Annual Conference FAQs

Please see the following list of Frequently Asked Questions to best assist you with the registration process and any additional questions regarding GFOA’s116th Annual Conference, June 5-8,2022, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

COVID-19

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Membership, Registrations, and Substitutions

Government Member ($555 Full)

Private Sector Member ($725 Full)

Nonmember Government ($710 Full)

Nonmember Private Sector ($1,000 Full)

Full-Time Student ($165 Full)

Retired GFOA Government Member ($50)

Only individuals listed as members of GFOA are eligible to receive the member rate, but we do allow for a one-for-one substitution for government entities if one of your members cannot attend the Annual Conference—just mark the information in section 1 on the conference registration form or email the name and complete contact information (title, government, address, email address, and phone number) of the replacement to conference@gfoa.org. It is also easy to add individuals to your government’s membership by submitting the membership application.

Membership in a state or provincial association does not transfer to national GFOA membership. GFOA members receive discounted rates, and if you join today you can take advantage of the lower member rate as well as receive $25 off your conference registration fee. Please visit GFOA’s membership webpage to read about fees and you can join by entering the new member fee on the conference registration form. If you have any questions about membership, please contact GFOA's membership department.

Each GFOA member who has used the eStore would have created a unique login and password that is different than their membership number. If you have misplaced your login and/or password information, we are happy to help you. Please contact us.

At this time groups of individuals cannot be registered together online, but please submit the group of registrations together with payment via mail, fax, or e-mail. Click here to download the group registration form.

Receive a 10 percent discount on your conference registration if three or more people from your jurisdiction are attending the annual conference (registrations must be submitted and paid together). This discount does not apply to preconference seminars. If you plan to sign up with 10 or more colleagues, contact Barb Mollo for discounted fees.

Complete the conference registration form and submit it with the group registration form.

We offer multiple ways you can register for the conference, but we do not accept registrations over the phone. Please use the method that best works for you. You can register online using GFOA’s eStore or you can submit the conference registration form (and group registration form if needed) via mail (203 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60601), fax (312.284.1224), or e-mail.

Yes, when you’re registering for the conference using GFOA’s eStore, please select the “Pay Later” option and enter “Check” and the check number in the P.O. field (i.e., Check #XXXX). Please mail your check then to GFOA, 203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60601.

Please keep a watch on your email as a copy of the confirmation and invoice will be sent to the registrant only as a PDF attachment. If you have not yet done so, please add this address to your allowed senders list to make sure you receive the confirmation.

No fee for cancellations received before April 29, 2022.

Cancellations postmarked between April 30, 2022, and May 24, 2022, will be refunded, less a 50 percent service fee.

No refunds will be issued after May 25.

Coffee

Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7 (Coffee will be available before the general sessions)

Wednesday, June 8 (Coffee will be available in the morning)

Lunch

Lunch will be provided to all registered delegates, but not to exhibitors and guests. Lunches are scheduled on Monday, June 6, 12:10 pm – 1:30 pm, and Tuesday, June 7, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

If you have received a past credit, we ask that you please complete the conference registration form to submit to GFOA. In the fee section, please reference the past credit.

The $50 registration fee for retired GFOA government members covers the registration fee to attend the Annual Conference on June 5-8, 2022, and does not include preconference seminar attendance. If you would like to attend this year’s preconference seminars, please reference the fees on the conference registration form. Please note that the fees are per seminar.

The 116th Annual Conference will be a live event only.

Yes. Click here to download the One-Day Registration Form.

First-Time Annual Conference Attendee Scholarships

GFOA encourages national GFOA active government members who are first-time conference attendees to apply. Associate (private-sector) members are not eligible for the scholarship. Membership in a state or provincial association does not transfer to national GFOA membership. If you are not an active government member of the GFOA, you can join the association using your scholarship application form—no additional paperwork required!

The scholarship will be awarded in the amount of the full-conference registration fee* to participate in the 116th Annual Conference, June 5‒8, 2022, in Austin, Texas.*Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.

The scholarship does not include registration for preconference seminars. GFOA’s preconference seminars provide an opportunity for attendees to get in- depth training on topics vitally important to finance officers. Come to Austin on Friday, June 3, 2022, and/or Saturday, June 4, 2022, and multiply the benefits you’ll get by signing up for these educational  offerings. Click here if you are interested in registering for a preconference seminar.

Thank you for applying for a past scholarship. You will need to apply again for this year’s conference by submitting the application.

Yes! We believe the in-person Annual Conference is a unique experience. Participation in the 2020 or 2021 Virtual Conference does not impact your eligibility for the scholarship.

We thank you for your past participation in the GFOA Annual Conference. One-day conference attendance is considered participation in the Annual Conference. The scholarship is awarded to GFOA active government members who will be participating in the Annual Conference for the very first time.

