On January 28 and 29, 200 GFOA Standing Committee members gathered together for our annual Winter Meeting in Washington DC to work on best practices and to advocate for preserving and strengthening the municipal bond - #BuiltByBonds
On Monday, standing committees spent the entire day developing and enhancing GFOA’s best practices and resources on the critical topics of interest to our members. Several notable speakers addressed our group including Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4), Joe Mysak, Author and Bloomberg’s Editor of Bloomberg Brief: Municipal Market, and , Aruna Kalyanam, Chief Counsel of the Ways and Means committee.
On Tuesday, GFOA members led over 60 meetings on Capitol Hill, at the US Treasury, FEMA, the Investment Company Institute and the DC Government. Our members presented GFOA policy positions in all of these meetings while gathering intelligence on work that will be occurring this year that is of interest to state and local governments. On the Hill, GFOA members asked their Congressional representatives to join the House Municipal Finance Caucus and for their commitment to reinstate advance refunding municipal bonds.
To assist with these efforts, GFOA members distributed the brand new GFOA resource documents –
- The “Primer” – this resource, which has been updated from 1999 in conjunction with 43 issuer organization partners, details the municipal bond market now and the policy history that has led us to today
- GFOA Issue Brief explains our policy positions with data on current issues in Congress today, including infrastructure
- GFOA Funding piece outlines the critical financial partnership between the federal, state and local governments to provide infrastructure to citizens
Thanks to all for making this meeting a great success!