2023 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’s 117th Annual Conference, May 21–24, 2023, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Membership, Registrations, and Substitutions

Conference registration opens November 2022, please check back for registration details.

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.

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.

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, 2023.

Cancellations postmarked between April 30, 2023, and May 15, 2023, will be refunded, less a 50 percent service fee.

No refunds will be issued after May 15.

Coffee

Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 (Coffee will be available before the general sessions)

Wednesday, May 24 (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, May 22, 12:10 pm – 1:30 pm, and Tuesday, May 23, 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 May 21–34, 2023, 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.

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 117th Annual Conference, May 21‒24, 2023, in Portland, Oregon.*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 Portland on Friday, May 19, 2023, and/or Saturday, Saturday, May 20, 2023, 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.

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.

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 May 2023, 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 1, 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 1, 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, May 19, 2023, and Saturday, May 20, 2023.

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: Oregon Convention Center, 77 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97232.

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

Oregon Convention Center, 77 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97232.

More than seventy sessions will be available.

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.

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.

Exhibit Hall

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is a great way to get your company noticed beyond the Exhibit Hall floor. Click here to view this year’s opportunities and pledge form.

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.

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 May 21, 2022, in the Portland Convention Center. Enjoy appetizers and beverages and connecting with colleagues and friends. The reception is complimentary and registered attendees, guests, sponsors, and exhibitors are encouraged to attend.

Yes, stay tuned for more details

About Portland

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

Springtime visitors to Portland will experience mild weather, averaging in the sixties and seventies.  For the latest weather information, go to weatherchannel.com.

Stop by the Travel Portland Information Booth in for recommendations and city information.

Click here for information.

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, May 24, there will be complimentary bag check available from 8:00 am to noon on the first floor of the convention center.

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