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 Concurrent Sessions and Discussion Groups


Budget and Financial Planning

Concurrent Sessions

Revenues at Risk:  Funding Services in an Adverse Environment

A changing economy, policy decisions by higher levels of government, and citizen resistance to taxes all contribute to an uncertain revenue outlook for local governments.  Governments have responded by implementing a wide variety of taxes and fees to balance budgets. Speakers at this session will discuss their experiences in developing new sources of revenue.

Sunday, June 15, 2008 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Combined presentation slides 

Moderator: Ari J. Sky, Budget Officer, Loudoun County Government, Leesburg, VA
Speakers: Deborah Bond, Acting Finance Director, City of Gresham, OR

Eric Schertzing, Treasurer, Ingham County, Mason, MI 

Foundation for the Future:  Setting Infrastructure Priorities

There is no one-size-fits-all formula for finding the “right” balance between spending for operations and spending for infrastructure; each community must make this important policy decision for itself.  But there are priority-setting tools that can help.  Presenters at this session will describe decision tools that have worked in their jurisdictions, including new technologies, to set spending priorities.

Sunday, June 15, 2008 / 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm


Combined presentation slides

Moderator: Marcia Maurer, CFO, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Mather, CA
Speakers: Margaret Browne, President, MVBrowne & Associates, Denver, CO

Steve Wyton, Manager, Asset Management City of Calgary, AB 

Rational Budget Cutting

Quick fixes for balancing budgets are typically short term and may ultimately do more harm than good.  This session will present strategic, results-focused methods for budget balancing that do not just postpone problems until the next budget year.   Presenters from governments who have successfully implemented rational budget balancing will share their stories.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 10:25 am – 12:10 pm


Combined presentation slides

Moderator: Linda Cramer, Finance Director, County of Chatham, Savannah, GA
Speakers: Michael G. Massiah, Director of Management and Budget, Port Authority of NY and NJ, NY

Mickie Pearsall, Lead Management and Budget Analyst, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Milwaukee, WI

Larry Spring, CFO, City of Miami, FL

Planning for Financial Sustainability

Long-term financial planning is a strategic tool for achieving financial sustainability. Speakers at this session will present the steps involved in long-term financial planning and will provide tips on analyzing your current financial environment, finding good sources for revenue projection assumptions, and generating interest in long-term planning among elected officials and operating departments.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 1:25 pm – 3:05 pm


Combined presentation slides

Moderator: Roger Rosychuk, Finance Branch Manager, City of Edmonton, AB
Speakers: Chris Fabian, Senior Budget Analyst, Jefferson County, Golden, CO

Robert Goehrig, Budget and Strategic Planning Manager, City of Coral Springs, FL

Jon Johnson, Director of Budget and Analysis

Shayne Kavanagh, Senior Manager, Research and Consulting, Government Finance Officers Association, Chicago, IL

Beyond Department-by-Department Budgeting:  How to Budget for Outcomes

Although aligning spending with objectives and strategies is a basic tenet of performance budgeting, few governments are able to overcome the traditional “smokestack” approach of budgeting by organizational unit rather than by strategy.   “Budgeting for Outcomes” tackles this limitation and provides a structured process for funding activities and programs deemed most likely to achieve desired results.  Speakers from governments who have used this approach will present their stories.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 3:20 pm – 5 pm


Combined presentation slides  

Moderator: Thomas F. Kuehne, Finance Director/Treasurer, Village of Arlington Heights, IL
Speakers: Marcia Arnhold, Finance Director, Mesa County, Grand Junction, CO

Thomas Moss, Chief Operating Officer, The Public Strategies Group, St. Paul, MN

Frances McAskill, Director of Financial and Strategic Planning, Polk County, Bartow, FL


Using Performance Data to Improve Results:  New Technologies That Work

Governments gather many kinds of performance data.  The big challenge is to build the capability to apply the data to solving problems and improving performance.  This session will provide information on software systems designed to collect, organize, and analyze performance data. Speakers will discuss how their governments have used these systems to evaluate services and make spending decisions.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 10:15 am – 11:55 am


Combined presenation slides

Moderator: Casey Srader, Budget Manager, City of Plano, TX
Speakers: Jim Ferguson, General Manager, Information Technology, County of Sarasota, FL

Paul W. Taylor, Chief Strategy Officer, Center for Digital Government, Folsom, CA

Christopher Thomas, State and Local Government Industry Manager, ESRI, Redlands, CA

Building a Performance Management Framework: An Open Forum on the National Performance Management Advisory Commission
The GFOA and nine other public-sector professional associations have joined forces to develop a comprehensive, principles-based framework for public-sector performance management. Attend this session to hear about the commission's progress, provide feedback, share your experiences, and learn about ways to become more involved in this important initiative. The framework developed by the commission will not impose a specific system or standard and is intended to accommodate many approaches of to performance management. Come to this session and share your views with the commission on current issues and hot topics with performance management and hear tips on successfully implementing and sustaining a performance management system. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 1:55 pm – 3:35 pm


Combined presentation slides

Speakers:  Christina Altmayer, National Performance Management Advisory Commission

Anne Spray Kinney, Director, Research and Consulting Center, Chicago, IL

Robert O’Neill, Executive Director, ICMA, Washington, DC

Saving by Sharing:  Tools for Intergovernmental Service Provision

Intergovernmental service sharing is especially relevant in today's fiscal environment.  This session will discuss the three key phases involved in successful intergovernmental service sharing and provide proven methodologies for executing each phase.  Speakers will also describe successful service sharing examples from their jurisdictions.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 / 8:30 am – 10:10 am


Combined presentation slides  

Moderator: Dr. Betty J. Meyer, Deputy City Manager, City of Chesapeake, VA
Speakers: John Backman, Executive Director, eCityGov Alliance, Bellevue, WA

David Dise, Director, Office of Procurement, Montgomery County, Rockville, MD

Kathleen Hall, Chief Deputy, Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller, Omaha, NE

A Role for Citizens in Measuring and Managing Performance?

Why do governments involve citizens in performance measurement and management?  Does citizen involvement improve results?  This session explores these questions, focusing on successful techniques for involving citizens in deciding what to measure, what targets to set, and how to communicate results.  

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 / 10:25 am – 12:05 pm


Combined presentation slides

Speakers: Don Giancoli, Community Development Agency Director, City of Lauderhill, FL

Heather Johnston, Director of Management and Budget, City of Minneapolis, MN

Anne Spray Kinney, Director, Research and Consulting Center, Government Finance Officers Association, Chicago, IL 


Discussion Groups

Performance Measurement and Management Tools

Attend this discussion group to exchange information on who is doing what to measure and manage performance.  Findings from the GFOA’s Performance Management Initiative on systems such as balanced scorecard, stat system, cascading, cooperative benchmarking, budgeting, and reporting will be discussed.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 3:50 pm – 4:50 pm


Discussion Leader: Edward L. Long, Deputy County Executive/CFO Fairfax County Government Fairfax, VA 

Budget Documents that Make the Grade

Schools are a vital component of local government. School district budget documents can be a useful tool for presenting pertinent information to the community. This discussion session, featuring examples from GFOA’s new publication, Preparing High Quality Budget Documents for School Districts, will focus on and highlight GFOA budget award criteria and specific lessons to be learned, as well as common errors to be avoided in preparing budget documents.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 3:50 pm – 4:50 pm


Discussion Leader: John Fishbein, Senior Manager, Technical Services Center, Government Finance Officers Association, Chicago, IL