GFOA Announces First Annual Better Budgeting Web-Stream Event

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Budgeting is at the very core of local government finance, where it functions as a practical tool for setting policy, establishing priorities, promoting effectiveness and efficiency in operations, and ensuring both financial and programmatic accountability. Budgeting can only be as effective as the budget professionals who make it all happen. Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) First Annual Better Budgeting web-streaming event on October 6, 2016, with an encore presentation on January 12, 2017, 2:00−4:00 p.m. (Eastern) is designed to equip those on the front lines of local budgeting to do an even better job meeting the many practical challenges they must face from day to day and from year to year.

The First Annual Better Budgeting web-stream event will offer practical advice on how to:

  • Improve the process of budgeting for salaries and wages;
  • Better assess the potential impact of changes in service level;
  • Make better decisions on the appropriate levels of fees and charges;
  • Create a truly effective capital budgeting process;
  • Design more effective measures of performance; and
  • Set up a long-term planning process.

The training will use the latest video and audio streaming technology and will combine lecture, panel discussion, and examples. John Fishbein and Mike Bailey will be the presenters:

  • John Fishbein is aSenior Program Manager in GFOA’s Technical Services Center. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program and is the author of GFOA’s recent publication Building a Better Budget Document. He serves as staff to GFOA’s standing Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy. John has almost thirty years of governmental budgeting experience.
  • Mike Bailey has worked in local government finance since 1980 and is currently the Finance Director with the City of Redmond. He has served as president of the Washington Finance Officers Association and the state representative for the Government Finance Officers Association. Mike was on GFOA’s Executive Board from 2009 to 2011. He is a CPA and has been a GFOA budget reviewer for almost two decades.

For more information and to register, visit Group discounts are available. If you have more than 100 people to sign up, contact Barb Mollo, Director of Operations and Marketing, at 312.977.9700 or email for special pricing. Two continuing professional education (CPE) credits will be available for each participant. If you have any questions about the program, contact GFOA at