GFOA's 118th Annual Conference Wraps Up in Orlando

Thank you to the 7,000+ attendees, including 300+ speakers, 50+ sponsors, and 200 exhibiting companies for joining us in Orlando! We hope you found this year's program inspiring, informative, and innovative and leave with new ideas to bring back to your government and community. Your enthusiasm helped make the conference a success and hopefully you made some new friends along the way!

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#GFOA2025 Call for Topics Open

Has your government implemented a best practice? Please consider sharing your case study at the GFOA's 119th Annual Conference, June 29-July 2, in Washington, D.C. Almost all GFOA speaking panels include practitioners who can discuss current trends, best practices, and issues at the state or local government level.

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Apply to Serve on a GFOA Standing Committee

Leading in these unprecedented times is now more important than ever for public finance officers. An excellent opportunity for GFOA members to contribute their experience and knowledge to the entire membership is by serving on a standing committee. GFOA's six standing committees typically meet twice each year and develop best practices, advisories, and policy statements for the approval of the Executive Board and membership. The application deadline is July 26.

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Why GFOA is Rethinking Financial Reporting

In a time of decreasing trust in government, we should ask if lengthy, technical financial reports published many months in arrears are the most effective way to build trust with government’s most important constituency: citizens. In a time of declining resources, we should ask if the finance officer’s time is well spent producing these reports.

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Showcase Excellence by Applying for GFOA's Awards for Excellence

Have you recently implemented new policies or programs that exemplify outstanding financial management? Showcase these programs and your government’s efforts for implementation by applying for GFOA’s Awards for Excellence. This award stresses practical documented work that offers leadership to the profession and promotes improved public finance.

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CPFO Spotlight

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Katie Sample

Katie Sample, CPFO, CPFA, MiCPT, CPFIM, is finance director/treasurer for the City of Wayne, Michigan. “During my journey through the CPFO program, I acquired a deeper understanding of topics related to public finance. The program provided valuable insights into budgeting, financial reporting, and other critical aspects of managing government finances,” she says.  

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Being a member of our community has its perks! By joining, you'll get discounted pricing on awards and training, access to leadership and volunteer opportunities, inclusion in member forums, and much more.

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Networking

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GFOA Highlights LGBTQIA+ Caucus for Pride Month

As we celebrate Pride Month, we'll be spotlighting GFOA's LGBTQIA+ Caucus affinity group. The Caucus mission is to stand for the equitable representation and participation of LGBTQIA+ financial professionals in the financial management of governments in the United States and Canada. "Part of the reason I chose a career in governmental finance was the sense of community, which is why when I saw the LGBTQIA+ Caucus forum, I was excited to join for the same sense of community," says LGBTQIA+ Caucus member Austin Mason-Joyner. Membership in the LGBTQIA+ Caucus is free and open to any active or associate GFOA member.

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Additional Resources

Awards

Our award programs recognize excellence in government finance.

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Best Practices

GFOA's best practices identify specific policies and procedures that contribute to improved government management.

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Rethinking Initiatives

We're taking a deep dive into budgeting, revenue, and financial reporting.

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Workforce Resources

Articles, research, and case studies to help governments now and in the future.

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Publications

2024 GAAFR

The 2024 edition of the GAAFR is your go-to resource for the latest accounting rules and how to implement them.

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Informed Decision-Making Through Forecasting

This publication emphasizes that overcoming these obstacles often involves simplifying techniques rather than adopting more complex ones, ensuring accessibility and integration into decision-making processes.

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