Budgeting Best Practices: Communicating the Budget

Training Type: 
Live Class
Date and Time: 
Mar 9 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm  MDT

Albuquerque, NM (Hyatt Regency Albuquerque)

330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
United States
Field of Study: 
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General familiarity with government budget documents

Director of Finance/Information Technology
City of Lake Forest, Illinois
Who Will Benefit: 

This session will benefit those in the public sector tasked with communicating financial information through reports, documents and presentations.

Program Description: 

Using GFOA’s budget award guidelines as a primer, this course examines the different ways governments can communicate financial/budgetary information in more meaningful ways to their respective communities.  Many communities treat the budget document as the single, most important means of communication to their constituents.  This is wrong.

Communications consist of a dialogue where both parties are able to speak the same language -- not just a static, budget document.

Seminar Objectives: 
  • Understanding the fundamental concept of communicating well.
  • Understanding what is external communication.  The importance of doing it well and why it’s hard but vital to do.
  • Understanding what is internal communication.  The purpose and how it’s different than external, but just as important.
  • At a very basic level, what should a budget document include that provides helpful information while still being readable.
  • Develop a more critical eye as to what information is useful to the average reader and ways to present it.