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GFOA Newsletter
May 5, 2016
GFOA’s 110th Annual Conference
The Countdown Is On! 

Thank you to those who are registered so far to attend GFOA’s 110th Annual Conference, Sharing Solutions and Strategies, May 22-25, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Conference badges and Tuesday night event tickets have started to mail this week to registered attendees.

If you need to make a change or addition to your badge, go to GFOA Registration on the 600 level of the convention center upon your arrival at the conference.

Registration times will be:

  • Saturday, May 21 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 23 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 24 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 25 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you purchased tickets for GFOA’s Conference Finale, featuring Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx – Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. –  you will find them enclosed with your mailed conference badge. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase onsite at the registration desk.

If you have not registered for the conference yet, there’s still time to sign up! Unable to attend the full conference? Interested in sending junior staff to participate? Take advantage of the one-day rate registration rate for May 23 or 24. Click here for registration information.

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

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Association News
Annual Conference Travel Resources

After you register for GFOA's annual 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.
    Click here for information on accelerated processing. 
  • 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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Learn More about the Fiscal Impacts of Land-Use Policy

Local government revenues are ultimately determined by land uses, but planning decisions about how land is used don’t usually take into account the impact they will ultimately have on the public budget. The risk is that a government might have a tax base that isn’t able to produce the revenue the government needs to provide the level of service the community wants. Fiscal Impacts of Land-Use Policy, Monday, May 23, 2016, from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. at GFOA’s annual conference in Toronto, will feature speakers who are on the cutting edge of bridging the divide between land-use planning and budgeting, including Urban3’s Joe Minicozzi, a dynamic speaker who makes presentations about the connection between land use policy and financial health.

Take a look at all the sessions being offered at GFOA’s annual conference. 

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GFOA Appoints New Director of Federal Liaison Center

Emily S. Brock has been appointed as the new director of GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center. She replaces Dustin McDonald, who left GFOA to pursue a government relations position in the marijuana industry.

Brock joined GFOA in 2015 as a senior policy advisor in the Federal Liaison Center and immediately began leading GFOA’s coalition and advocacy efforts in the areas of public pension, health-care reform, and Internet sales tax, as well as other federal preemption legislation. In so doing, Emily serves as the liaison between GFOA, our members, Congress, federal departments and agencies, and self-regulatory organizations.


Register by June 17 to Save on July Training in Columbus

Many variables face today’s finance officer. Prepare for the challenges ahead and enhance your skills by participating in a series of GFOA training seminars, July 18−22, 2016, at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Save 10% on the registration fee when you sign up and pay in full by June 17, 2016.

Plan on attending one or more of the following courses:

Register with three or more colleagues for the same seminar and receive 10% off on each registration fee. (To receive the group discount, registrations must be received and paid together. This discount cannot be applied to online training registrations.)

Submit a training registration form or sign up using GFOA’s e-store.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the GFOA attendees at the The Renaissance Columbus Downtown HotelClick here for more information on special GFOA group rates.

We look forward to seeing you in Columbus! For ideas on what to do while in Columbus, go to Experience Columbus.


New CPFOs Announced

The following individuals earned the Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) designation in spring 2016: Gayle Carolus, Assistant Treasurer, Town of East Windsor, CT; Timothy Jones, Senior Auditor, California State Auditor’s Office; Corey Ladick, Comptroller-Treasurer, Stevens Point, WI; Kimberly Lord, Treasurer, Town of East Windsor, CT; Christopher Pietsch, Director of Finance, Fairfax County, Virginia; Mubeen Qader, Budget Analyst II, Richmond, CA; and Luning Christina Tang, Sr. Administrative Analyst, Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.

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News Links
Jurisdictions Struggle with Once-Profitable Recycling Programs

After a boom in recycling programs that brought profits to some cities, previously profitable partners started closing their plants because they were operating at a loss, “a victim of rock-bottom global commodity prices and a higher-than-expected contamination rate, which meant less recovered material for the market,” according to Stateline. Failure to address some serious structural problems in collecting, processing, and selling recyclable material could jeopardize the recycling goals that most states have set for themselves as a major part of their environmental strategies, the article concludes, explaining why the business model is unrealistic.

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Washington, D.C., Using Private Ambulances to Ease 911 Burden

Late last month, D.C. Fire and EMS ambulance began using the commercial service to transport patients with less-serious symptoms, the Washington Post reports. “The new system is intended to free up city medics and ambulances for more dire cases and ease the strain on a department that has struggled to handle a growing number of medical calls.” During the first week the program was in effect, 678 of the 2,135 people taken to hospitals were transported by the private service – approximately 32%, representing roughly half of the patients with less-serious conditions.

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

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