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GFOA Newsletter
March 31, 2016
EMPLOYMENT ADS  |  TRAINING  |  BEST PRACTICES
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Monitoring Economic Development Performance

Local governments use economic development incentives to pursue goals and objectives included in their economic development policies. To ensure that these objectives are accomplished, agreements with third parties should include performance requirements to be fulfilled as a condition of the incentive. To effectively monitor economic development performance, every economic development policy should include a clearly defined performance measurement process. Jurisdictions also need to measure the performance of their economic development programs against the overall goals and objectives in their economic development policies, and report project performance and fiscal impacts for each incentive, as well as the cumulative effects. 

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Association News
GFOA’s 110th Annual Conference
Register by April 14 for Advance Registration Discount

Take advantage of a discount on your registration fee when you sign up by April 14 for GFOA’s 110th Annual Conference, Sharing Solutions and Strategies, May 22-25, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. GFOA’s Annual Conference will feature educational sessions on topics related to accounting and financial reporting, auditing, budgeting, capital planning, debt administration, economic development, pension and benefit administration, and treasury and investment management. Join us and hear leading practitioners and recognized experts in the field of public finance discuss case studies, lessons learned, and innovative approaches to addressing common challenges. Click here for more information and to register.

Maximize your benefits by taking preconference seminars. Come to Toronto a day or two early and multiply the benefits you’ll get by signing up for GFOA’s preconference seminars. This is a great opportunity to get in-depth training on topics of vital importance to finance officers.

Looking for a great way to train junior staff and save on travel expenses? Register your staff with a special one-day rate on either Monday, May 23, or Tuesday, May 24. They will have access to all conference sessions, meetings, luncheons, and exhibits held on that date.

If you have questions about the conference, go to GFOA’s FAQs or contact GFOA.


Apply for a First-Time Attendee Scholarship

First-time annual conference attendee scholarships are available for GFOA active government members who have never attended a conference. Fifty scholarships will be awarded per state and province in the order the applications are received. E-mail First Annual Conference for details and an application.


Travel Resources

  • Reserve your housing online through GFOA’s official hotel block.
  • Toronto is Canada’s largest city and the fourth largest in North America, making travel to Toronto easy.
  • Take advantage of a favorable exchange rate.
  • Don’t miss this year’s tours!
  • 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 
  • U.S. citizens driving to Toronto will need one of the following to get back into the United States: U.S. passport, passport card, enhanced driver’s license, Trusted Traveler Program card (Nexus, Sentri, Fast), U.S. Military ID card (when on official orders), U.S. merchant mariner document (when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business), or form I-872 American Indian Card. Click here for more information.
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Jurisdictions Win Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for First Time

The following jurisdictions are first-time winners of GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award: City of Monterey, California; City of Opa-Locka, Florida; Rockford Public School District No. 205, Illinois; City of Augusta, Kansas; City of Peculiar, Missouri; Bend Park & Recreation District, Oregon; City of Willow Park, Texas; City of Kyle, Texas; and Herriman City, Utah.

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News Links
Supreme Court Opinion Upholds Union Agency Fees

On March 29, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 split opinion on the most important labor union controversy in years – whether unions could levy fees on non-union workers. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, had the potential to turn public-sector labor law upside down, but this result will leave the current system of “agency fees” intact for non-union teachers in California, affirming a lower court decision that ruled in favor of the unions.

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NABL Offers Bond Program

Join the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) this May 4-6 in Chicago, Illinois, for the 2016 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar. NABL is offering the program at a reduced rate for state and local officials. The seminar offers three basic training general sessions, each designed to provide attendees with a strong understanding of the key components of municipal bond law. Attendees will have the option of attending six training sessions, and they can select from among 17 training session topics designed to build upon the materials taught in the basic training general sessions, including sessions on state law issues, leases, and the role of the Depository Trust Company. For detailed information on the seminar, view the registration brochure.

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Governments Might Be Able to Get More Out of their Existing Transportation Technology

Many jurisdictions that think they need to expand their infrastructure already have way more than they need, according to the Smart Cities Council. This is because of data and innovations that are already starting to appear, including the proliferation of mobile devices and the way they’re being used – to connect people with data and, eventually, machines and machines. The article focuses on innovations in transportation technology.

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Why You Might Want to Hire Interns

Interns often come with as many challenges as benefits – for all the help with seasonal projects, there is also the need for staff to spend time on supervision and training. But the good might outweigh the bad, according to GovLoop, which points out some hidden benefits that can affect your organization for years to come. They can bring a fresh perspective, noticing systems and functions that don’t work well and offering suggestions for untangling them. Internships also provide management experience for the staff members who oversee them, providing valuable development opportunities. Internships can also build up your organization’s talent pipeline and network.

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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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