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....



Capital Budgeting for Climate Change

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have all become uncomfortably acquainted with risk and uncertainty. Despite the urgency of the pandemic as both a public health and financial crisis, we should not forget the smoldering threat of climate change. Local governments will be on the front lines facing down diverse climate change risks including, but not limited to, increased temperatures, changing weather patterns, sea level rise, and intensified flooding. Planning to adapt to climate...



Four Ways Tech Can Help Strengthen Civic Engagement

Four Ways to Improve Civic Engagement The community benefits of an informed citizenry are well documented. As a recent Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) report notes: “When citizens trust in government, they will be more willing to pay taxes, participate in community governance, cooperate with government officials to solve community problems, and invest in the community.” The need for connecting with community members has been especially critical during the COVID-19...



Grant Accounting

We are all familiar with the concept of basis of accounting. In governmental accounting, we use two different basis of accounting methods: modified accrual and accrual. The modified basis of accounting is used for the governmental category of funds. The proprietary and fiduciary fund categories use the accrual basis of accounting. The modified accrual basis of accounting recognizes revenue when the amount is measurable, earned, and available. Available means the amount has been received...



The Need for Compassionate Communication

Compassionate Communication Your employees have a lot on their minds these days. We’re in a year with multi-faceted, complex things happening: the COVID-19 crisis, economic instability, market volatility, and the largest civil rights discussion in half a century. As an employer, you’re really busy dealing with everything. But you also should take the time to show empathy and compassion for your employees, whether you’re communicating about your retirement plan or more broadly....



Member Spotlight: Brenda King

What is your current job title? Director of Administration How long have you been in the position? I have been employed by the City of Perry for 34 years. Fifteen years as the Director of Administration. How did you decide to go into local government finance? Upon graduating from college, I applied for a Utility Clerk I position with the City of Perry and was hired. As positions and opportunities became available, I was able to advance to where I am...



Committee News (Summer 2020)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT GGFOA 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,...



Legislative Report - August 28, 2020

GEORGIA GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION GOVERNMENT RELATIONS/STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE 2020 GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE REPORT AUGUST 28, 2020 [2019 – 2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION] Click here to download the report. Prepared by: Peter K. Floyd, Esq. Partner (Development Incentives, Energy, Infrastructure & Public Finance) Alston & Bird LLP One Atlantic Center 1201 W. Peachtree Street Atlanta, Georgia 30309 (404) 881-4510 peter.floyd@alston.com Carlos A. Encinas,...



2020 Virtual Conference Registration is Open!

The GGFOA is excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference which will be held October 5 - 30, 2020. Registration will be accepted on the Carl Vinson Institute of Government's website through September 25, 2020. Click the Conference Registration link below to register. While the virtual conference does not offer the benefit of face-to-face interaction, it does offer some great advantages over a live conference, such as convenience, value, and the...



CARES Act - Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Additional Guidance

CARES Act – Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Additional Guidance June 30 Year End Governments 8/18/20 Introduction June 30 year end governments have additional accounting complexities related to the CARES funding since the eligibility period for expenditures is March 1 through September 1 for Phase I Georgia funding, and therefore, crosses fiscal years. Due to these grant terms, it is possible that these governments will have some expenditures that were incurred before June 30 and some...



President's Letter (Spring 2020)

Hi everyone! I hope that this Spring newsletter finds you all safe and healthy. Thus far, 2020 has brought about a whirlwind of unprecedented events and changes that none of us could have possibly imagined. Over the past several months, we all have had to adjust our daily work routines and personal lives in response to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, and we are finding ways to adapt to methods that may eventually become the new normal. While we continue to practice safe social...