(Chicago, Illinois – August 9, 2018) Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) will offer three separate web-stream training sessions focused on critical budgeting issues for any local government. The 3rd Annual Better Budgeting Series will feature GFOA’s best practices that help organizations allocate resources, track spending and hold staff accountable, and communicate how to leverage different staff roles to build an effective budget office (or budget function).et function).
Each course is a separate topic and stand-alone training session. Participants can attend 1, 2, or all 3 courses:
1. Creating a Budget Aligned with Community Priorities
October 4, 2018 (encore presentation: November 29, 2018) • 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
An organization’s budget needs to reflect the priorities of the community. This session will focus not only on the importance of identifying community priorities, but HOW to actually create a process that does this. The session will provide practical tips from the finance officer or budget officer’s perspective on implementing this key change with departments, elected officials, and the public.
2. Budget Monitoring
October 11, 2018 (encore presentation: December 4, 2018) • 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Budget monitoring is more than just tracking actual spending. Governments should also monitor progress towards results and create an environment of proactive response to mitigate issues before they become damaging.
3. Building a Better Budget Office
October 25, 2018 (encore presentation: December 18, 2018) • 2:00 – 3:40 pm (Eastern)
While every government has a budget, all take different approaches to creating the budget or organizing the budget function. This session will explore and debate the best way to set up and manage the budget office for a variety of different sizes and types of government.
For a speaker listing and to register for the training, visit www.gfoa.org. Early and group discounts are available. If you have more than 100 people to sign up, contact Barb Mollo, Director of Operations and Marketing, for special pricing. Participants are encouraged to become familiar with the following complimentary resources for further study:
- GFOA Budgeting Best Practices
- NACSLB: Recommended Budget Practices: A Framework for Improved State and Local Government Budgeting
Up to four continuing professional education (CPE) credits will be available for participation in the series. If you have any questions about the program, contact GFOA training.