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GFOA Newsletter
April 14, 2016
Register TODAY to Take Advantage of GFOA’s Annual Conference Advance Registration Discount

Sign up today, April 14, to take advantage of the advance registration discount on GFOA’s 110th Annual Conference, Sharing Solutions and Strategies, May 22-25, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Join your peers to share ideas, develop technical and managerial skills, view new products, and network with each other. View this year’s sessions and preconference seminars. Click here to register today!

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Association News
There’s Still Time to Apply for a First-Time Annual Conference 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. Please note that Ontario has reached the maximum for scholarships that can be awarded. E-mail First Annual Conference for details and an application.

If you have questions about the conference, go to GFOA’s FAQs or contact GFOA. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!    

Annual Conference Travel Resources

After you register for the conference:

  • 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 who are 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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GFOA Survey: Multicultural Coalition

What should GFOA be doing to promote diversity and increase opportunities for underrepresented groups in the public finance field? Please take this survey to contribute your thoughts.

GFOA’s Black Caucus, established in 1991, supports the aspirations and achievements of African-American public finance officers, pursues professional development opportunities for members, and sponsors projects to assist African-Americans who seek careers in government finance. This survey seeks to identify the level of interest among GFOA members in participating in a similar, broader group that would represent the interests and goals of all potentially underrepresented groups within GFOA and/or the public finance field.

Please contact GFOA’s Emily Brock with any questions.

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News Links
April Income Tax Returns Likely to Be Weak in Many States

April income tax returns are always uncertain for states, sometimes providing pleasant revenue surprises and sometimes unpleasant ones. These surprises often come at the worst time, as states are finalizing budget negotiations for the new fiscal year. These returns often are related to the stock market and capital gains in the prior year, and to estimated payments of tax. A new By the Numbers Brief from the Rockefeller Institute says both indicators suggest that this year's returns could be quite weak. Some states, particularly oil-patch states and states with legislative changes reducing taxes, could be headed for outright declines. Caution remains the watchword: All estimates for this volatile period are highly uncertain.

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Negotiating When Things Get Ugly

There are common barriers that arise during negotiations. Harvard Business Review offers tips for responding to “hardball” tactics, including not responding to ultimatums, handling new conditions after a deal has been struck, and negotiating process before substance.

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Some Jurisdictions Look to P3s to Shore up Water Infrastructure

More than 2,000 municipalities have entered public-private partnerships for all or part of their water supply systems, and more are studying the issue. Jurisdictions are looking to private capital because maintaining, operating, replacing and upgrading the nation’s water infrastructure could cost $2.8 trillion to $4.8 trillion through 2028, according to Stateline. “Money is needed for aging infrastructure, for treatment plants, for pipes. The more money you can make available, the more you can do.” These sometimes controversial P3 agreements can take many forms, some of which are outlined in the article.

See GFOA's Public-Private Partnership advisory for advice about P3s.

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

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