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2021 Annual Conference: COVID-19 Statement

The Georgia Government Finance Officers Association has been monitoring the increase in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and after careful consideration, has decided to move forward with the 36th Annual Conference at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort on October 3-6, 2021. The health and safety of our attendees remains the priority for GGFOA, and our plans for the in-person conference include precautions and protections. Please know we are committed to hosting our conference in...



GGFOA Conference Registration Open July 14 - September 3, 2021

GGFOA’s 36th Annual Conference will be held October 3 – 6, 2021 at the beautiful Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia. Registration is open July 14 – September 3, 2021, with early bird registration rates available through August 15th! This year's conference promises to be educational, engaging, and fun! It's an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, learn new skills, and network with other government professionals. You can earn up to 16.8 hours of CPE credit or 14 contact hours by...



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...