional association of its kind in the country. It is a southeast regional, non-profit tax exempt association, of independent computer user groups including PC and MAC groups.
Founded in 1993 to assist user groups in the performance of their managerial and educational activities, to promote communications among local user groups, and to facilitate relations between user groups and the computer industry.
FACUG is the successor organization to the Florida Suncoast Conference of PC User Groups. Suncoast was one of the early regional groups having been started in 1989 in Sarasota.
The genesis of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups came from a series of meetings between representatives from various user groups around the country. Whenever user group officers and directors met, there were continual discussions about the need to improve communications between the groups and to share information such as newsletters, strategies, ideas, etc. As a first step, the presidents from three user groups -- Boston Computer Society, Capital PC User Group, and Houston Area League of PC Users -- organized the First Annual User Group Summit meeting at the 1986 Fall Comdex.
As a result of the feedback from that first Summit meeting and subsequent meetings among user group representatives, the leaders of 15 user groups met in Seattle in October, 1987, and proposed the formation of an association for the purpose of fostering communication among and between user groups. That proposal was presented before 130 representatives from 50 user groups at the Second Annual User Group Summit Meeting in November, 1987, and was unanimously approved.
The concept and operation of APCUG remains true to original intent of those first meetings. Our purpose and reason for being is promotion and assistance to User Groups worldwide.
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