Member Spotlight: Nancy A. Clark-Gonzalez

May 29, 2015   Nancy A. Clark-Gonzalez is the Assistant Director of the Finance and Budget Department for Camden County, Georgia. Camden County is located in the southeastern corner of the state and includes the cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, and Woodbine. Approximately 52,000 residents live in the County which has aspirations of becoming known as America’s Gateway to Space due to its commitment to developing a successful world class spaceport and ready access to existing space...



President's Letter (Summer 2015)

As the third quarter wraps up during my term as President of GGFOA I would like to share with you all of the great things going on in our organization. As you all are aware, the board and committees have been working very diligently on rolling out the new website. We are now into the third month of the website being live and are already seeing the benefits of what this new site has to offer. If you have not had an opportunity to check it out yet I would encourage you to do so. Some of the...



Committee News Updates (Summer 2015)

Annual Conference Committee REGISTER TODAY! GGFOA will be celebrating its 30th Annual Conference this year and your conference committee has selected an ideal venue, the only oceanfront Convention Center space in the Southeast! The conference will be held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center located at 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, Georgia, 31527. The Jekyll Island Convention Center is not only beautiful; the Center is a state-of-the-art facility that will accommodate all the general...



Healthcare Reform Update - Employer Requirements Kick-In

For several years now I’ve assisted the GGFOA in getting out information pertinent to local government finance professionals on employee benefits topics, and specifically of late the federal healthcare reform law (Affordable Care Act, or ACA).  Much of the law is not relevant in the day-to-day lives of finance officers, so I’ve focused on areas that have high costs involved or compliance mandates that impact your department.  The big item this year and early next year is the Code...



Getting Ready for Redevelopment: Setting the table in your community

Getting Ready for Redevelopment:  Setting the table in your community Cheryl Thomas Strickland, Director – Public Finance Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated              As a public finance banker, I’m always happy to meet with any government officials who’d like to meet with me, and one of my favorite topics is redevelopment finance.  During initial meetings on this subject, I find that jurisdictions are at varying states of ‘readiness’ when it comes to...



New Certification Recipients

GGFOA would like to congratulate the following members who recently completed their Local Government Finance Officer Certification. Level I Recipients: Jackie Pryor – City of Hiram Level II Recipients: Cynthia Campbell – Dawson County Board of Cimmissioners Alicia Serra – City of Gainesville Dinetta Smith – City of Johns Creek Vickie Thornhill – DeKalb County Government To Learn more on how to become a Certified Local Government Finance Officer visit...



The 4th Annual Employee Health Benefits Survey is Now Open!

The GGFOA is excited to announce that you are once again invited to participate in the annual Employee Health Benefits Survey for our members!  Each year, more GGFOA members are realizing the value of benefit plan benchmarking information.  We have received very positive feedback about the survey and are excited to announce that we are providing this opportunity for our members again for the fourth consecutive year.  The results from this survey will provide a snapshot of what other...



Join CSLF for Two Free Webinars in June (Topics: Executive Education and Dynamic Scoring)

ATLANTA – The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) will host two free public finance webinars this June. The sessions will cover the center’s premier executive education program, as well as dynamic scoring, which considers how a tax change will affect economic behavior and then attempts to predict the effect of the change. Details of the webinars are below. Webinar 1 June 24, 2015: Executive Education for Public Finance Professionals This informational webinar will give an...



Register for Upcoming Training Opportunities

  Check out the upcoming webinars and training here! August 5th - What to Expect From Your Counter Parties in a Public Bond Financing - Registration CLOSED  September 9th – Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements – Registration Coming Soon! November 4th – Legislative Update – 2015 Transportation Funding Act – Registration Coming Soon! January 13th – GASB 68 – Allocation of Pension Liabilities to Financial Statements and Required Note Disclosures – Registration...



2015 GGFOA Legislative Report - Updated through April 29, 2015

The report of the 2015 – 2016 legislative session is now available for download.  To download the full report click here.



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...



Achieve Excellence in Public Finance! 2/17/2015

Achieve Excellence in Public Finance with Center for State and Local Finance’s Executive Education Program.   The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) is now registering participants for its spring executive education course, Financial Management – Accounting, Risk, Procurement, Long-Term Liabilities. The deadline to register is April 9, and classes begin April 16-17. Topics include: = Understanding generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the Comprehensive Annual...