www.cvent.com/ Planner-Preferred Software for Managing Convention Registrations.
www.instantcheckmate.com/ Search Arrests, Address, Phone, etc Search records for First North.
How I did it: Signed up a year in advance then got kicked in the teeth by the ecenomic downturn. Took a Greyhound, stayed in a cheap hotel and used the metro light rail to get to the con. Had a great time.
Lessons & tips: Plan ahead.
Resources: Ramada Inn, Phoenix Metro Light Rail and Greyhound bus.