Conference Sessions

GFOA’s Annual Conference will include more than 75 concurrent sessions featuring leading practitioners, subject matter experts, and top researchers. Each session will contain a panel of speakers carefully selected to provide best practice guidance, discussion of current events, case studies, debate, and interactive exercises to cover a complete suite of topics pertinent for finance officers of all types and representing all forms of state and local governments. GFOA’s concurrent sessions will be organized into separate “core” tracks that focus on essential elements within public financial management. GFOA will also place an emphasis on emerging topics that provide finance officers with information critical to supporting their organizations and communities in today’s current environment.

GFOA is currently developing sessions and they will be added as they are finalized. Topic and sessions suggestions are encouraged through GFOA's call for topics.

A sampling of sessions is listed here. A complete list of sessions along with speakers and specific times for each session will be announced in January 2019.

30 Sessions


With increasing health-care costs, local governments are looking into self-funded employee health insurance. What does being self-funded mean and what does it entail? This session will feature speakers that have adopted this cost containment strategy, their results, and lessons learned.

Common legal roles in bond transactions are issuer counsel, bond counsel, underwriter counsel, disclosure counsel, and special tax counsel. For issuers that are infrequently in the market, distinguishing between who to

Ten years after the Great Recession, the market landscape has changed significantly for local governments. As interest rates continue to grow, local governments may begin to reevaluate their existing investment policies.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved amendments to Rule 15c-212 that will affect the entire municipal bond market. While the SEC Rules do not directly require issuers of municipal securities to adhere to

As more options for electronic payments become available, local governments may look to new technology as a way to better serve the public.