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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
Ferrara Theater
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
City of Mesa, AZ
Speaker
Budget & Finance Director
City of Glendale, AZ
Speaker
Senior Manager, Research
GFOA
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
City of Longmont, Colorado

To operate sustainably, governments have to maintain adequate levels of fund balance to effectively mitigate and manage current and future risks. In this session, attendees will learn how to establish a formal policy for a restricted and unrestricted fund balance and will review examples of effective financial policies. Speakers will discuss different strategies for determining the appropriate levels of fund balance, compare policies from various types of governments in different situations, and review GFOA's best practice statements. Attendees will walk away from this session with a collection of fund balance policy strategies to bring back to their organization.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
221-228
Moderator/Speaker
Senior Manager
GFOA
Speaker
Budget Director
City of Kansas City, MO
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
City of Carrollton
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Surprise, AZ

How transparent is your government? GFOA has long advocated for transparency in financial reporting. For governments, this means reporting to a variety of various stakeholders each with unique needs and interests. In this session, speakers will provide their lessons learned and experiences in communicating financial information through a comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), popular annual financial report (PAFR), website dashboard, social media, or other tool. Speakers will also discuss how to engage stakeholders, be proactive with communication efforts, and the benefits to your government of doing so.