ASTD's new Professional Partner program is creating buzz in the training and development industry. Three new companies have joined the recently launched program - a new initiative designed to increase training professionals' awareness of the many tools and resources available to them that help to advance the profession, and encourage employee learning and development in organizations.

The new partners committed to connecting with the ASTD community are:

National Conference Center, one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated meeting facilities in the world, The National Conference Center creates a friendly, manageable meeting and learning environment for every group. Conference rooms and guest rooms are grouped together in self-contained wings, providing an individual meeting community for participants. The National Conference center combines the advantages of a powerful infrastructure with the conveniences of an intimate environment.

Hogan Assessment Systems, Inc. is a research-based consulting firm that uses personality assessments to help companies select employees, develop leaders, and identify talent.

Development Dimensions International helps the most successful companies around the world close the gap between where their businesses need to go and the talent required to take them there. DDI partners with companies providing a comprehensive yet practical approach to talent management that ensures a close connection of its solutions to client strategies.

ASTD Professional Partners have made a commitment to provide service and content to ASTD members and learning professionals, and will be featured in T+D, online at ASTD.org, and at various ASTD events throughout the year.