Virtual Conference Networking Sessions

Below are the current networking sessions for GFOA's Virtual Conference.

The Evolving World of Utility Finance

Utilities have faced increased pressure as moratoriums put in place last year have constrained budgets. As essential services, utilities have had to continue and continue to do so while adhering to public health measures that added to operating costs. Join the Utility Finance Forum for this session featuring an expert panel to review the continuing operating challenges that public utilities face and an outlook for the year ahead.

Date and Time: July 14, 2 p.m. (Eastern)

Small Government Forum (SGF) Resource Round Table

Small governments provide unique experiences for finance officers, often requiring them to wear multiple hats and balance scarce resources with limited financial capacity. The proximity between finance officers and the residents they serve is also typically less within small communities than larger communities, making things like public trust, transparency and open communication critical. For this event, the Small Government Forum will be providing an update on their activities in 2020, and a preview on what’s to come in 2021. This will be followed directly by three concurrent roundtable discussions on Debt Issuance, Managing Economic Development Projects, and Staff Development within small governments. These resource roundtables will to allow public finance officers working in small governments to ask questions, hear from their colleagues, and share their experiences and resources they’ve used in the past.

Date and Time: July 14, 4 p.m. (Eastern)

GFOA Black Caucus Annual Business Meeting

Join us for GFOA’s Black Caucus 2021 Annual Business Meeting. Established in 1991, the mission of the Caucus is to support the aspirations and achievements of African-American public finance officers; to pursue professional development opportunities for Caucus members; and to sponsor projects to assist African Americans seeking careers in government finance. In addition to an update and recap of the Caucus’s activities, attendees will also hear from a guest speaker who will provide career insight.

Date and Time: July 15, 4 p.m. (Eastern)

WPFN Business Meeting & Networking Event

The focus of GFOA's Women's Public Finance Network (WPFN) is to foster the careers of women in public finance through education, networking, and mentoring opportunities. Join WPFN for its annual business meeting as we celebrate on the past year, welcome the 2021-2022 officers, and meet fellow women and allies in public finance.

Date and Time: July 19, 4 p.m. (Eastern)

Large and Complex: The Challenges of Today’s Urban Governments

Large urban governments are facing a new set of challenges, such as citizens raising questions on equity and businesses and residents exploring options outside the urban core in today’s evolving remote environment. These challenges have implications in how large governments operate. What’s a finance officer to do? During this networking event, attendees will have options to meet with fellow public finance officers and engage in a dialogue of the pressing issues they are facing and some potential solutions to take back to their communities.

Date and Time: July 20, 4 p.m. (Eastern)