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GGFOA 34th Annual Conference
Anchored in Excellence

GGFOA is excited to celebrate our 34th Annual Conference and your Conference Committee has selected an ideal venue, the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel. The conference will be held September 29 - October 2, 2019 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel located at 100 General McIntosh Blvd, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

Although the Savannah Marriott Riverfront and Homewood Suites Hotel are both fully booked, additional overflow hotels are available and reservation details can be found in the online Conference Brochure.

Registration is scheduled to close September 6, 2019.

Register online and pay with a credit card or Download the mail-in registration form. Once complete, mail the form with your check to the address on the form.

We are grateful for the support of all sponsors. Click here for a list of our 2019 sponsors. Thank You!

We will kick the conference off with Cocktail Connections which will provide a great networking opportunity for our attendees and exhibitors. Drink tickets for Cocktail Connects are provided courtesy of SunTrust.

GGFOA’s 34th Annual Conference, “Anchored in Excellence,” is sure to be one to remember! Participants can earn a total of 17.4 CPE credits this year. Monday will commence with our general sessions: Legislative Update, Accounting & Auditing Update, and the Economic Outlook. Monday afternoon is full of informative breakout sessions and activities.

If golf is your game, Atlanta Retirement Partners is generously sponsoring golf at the Southbridge Golf Club. Maybe your idea of fun is a little more supernatural. Explore Savannah’s haunted past on the Savannah Slow Ride Boos Cruise. A new activity this year is Painting with a Twist! Bring your favorite beverage and create a unique work of art.

Tuesday will be a full day of breakout sessions including GGFOA’s Annual Business Meeting.

On Tuesday night, Casino Night is back! We’ll also have a DJ in the house to provide music to keep the party going, and some fun games to play so you can let your hair down and have a ball! Mauldin & Jenkins will sponsor beverages for the evening.

Hope to see you there!


Hello GGFOA Friends!

Our Wednesday’s News You Can Use sessions continue to be a great success! These sessions are a great way to earn CPE and stay up to date with the latest changes in governmental accounting, auditing, financial reporting, and best practices in government finance. If you missed last month’s session, “Social Security and The Government Employee,” you missed a fantastic session. Jackie Deckman with Atlanta Retirement Partners did an amazing job with this topic. If you missed the event, please access this and other events from the education and training page of the GGFOA website at the following link:

Save the Dates for Future Wednesday’s News You Can Use Webinars

  • September 11, 2019: GASBS 91: Conduit Debt Obligations
  • January 29, 2020 – TBD
  • March 18, 2020 – TBD
  • April 29, 2020 – TBD
  • June 17, 2020 – TBD

Don’t Forget the GGFOA Library of Resources

Webinars -

Members have free access to all previously recorded Wednesday’s News You Can Use Sessions at the following link:

GGFOA Tutorials

Members have free access to online tutorials that cover a broad range of topics from fund accounting and measurement focus to the role of strategic budgeting in service delivery and setting the millage rate.

You can access the free tutorials at the following link:

If you have a topic that you would like to see added to the list for a future session, please contact John Hulsey,


The Fall 2019 GGFOA Newsletter will be distributed by the middle of November.


The legislation is out, so there’s no report at this time.


As of August 19, 2019, GGFOA has the following members:

Regular Members 691
Associate Members 102
Student Members 5
Educator Members 1
Retirees 3

Total Members 802

The Membership Committee will continue to promote and recruit more members. GGFOA continues to grow tremendously.


Congratulations to the following 2019 Scholarship Recipients:

Certificate in Public Financial Management (CPFM) Scholarship:
Shenandra Usher, Accountant, City of Decatur

Jim Pehrson Conference Scholarship:
Erin Decker, Assistant County Clerk, Banks County Board of Commissioners
Steven Mayfield, Budget and Grant Analyst, Forsyth County

GGFOA Leadership Academy Scholarship:
Ashlan Troutman, Assistant Finance Director, City of Covington

Level 1 Certified Finance Officer Scholarship:
Heather Bayer, Accounting Division Manager, City of Garden City
James Jefferson, Finance Director, City of Rincon
Kamaria Powell, Accountant, City of Norcross

Level 2 Certified Finance Officer Scholarship:
Miranda McDowell, Finance Manager, Pickens County Sheriff's Office

Annual College Scholarship:
David Jordan Boyd, Full time grad student, MPA program at UGA

Support GGFOA’s Scholarships!

Please purchase a raffle ticket to help support GGFOA’s 9 scholarships. See below for prize details. Tickets will be sold during the annual conference, but if you would like a ticket in advance or can’t attend the conference, please email Susan Van Nus:

The Scholarship Committee will also be holding a Silent Auction during the conference in order to raise Scholarship funds.


At the June board meeting, the Technical Resources Committee presented a new contract from our website developer, which included increases in monthly website maintenance charges and a proposal for developing functionality that will give GGFOA administrators the ability to enter check payments into the system. The board voted to approve the contract if suitable contract terms and a termination agreement could be established. After consulting with an attorney serving on GGFOA’s board, the committee approached the website developer about the items needing clarification. A final vote was taken by email, and all board members voted unanimously to approve the contract.