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GFOA Newsletter
January 7, 2016
Financing Resilient Infrastructure
Most public finance professionals are carefully studying environmental and sustainability questions, but “getting it right” isn’t easy. One government that has begun to address these issues is Lambton Shores, Ontario. The city has adopted the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System, a free self-assessment tool that can help governments determine the social, environmental, economic, and public involvement effects of their infrastructure projects.
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Association News
Register by January 28 to Save on the Annual Conference

Sign up by January 28, 2016, to receive the early-bird discount fee on registration for GFOA’s 110th Annual Conference, Sharing Solutions and Strategies, May 22−25, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario. Go to GFOA’s website and click on the “Annual Conference” tab to register for the conference and access the brochure, reserve your housing online through GFOA’s official hotel block, and sign up for tours.

Don’t miss:

  • A rich array of concurrent sessions covering a broad range of topics that will allow you to tailor your conference experience to your needs and circumstances.
  • Special preconference sessions to explore selected topics of special interest in even greater depth. (Click here to register.)
  • General sessions with nationally recognized speakers of special interest to the public finance profession.
  • Discussion groups, networking sessions, and social events that create countless opportunities for connecting, building new relationships with peers, and cementing existing relationships.
  • More than 20 CPE credits (and even more, if you elect to participate in preconference sessions).
  • An exhibit hall where you can meet with vendors offering practical tools and solutions for a broad range of professional challenges.

If you have any questions on the conference, contact GFOA.

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Take Advantage of First-Time Conference Attendee Scholarships

GFOA strives to provide leadership to the government finance profession through education, research, and best practices, and nowhere are these efforts more apparent than at the GFOA Annual Conference. In keeping with this commitment, the GFOA Executive Board is pleased to announce that 50 scholarships will be awarded per state or province in the amount of the full-conference registration fee to first-time conference attendees who are GFOA active government members.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. To learn more and to apply, please e-mail First Annual Conference.

A First Timers brunch will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for first-time attendees to learn more about the conference, meet GFOA’s Executive Board and senior staff, and network with peers.


Don't Forget Your Passport

All delegates traveling to Toronto from the United States will need a passport. Please plan ahead; obtaining a passport can take approximately 4-6 weeks.
     Information on applying for or renewing a passport
     Information for first-time passport application

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Now is the Time to Expand Your Financial Library ─
Take 20.16% Off on All GFOA Publication Orders in January

Whether you are new to the finance profession or a career veteran, GFOA has the resources you need to meet your professional goals. Visit the GFOA’s publication webpage to check out our “must-own” publications including Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting (GAAFR), the GAAFR Supplement, and GFOA’s popular Elected Official’s Guides (recent releases include An Elected Official’s Guide: Internal Control).

GFOA publishes an extensive library of books on governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting; capital finance and debt administration; financial management and budgeting; public retirement and benefits administration; and treasury and investment management.

Download the publication titles listing and mail or fax the enclosed order form to the GFOA, or scan and e-mail the order form to GFOA Publications. Enter the promotional code GFOA2016 on the order form.

This offer expires on January 31, 2016. The discount cannot be applied when ordering online using GFOA’s e-store. Offer applies to new publication orders only and cannot be combined with any other discount.

For more information on GFOA’s publications, contact GFOA.

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Join us March 7−11 in Denver for GFOA Training Seminars

Prepare for the challenges that lie ahead and enhance your skills by participating in a series of GFOA training seminars, March 7−11, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. Save 10% on the registration fee when you sign up and pay in full by February 5, 2016.

Register for one or more of the following courses:

Register with three or more colleagues for the same seminar and get 10% off on each registration fee. (To receive this discount, please mail, fax, or scan and e-mail your registration forms and payments together. This discount cannot be applied when registering online.) Submit the training registration form or sign up online using GFOA’s e-store.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the GFOA attendees at The Curtis (a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel). Take advantage of the negotiated group rate until February 5, 2016. Click here for hotel information. For information on what to do while in Denver, go to Visit Denver. If you have any questions, contact the GFOA.

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News Links
Moody’s Launches New Comment Report for Local Government Issuers

Moody’s new research publication, the Issuer Comment Reports, assesses the most recent credit information for most U.S. local government issuers with outstanding Moody’s general obligation and related ratings. The reports present a summary of key economic, demographic, financial and operating information within the context of Moody’s ratings methodology and do not announce rating actions.

The Issuer Comment Reports will provide the bond market with updated credit information for U.S. cities (including other municipalities such as towns and villages), counties, and school districts, including for many issuers with no current or recently published Moody’s research. Many of these are small and infrequent debt issuers, but they have ratings that Moody’s reviews annually.

The new reports will also benefit issuers because they provide them with a single reference source for their Moody’s general obligation (and related) ratings, annually updated research on their credit, and updated economic and demographic data used in Moody’s local government general obligation methodology.

If you have any questions regarding this new research report, please contact either Chandra Ghosal or Brien Wigand.


Bond Buyer Presents National Outlook 2016 Conference

The Bond Buyer’s National Outlook 2016 Conference, scheduled for January 26, 2016, at the Metropolitan Club, New York, New York, will close the chapter on 2015 and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities awaiting the U.S. municipal market in 2016. The experts will provide their takes on what the new president’s infrastructure agenda should be in 2017 and discuss expected levels of interest rates and of bond issuance in 2016.

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Will Public-Sector Collective Bargaining Survive This Supreme Court Term?

We won’t know for sure whether public-sector collective bargaining will survive the current Supreme Court term until the end of June 2016, when the court will most likely issue its opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. We may have a better idea, however, after the court hears oral argument on January 11. The State and Local Legal Center will discuss the legal issues in this case and what’s at stake for state and local governments if the Supreme Court rules that public-sector “agency shop” arrangements are unconstitutional at its Will Public Sector Collective Bargaining Survive This Supreme Court Term? webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, at 1 p.m. (Eastern). The webinar is free.

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Editor: Marcy Boggs  |  Executive Director/CEO: Jeffrey Esser

The GFOA Newsletter (ISSN 1051-6964) is published weekly by
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