The scholarship is only awarded to GFOA active government members who have never attended a GFOA Annual Conference.

There is no limit on the number of applicants per agency. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship to apply.

Fifty scholarships will be awarded per state/province.

Please complete the scholarship application.

Applicants must submit a credit card valid through July 2022, which will be charged $125 ONLY if the applicant is awarded a scholarship but does not attend the Annual Conference, unless they contact GFOA to withdraw from the program by May 6, 2022(no penalty for withdrawal). GFOA will charge the $125 no-show fee to discourage anyone from taking up one of the fifty spots allotted for their state/province if they do not intend to attend the Annual Conference. If you need to cancel for any reason, please contact us so we can offer your scholarship to an applicant on the waitlist.

To help us plan ahead, we encourage you to send in your application as soon as possible. The scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 6, 2022, or until that state/province reaches its allotment of scholarships.

An application is complete when all parts of the form have been filled out and payment (credit card or check) has been received by GFOA.

A member of GFOA’s team will email you to let you know if you have been selected to  receive this year’s scholarship.

Guests

If you have any guests to register, please email their name and if they are a child or young adult under 21 to badges@gfoa.org. You may also list your guests on the conference registration form. Pre-registration of guests is free.

Please note: onsite guest registration will incur a $25/per badge fee.

It’s easy to reserve badges for your guests. You can indicate your guests on the conference registration form you submit to GFOA. You can also request additional guest badges by emailing badges@gfoa.org. If your guests are children/young adults under 21, please list their age. There is no fee to register guests or children before arriving at the Annual Conference.

Once on site, guest registration will incur a $25/per badge fee.

We encourage your guests to attend the Sunday Welcome Reception. Please go ahead and register them so they can receive a badge to access the event.

Preconference Seminars

Maximize your educational experience by participating in seminars designed so you can take a more in-depth look into current issues or topics before the conference even begins! GFOA’s preconference seminars offer a great opportunity for you to earn additional CPE credits. This year’s preconference seminars will take place on Friday, June 3, 2022, and Saturday, June 4, 2022.

Click here for details on this year’s offerings, CPE credit awarded, and to register.

Taking an afternoon session on Friday or Saturday?

An afternoon snack will be available in your session room.

Taking a morning session on Saturday?

A continental breakfast will be available in your session room.

Taking a morning and afternoon session on Saturday?

Enjoy a continental breakfast and afternoon snack in your session room, as well as a grab-and-go lunch.

The discount only applies to the Annual Conference registration fee.

They are being held at the following address: Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

Yes, there is a fee to attend each preconference seminar. (i.e., if a government member wants to attend two preconference seminars, they would pay $170 for each of those two seminars, for a total of $340, etc.)

Conference Sessions

Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701

More than seventy sessions will be available .Click here to read an overview and keep watch to the page for session descriptions to be added.

The general session begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday. Sessions conclude at 12:10 pm on Wednesday.

It is possible to earn more than 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits at GFOA’s Annual Conference. Additional CPE credits can be earned by attending one or more of GFOA’s preconference seminars.

GFOA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

No. Delegates do not need to select the sessions they want to attend in advance. View the current schedule of concurrent sessions.

Keynote presentations will focus on delivering a perspective about current events, public finance knowledge, and essential leadership skills that can benefit all finance professionals. Stay tuned to gfoa.org/conference for announcements.

Click here to view this year's session descriptions. Speakers and the full schedule will be available soon.

All attendees will receive access to session audio recordings to listen to on demand through GFOA’s learning management system (LMS). (Listening to recorded sessions are not eligible for CPE credit). Recordings will be available by July 1, 2022.

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hours

Sunday, June 5, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Monday, June 6, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Tuesday, June 7, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

*Times are tentative; watch gfoa.org/conference for updates

We encourage you to visit the Exhibit Hall for a hands-on demonstration of the latest innovations designed to save your government time and money! Check out the list of companies signed up so far.

Click here to view the exhibitor and sponsor registration form. Click here to view the exhibitor and sponsor group registration form.

The Exhibitor Badge provides access to the exhibit hall and welcome reception only. Three booth staff registrations are included with each 10x10 space.

The additional exhibitor badge fee is $295 before May 13, 2022, and $495 after May 13, 2022.

The Exhibitor/Delegate Badge provides access to all educational sessions, delegate lunches, exhibit hall, and welcome reception. The fee is $610.

