OPB Director Teresa MacCartney, GMA's Kay Love to Speak at Leadership Training

Teresa MacCartney, director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB), and Kay Love, municipal operations consultant at Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), will be guest speakers at the Center for State and Local Finance’s leadership training in August. The training is part of center’s in-depth public finance program at Georgia State University. All levels of government, including current and aspiring leaders, are welcome to register for the leadership training....



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...



Government Training: Retirement, Risk Management and Procurement on May 17-19

Operational expenses and unexpected legal liabilities can significantly impact the financial health of any organization. The Center for State and Local Finance’s May course, Retirement, Risk Management and Procurement, will help you fine-tune your practices, so that your department, agency or public authority stays prepared for any challenges. The course will focus on best practices in contracting and procurement, management of pension and post-employee benefit costs, and other...



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...



The NE Georgia Chapter of GSCPA will host CPE Day on November 10, 2016

The Northeast Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA) will host a CPE event on November 10, 2016, at the Gainesville campus of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The event will offer 7.5 hours of CPE, 5 of which will qualify for YellowBook requirements. Please RSVP by November 4th. Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Registration at 8:00am) EST Location: Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Gainesville campus 1911 Sweetbay...



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...



CSLF to offer Debt Management Course September 21-23, 2016

Bad debt choices can affect the fiscal health of a jurisdiction — and the people who live, work and attend schools in them — for many generations to come. With the Center for State and Local Finance’s next training in debt management, participants will gain insight on helping their government or agency avoid financial pitfalls. The course will be held Sept. 21-23 at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In the three-day class participants will hone...



Revenue Forecasting, Cost Analysis Added to CSLF Public Finance Training

The Center for State and Local Finance has added two-day special sessions covering a range of public finance topics to its 2016-2017 executive education program.  Classes include: Forecasting -- This class covers revenue forecasting techniques and application. Dates: June 16-17. Deadline: June 9. Cost Analysis -- This class introduces students to concepts, data and skills needed to perform cost analysis. Dates: Aug. 11-12. Deadline: Aug. 4. In addition, CSLF's series...



Navigating a Changing Rate Environment

By Ron Shelby, Center for State and Local Finance The Federal Reserve implements monetary policy in the United States through various tools at its disposal. One of the most important for local and state governments is the Federal Open Market Committee’s setting of the Federal Funds rate. This is the rate at which member institutions lend money to each other overnight. Its importance trickles throughout the economy impacting how much depositors receive from money market, checking and...



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...



Governmental Accounting Experts to Lead CSLF's Next Public Finance Training

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 Jan. 12-15 at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta, Ga.   Paul Glick, chief financial officer for Harris County, Ga., is one of two lead instructors. A principal of Glick Consulting Group, he conducts financial management training courses...



Local Finance Officer Certification Program - Register for Upcoming Classes!

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is now accepting registrations for the Local Finance Officer Certification Program for FY 2016.  Local finance officers will enhance their knowledge of governmental accounting principles and learn how to implement sound financial practices. Please visit http://www.cviog.uga.edu/localfinance to view the course descriptions, class schedule, and registration information.  Classes offered in FY 2016 include: Level I Capital Improvement Program Debt...