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GFOA Newsletter
June 22, 2017
Have You Thought about Joining One of GFOA's Standing Committees?

Applications to become a GFOA standing committee member are being accepted through July 28, 2017. Serving on a standing committee is an excellent opportunity for GFOA members to contribute their experience and knowledge to the entire membership. 

GFOA’s seven standing committees meet twice each year and develop best practices, advisories, and policy statements for the approval of the Executive Board and membership. GFOA associate members from the private sector can also apply to be advisors to one of the committees.

GFOA’s seven standing committees are: Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting; Canadian Issues; Economic Development and Capital Planning; Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy; Governmental Debt Management; Retirement and Benefits Administration; and Treasury and Investment Management.

  • Complete the application here.
  • If you are a current GFOA committee member please complete the application for re-appointment here.

If you have any questions about the committee application, please contact Emily Brock.

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Association News
We’re Seeking the Best and the Brightest!

Share your latest research, strategies, and ideas during GFOA’s 112th Annual Conference, May 6−9, 2018, at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri! Click here to submit a topic and/or speaker for the conference.

Registration and housing will open November 6 on GFOA’s website. For activities on what to do while in St. Louis, go to Explore St. Louis.

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 Be a Part of GFOA’s Financial Sustainability Research Project

GFOA’s recent research into what it takes for a local government to be truly financially sustainable has uncovered six leadership strategies and eight organizational design principles that lead governments to ongoing financial health. We have also developed a self-assessment technique that will allow local governments to determine the extent to which they exhibit these leadership strategies and institutional design principles.

Now, GFOA is looking for local governments that would like to join with other forward-thinking local government leaders to pilot testing this self-assessment tool. If you’re interested in participating, please e-mail Shayne Kavanagh.

Join Your Peers to Learn New Developments and Trends in Government Finance

Register for GFOA’s upcoming training seminars and unite with peers from across the United States and Canada whose careers, studies, or interests involve government financial management. View GFOA’s training listings through March 2018.

Register today! If you have any questions about GFOA’s training seminars, contact GFOA.

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First-Time Distinguished Budget Award Recipients Announced

The following jurisdictions are first-time winners of GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award: City of National City, California; Pasco County Board of Commissioners, Florida; City of Stuart, Florida; Santa Rosa County, Florida; County of Chambers, Texas; and Discovery Clean Water Alliance, Washington.

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New CPFOs Announced

The following individuals earned the Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) designation in summer 2017: Jeffrey Beatty, Finance Manager, Mammoth Community Water District, CA; Jennifer Charneski, Finance Director, Darien, CT; Thomas Darling, Director of Financial Services, Troy, MI; Erika Langhans, Controller, St. Petersburg, FL; Linli Moat, Sr. Financial Analyst, Bothell, WA; Natalie Morrison, Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, WaterOne, KS; Joseph Porche, Attorney, California State Auditor’s Office; C. Alan Smith, Senior Accounting Manager, Boulder County Colorado Government; and Tammy Todd, Assistant Director of Finance, Salem, VA.

There are more than 698 individuals who have received the CPFO designation.

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News Links
How One City Uses Social Media Archiving to Understand Its Citizens

The City of Wentzville, Missouri, grew by 16,000 people in 16 years, “and with this influx of residents came a need for new communications tools, according to a case study by Government Technology. The city got started with social media in 2009 to reach its ever-growing population, and now it uses several platforms to share information and solicit feedback on city initiatives. Wentzville’s social media followers spiked in the last two years due to frequent posts about topics that resonate with residents. “Wentzville uses the channels to alert residents of city events and solicit public feedback on city plans. The city also uses automated social media archiving to quickly distill important information from all of its accounts into one platform. The city recently used social media to gather feedback on a master plan for the Parks and Recreation Department, and then used ArchiveSocial to relay the data to decision makers," according to the paper.

City officials didn’t have time to solicit feedback in the city newsletters or other regularly scheduled communications channels, and social media helped expedite the feedback timeline. Wentzville was also able to use the archive tool to export and deliver comprehensive feedback through one portal, in this case allowing the Parks and Recreation board access to all the information gathered without going to various sites. The tool also made it easier for the city to curate all of the data and show how many people saw the posts. 

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Tips for Running Better Meetings

Not everyone thinks meetings are to be avoided at all costs. Good meetings just take some advance work and good habits, according to Lara Hogan’s blog, which provides tips for before and during the meeting, meeting rules, and meeting hygiene:

  • Look a week ahead and put together information for attendees, and decide on goals.
  • During the meeting, either facilitate or lead the meeting—there’s a difference. A facilitator’s primary job is “to read signals from folks who are trying to get a word in and can’t, or looking disengaged, or something else.” A meeting leader shares information or asks questions “more actively participating in the meat of the meeting.”
  • Make sure that your meetings feel like safe spaces where attendees can talk.
  • Hold weekly one-on-one meetings with direct reports, bringing a list of things to chat about.
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Another Element of Change Management: Compassion

Change management is difficult, but research indicates that approaching it with compassion makes the process easier, according to SmartBrief. Consider appointing someone who understands “the social architecture of the organization— aspects like networks that connect people, values embedded in the culture, roles that define zones of responsibility, or routines that get tasks accomplished.” For example, major changes often break up friendships and work relationships among employees, and helping with this aspect of change keeps the workplace running more smoothly.

One organization “made space for some team members to request reassignment as new positions opened up, giving them more choice about their ongoing work sites and allowing people to reconnect,” the article reported. It “opened up cross-functional group assignments to colleagues who wanted to continue working together, creating new ways to restore people’s connections.”

“Acknowledging difficulty and distress, creating space for people to come together, reinforcing the value of human connections at work, and creating flexibility for people to continue to connect” are all ways of helping employees deal with the difficult aspects of organizational change.

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

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