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GFOA Newsletter
September 7, 2017
Wondering What Accounting and Financial Reporting Rules Have Changed Over the Past Year?
Find Out at GFOA’s GAAP Update 

GFOA’s 22nd Annual Governmental GAAP Update web-stream event is not to be missed! The training will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. (Eastern) on November 2, 2017 (with encore presentations on December 7, 2017, and January 18, 2018). Register by September 29, 2017, to save on the November offering.

Learn everything you need to know about the most recent developments in accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments from the convenience of your own computer. This year’s speakers include:

  • David Vaudt, Chairman, GASB, Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Todd Buikema, Acting Director, Technical Services, Government Finance Officers Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • Peg Hartnett, Senior Manager, Technical Services, Government Finance Officers Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • Melinda Gildart, Controller, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Illinois
  • Bob Scott, CFO, City of Carrollton, Texas
  • Ted Williamson, Partner, RubinBrown LLP, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Chris Morrill, Executive Director/CEO, Government Finance Officers Association, Chicago, Illinois

Click here to read about specific topics to be covered during the training.

Earn 4 CPE credits with your participation. If you have any questions about the training, contact GFOA.

If you’re not yet registered to participate in the GAAP Update, sign up today!

Brochure, including registration form / online

Save with early and group discounts. Please submit the training registration form and attach the group spreadsheet. Group discounts cannot be processed through online registration. 

We Want to Hear from You about This Year’s GAAP Update

For the program we’re looking to address real-life challenges that you’re facing in your government. If you have a question involving accounting and financial reporting issues that you would like covered, please submit it to gaapupdate@gfoa.org by September 14, 2017.

Please note that we will attempt to answer as many questions as we can during the program; however, we cannot guarantee that all questions submitted will be answered.

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Association News
New CPFOs Announced

The following individuals earned the Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) designation in late summer 2017: Emily Beam, finance manager, Boulder County, Colorado; Angela Carr, deputy chief finance officer, Shelby County Schools, Tennessee; Steven Chaipel, finance director, Sanibel, Florida; Herman Chen, rates, financial analysis and budget manager, Alameda County Water District, California; Michael Hanson, director of finance, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, Florida; Amber Johnson, senior accounting and grants analyst, Marin Transit, California; Sheila Rios, senior accountant, Norfolk, Nebraska; and Allyn Van Hooser, city treasurer, Redding, California.

There are now 713 individuals who have received the CPFO designation.

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News Links
U.S. Cities of All Sizes Embrace the Night Mayor Concept

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, started the trend, creating the position of “night mayor” to manage the city’s after-hours economy, “in an effort to minimize quality-of-life complaints from residents and boost nighttime business,” Governing reports. European cities started doing the same, and now, both large and small cities in the United States are hiring night mayors, too.

The position addresses different needs in different cities, but there are common considerations such as whether all bars should close at the same time (with people pouring out onto the street at the same time), how people are getting home, and if lighting is sufficient for people to walk or bike. “It’s about what people can do in your city,” the article says. “You have to plan for people as much as you plan for buildings.”
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Temporary Urbanism Leads to Improvements for Rust-Belt Towns

“Post-industrial” towns and cities face dwindling industry, shrinking populations, and fundamental questions about their role in the modern global economy, according to The Conversation. Several redevelopment models from Germany focus on flexible solutions that are broadly applicable to any city seeking to reinvent faded manufacturing zones.

One approach involves short-term, low-cost, scalable measures that instigate longer-term, community-building change. A project in Bremen that matches underutilized urban spaces with projects in need of a home has gone from a pilot project to a community association with an ongoing role in the city’s cultural life.

Local residents in Rotterdam, Netherlands, revitalized a former industrial area near the city’s central train station. Another project that started out as temporary, Zoho now includes permanent co-working spaces, along with studios that host events, classes, and green spaces. After a ten-year process, the area has matured into a core makers’ district.

Many in the United States have heard of the tiny house movement, which relies on small modular units and can serve as an alternative for affordable housing. One tiny house project established an educational forum and workshop that allows people to learn how to build their own tiny homes.

“Ultimately, we have to work backwards to measure the specific dash, dosage, amount and numbers of specifically defined stakeholders, processes, and mechanisms necessary to replicate those results and develop pre-configured ‘recipes’ for more resilient temporary urbanism,” the article concludes.

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Online Courses Can Help You Be a Better Public Speaker

Being a good public speaker can help you advance both your government’s agenda and your own career. But most people could use some coaching to help develop their skills. GovLoop suggests a number of online courses that you might find helpful, providing summaries and pricing information. They include:

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Editor: Marcy Boggs  |  Executive Director/CEO: Chris Morrill 

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