Improve Revenue Forecasting with 2-Day Georgia State Course

The Center for State and Local Finance will host its last 2-day course of the year in April. The course will focus on revenue forecasting – a challenging, but essential tool in government planning. The course is being offered at a new reduced rate of $350. This is to ensure more government employees seek professional development to help enhance their careers. Forecasting Course Details: Class Dates: April 19-20 Deadline: April 5 Cost: $350 Location: Georgia State University...



There’s Still Time to Improve Your Debt Management

The Center for State and Local Finance will offer its debt management training Jan. 24-26. But, the deadline is quickly approaching on Jan. 9. The course is being offered at a new, reduced price: $500. The instructor for the three-day course is Bart Hildreth, a professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and a former member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. In addition to the debt class, here are several other courses and dates to keep in mind: Treasury and...



Register Today: Learn Government Accounting from Experts at Emory University, S&P Global, State of Georgia and More!

ATLANTA – The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) will host an exceptional line-up of state and local accounting experts during its next training, Government Financial Statements and Accounting. The course will be held March 7-10 at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta, Ga. Usha Rackliffe, assistant accounting professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, is the lead instructor. Rackliffe previously taught at Georgia State University’s...



Government Leadership Course at Georgia State University

The Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University will host its executive education leadership course on Feb. 6-8. The course helps equip professionals with the tools they need to be effective public sector leaders. Whether in state or local government, participants will come away with knowledge to successfully influence others, interact with elected officials, and oversee team members. CPE credits also are available. Previously, guest speakers included Ambassador Andrew...



Georgia's Budget: The Big Picture

Georgia’s fiscal year 2017 budget stands at $23.7 billion in state funds. How the state plans to spend – and raise – that money is perhaps one of the most important parts of the state legislative process. The state has benefited from some above trend growth, as well as new transportation revenues, and it is expected to go into fiscal year 2018 with around $1.9 billion in reserves. But, what does that really mean for the state government overall? Now that state agency budget...



Build a Better Budget with CSLF's Next Public Finance Course

The budget process is one the most laborious, yet important parts of government work. Once adopted the budget morphs into a policy document that communicates a city’s or county’s initiatives and priorities to employees and the public. On Nov. 1-4, the Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) will host its Operating and Capital Budgeting course for city and county leaders who want to enhance this process. The course dives into how to effectively and strategically plan and develop the...



Former D.C. Mayor Tony Williams to be Executive Education Guest Speaker

Anthony "Tony" A. Williams, a two-term mayor of Washington, D.C., will be guest speaker for the Center for State and Local Finance's leadership training in May. Williams served as D.C. mayor from 1999-2007. He had previously served as the District's chief financial officer. He is widely credited with turning around the District's distressing budget troubles and bringing in new investments. In 1997, Governing magazine named him "Public Official of the Year." In 2012, he took the helm...



Upcoming Public Finance Trainings in Risk Management and Leadership

Distinguished public finance experts have been one of the hallmarks of the Center for State and Local Finance’s (CSLF) executive education program since its inception more than a year ago. Leaders in both the public and the private sector have taught or served as guest speakers and panelists. In March and May, for which registration is now open, CSLF’s experts for trainings, will include:         Joel Gottlieb, former chief financial officer of DeKalb County, who will...



GGFOA announces a new scholarship for CPFM program

GGFOA is now offering a new Certificate in Public Financial Management (CPFM) Scholarship!   This scholarship will pay for two of the three-day courses in the CPFM program offered through the Center for State and Local Finance.    Criteria for this scholarship: Applicant must be a current GGFOA member and have been continuously a member for the past five years. Applicant must have completed one course in the CPFM program.* Applicant must have completed Level I Finance Officer...



Center for State and Local Finance Launches Year Two of Executive Education Program

ATLANTA – The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) is launching the second year of its executive education program with a series of six courses tailored for chief financial officers and those who aspire to be chief financial officers, and registration is now open. The three- and four-day classes focus on the strategic thinking and analytic skills that public finance leaders need to move into the C-Suite. Participants may take individual courses, or complete all six to receive...