2022 GGFOA Annual Conference

HURRICANE IAN UPDATE: GGFOA’s Annual Conference will CONTINUE AS PLANNED. Please be safe in your travels and we look forward to a great conference and seeing everyone there! Thank you! The 37th Annual Conference will be held in Jekyll Island, Georgia October 2-5, 2022. You can find the registration link HERE. The registration is available for members and exhibitors. Volunteers are needed for each of our committees, if interested please contact the Chairs of each committee. We...



2021 Annual Conference Photo Gallery

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President's Letter (Winter 2021)

GGFOA Members, Thanks to all who attended the virtual conference in October – what a great conference! The feedback we received in the conference evaluations was predominantly positive and I know those who participated learned a lot. Even though it was virtual and we missed seeing each other, many still managed to fellowship through the chat box. All in all, I would call it a great success! We are already beginning to plan for next year’s conference at Chateau Elan, where we hope...



David "DJ Dave" Lakly

Wow, what a fantastic GGFOA annual conference! Wasn’t it fun? What was your favorite part? Mine HAD to be all the cool trivia and the thrill of the mad dash to send that email with the correct answer just for a chance to get one of those gift cards! Obviously, we attended the conference for those CPEs and CEUs, but if you stop and think about it, how far would we have progressed with the virtual conference were it not for our faithful and fearless technology host? The one who kindly...



GASB Statement No. 84 and Custodial Funds

Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, significantly changes how a government reports its fiduciary funds. While some entities have already implemented this pronouncement, many entities will be implementing it in the current fiscal year, as GASB allowed a delay in implementation through GASB Statement No. 95, Postponement of Effective Dates of Certain Authoritative Guidance. Fiduciary generally means you are holding something for someone...



Thinking Through the Grant Process

Grant Writing is often thought of as an arduous process that sometimes does not bear fruit. While this is true sometimes, the strategic investment to acquire grants far outweighs the cost of getting a grant. Public Finance Managers are often tasked with finding ways to efficiently utilize scare resources. Grants provide different ways to leverage revenues to expand and increase services. For many managers the question becomes, how do I get grants to bolster my programs? You may have heard...



Coronavirus and Utilities Management

As 2020 gives way to 2021, many realize that there will be lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on local governments. Across the nation, these governments, as first responders when disasters strike, have scrambled to provide vital resources such as PPE, testing information, sites and supplies, hygiene products, mental health services, food, housing, and direct fiscal assistance. In this time of crisis, there is collective recognition of the importance of local governments to shore up...



Finding the Right ERP Provider: Five Questions to Ask

Choosing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider is a consequential decision for local governments. Much is at stake, including the financial and resource commitment to initial implementation, as well as the day-to-day functionality of dependable, user-friendly software that is the backbone of a financial system. Adding to the weight of the decision are the long-term commitment ramifications. As the Government Finance Officers Association noted in 2018: “It is...



Member Spotlight: Vita Dotson

1. What is your current job title? Budget Supervisor in the Gwinnett County Financial Services Department 2. How long have you been in the position? Since 2016 3. How did you decide to go into local government finance? I earned a degree in Business Administration and have always wanted to work with numbers. There are many occupations that involve numbers, but government finance gives a sense of community involvement in addition to working with numbers. That was important to me. I was...



Committee News (Winter 2021)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT Passing the Torch Wow! What a year! We started out thinking we’d be together at Chateau Elan only to have everything derailed by COVID-19. The fallout from that brought its own set of challenges, which we handled successfully, further exemplifying the fact that we are “Anchored in Excellence” as our 2019 conference was titled. As your former Conference Committee Chair, it was a bumpy ride (and that’s putting it lightly), but I’d have it no...



President's Letter Summer 2020

Hello everyone, I hope this newsletter finds you in good spirits. We are excited about this year’s GGFOA Virtual Annual Conference. It will be a new adventure we will chart together. This year’s theme is “2020 A Whole New World.” Registration is currently open through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s website at https://cviog.uga.edu/training-and-education/conferences/ggfoa.html, or you may click on the link from our website at https://ggfoa.org/conference. Registration...



GGFOA's Annual Conference Goes Virtual

Despite the many obstacles in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, your Conference Committee has kept the faith and kept moving forward to plan our first ever virtual conference! While we won’t be able to enjoy the beauty and splendor of Chateau Elan, we will have an unprecedented opportunity to earn more CPEs/CEUs than ever before in one conference. Scheduled to begin on October 5 and continue through October 30, we’ll have an entire month to earn all the CPEs/CEUs we can get....