If you have any changes or additions to make to your booth staff, please email conference@gfoa.org as soon as possible before the start of the conference. If you are interested in exhibiting, click here to access the contract and floorplan. If you have a company to suggest that you think would be a great exhibitor for GFOA’s Annual Conference, please email conference@gfoa.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is a great way to get your company noticed beyond the Exhibit Hall floor. Click hereto view this year’s opportunities and pledge form. If you have a custom idea, contact Barb Mollo.

Please contact Alison Simonian. Please include GFOA’s address on the certificate: Government Finance Officers Association, 203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60601.

The Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) is hosting a Golf Tournament at Grey Rock Golf & Tennis Club, on Sunday, June 5, 2022, in conjunction with GFOA's Annual Conference.

It will be a Texas Scramble with Prizes to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and “DAL” award.  Also, prizes for four closest to the pins, and long drive contest for women and men. This golf outing will have a shotgun start at 8:00 am.

 The golf outing will be raising funds for  “GFOAT Foundation Scholarship Programs,” which is a 501-C.  

Mission Statement

The Government Finance Officers Association of Texas formed a standing committee to encourage the development of government accounting and finance throughout Texas. This committee, appointed by the officers of the GFOAT, is charged with the responsibility of developing and administering the funds provided for instructional development and professionalism within the industry of government finance.

Click here to register for the golf tournament and click here to sign up as a sponsor. There are several levels of sponsorship, and if you are unable to play you can be one of the sponsors of the closest to the pins (four) contest, long drive contest (women and men), a Bubba Drive, or a Tiger Drive.

 GFOAT is also looking for a sponsor for the beverage cart or carts depending on the number of golfers.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all players.

Please reach out to the below GFOAT contacts if you have any questions:

Tony Sekaly
tony.sekaly@texasclass.com
713-502-8575

Rick Menchaca
rick.menchaca@UMB.com
512-395-5550

Martie Simpson
martie@gfoat.org
254-223-0885 

Housing

Key Bookings is the ONLY official housing company for this event and will not contact attendees directly to make a reservation. Booking through GFOA’s official housing provider will ensure that attendees receive the GFOA discounted rate and are working with a reputable company and that credit card information is secure.

For new reservations, click here. To change or cancel an existing reservation, click here.

All hotels in GFOA’s official hotel block are within walking distance of the convention center. Reserve your room today!

Airline Discounts

With lower fares, set group discounts are not available.

GFOA Events

The Welcome Reception to kick off this year’s conference on will be held on June 5, 2022, 5:00 pm– 6:30 pm in the Austin Convention Center. Enjoy appetizers and beverages and connecting with colleagues and friends while listening to the sounds of Doug Strahan and the Good Neighbors. The reception is complimentary and registered attendees, guests, sponsors, and exhibitors are encouraged to attend.

The Closing Event will take place on Tuesday, June 7, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Austin City Live. This includes dessert, beverages, music, dancing, and fun with two local bands, Shinyribs and SKYROCKET.

Tickets to the Tuesday Night Closing Event are SOLD OUT. If you're interested in attending the event, please share a message in the Annual Conference Community for GFOA members or on the conference mobile app to see if anyone is selling a ticket.

About Austin

Keep watch to gfoa.org/conference for suggested discounted attractions in Austin.

Summertime visitors to Austin will experience  warm days, averaging around ninety degrees.  For the latest weather information, go to weatherchannel.com.

Stop by the Visit Austin Information Booth in the Solar Atrium of the Austin Convention Center for recommendations and city information.

Click here for information.

Golf ATX golf courses offer a great golf experience at an affordable price. The six city-operated public golf courses and one short-practice course are centrally located and minutes from downtown Austin. Each course is unique in design and setting, and golfers of all ages and skill levels visit the Golf ATX courses to play recreationally and competitively. Golf ATX—experience a round for yourself. Reservations are taken at 7:00 am in person or by phone (see each course link for phone numbers). Tee times for weekdays are taken seven days in advance; Saturday and Sunday times are taken on the Tuesday before the weekend.

General Inquiries

We recommend wearing business casual attire and comfortable shoes.

By attending this conference, your photo is subject to be taken and used for various promotional purposes, including conference posting on social media during the event.

Stay up-to-date on current developments by visiting gfoa.org/conference.

Click here to join GFOA's Annual Conference Member Community. In this community, you'll be able to engage with fellow attendees, ask questions about the conference, and get updates leading up to Austin. This community is for active government members of GFOA. You can sign in by using your GFOA username and password.

Yes, on Wednesday, June 8, there will be complimentary bag check available from 8:00 am to noon under the 4th Street Escalator on the first floor of the convention center. (If you are facing GFOA Registration in the Solar Atrium, it will be down the hallway towards Exhibit Hall 5 across the hallway and to the left of the Hall 4 entrance doors.)

We’re happy to assist you with any additional questions you may have on this year’s event. Please contact us.