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Sessions for Monday, July 12
No capital planning and asset management sessions for July 12
Sessions for Tuesday, July 13
Finance Officers are from Mars, Engineers are from Venus
Effective collaboration between finance officers and engineers is essential to implement your capital program and build and maintain the infrastructure that is necessary to a thriving community. Collaboration encourages thoughtful planning, well-designed projects, and cost effective solutions. Yet, finance officers and engineers often have different ways of approaching challenges and this can impede collaboration. This session examines how finance officers, engineers and other local government leaders, can improve results, build better relationships, and help build more sustainable organizations.
Sessions for Wednesday, July 14
No capital planning and asset management sessions for July 14
Sessions for Thursday, July 15
No capital planning and asset management sessions for July 15
Sessions for Friday, July 16
No capital planning and asset management sessions for July 16
Sessions for Monday, July 19
No capital planning and asset management sessions for July 19
Sessions for Tuesday, July 20
Life Cycle Costing: Promoting Long-Term Thinking and Equitable Distribution of Resources in Asset Maintenance
The acquisition cost of an asset is just a portion of the total cost of owning it. Ongoing maintenance significantly adds to that cost. Moreover, failure to keep up with asset maintenance can result in premature deterioration, an increased risk of failure, and higher total costs. Life cycle cost analysis helps guard against these risks by considering the entire cost of owning the asset over its entire life. In this session, you will see how life cycle costing can help governments make smarter, more cost-effective, and geographically equitable spending decisions, and how you can get started in implementing this approach in your organization.
More than a Buzzword: Understanding Equity in Budgeting
The term "equity" continues to be mentioned often involving discussions on a host of topics in our society, communities, and governments. But what does equity actually mean in terms of provision of governmental services and how does this impact the budget? Equity-driven initiatives are and will be very different from one community and organization to the next. However, common themes have emerged in both the definition of equity and how to overcome common challenges. This session will focus on the finance officer's role in making more equitable financial decisions related to both revenues and expenses.
Sessions for Wednesday, July 21
Bye Bye Backlogs: Strategic Capital Asset Management
Every government manages capital assets, but many governments inadequately fund their ongoing maintenance and lack the data needed to manage assets optimally. Failure to manage assets effectively can result in ballooning deferred maintenance backlogs at best and catastrophic asset failure at worst. This session describes how each community can take a more strategic approach to capital asset management, based on case study examples from local governments that are considered leaders in the field. The session will address how the Finance Department should work with other stakeholders, the key competencies you need to build in your organization, and how to remedy common capability gaps.