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GFOA Newsletter
October 13, 2016
Registration Is Open for GFOA’s 111th Annual Conference

Don’t miss GFOA’s 111th Annual Conference, May 21─24, 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The conference will feature concurrent sessions, preconference seminars, general sessions, discussion groups, networking opportunities, social events, and an exhibit hall. Earn more than 20 CPE credits with your participation. With 300 days a year of sunshine, a walkable downtown, thriving art and cultural scenes, and the Rockies as a backdrop, Denver is a memorable destination.

GFOA is still accepting speaker and topic suggestions for the annual conference. Click here to submit your recommendation. Full program session details will be announced in January 2017.

If you are a GFOA active government member who has never attended the annual conference, we invite you to apply for a first-time annual conference attendee scholarship. Fifty scholarships will be awarded per state or province in the amount of the full-conference registration fee. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, e-mail First Annual Conference.

Register Today

Go to the “Annual Conference” tab on GFOA’s website to access the conference brochure and registration form, sign up for preconference seminars, reserve your room in GFOA’s official hotel block, and sign up for tours.

Take advantage of early and group discounts.

If you have any questions about the annual conference, contact GFOA.
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Association News
First-Time Distinguished Budget Award Recipients Announced

The following jurisdictions are first-time winners of GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award: County of Newell, Alberta; Sturgeon County, Alberta; West Metro Fire Protection District, Colorado; Town of Hanover, Massachusetts; North Central Regional Transit District, New Mexico; Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon; Town of Vinton, Oregon; and City of Washougal, Washington.

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News Links
IRS Offers Webinar on Affordable Care Act Outreach 

ACA Outreach for State and Local Governmental Employer Community is a live webinar presented by the CA Office and TE/GE Counsel to address the concerns and needs governmental entities have, as they relate to Affordable Care Act (ACA) information reporting requirements. The presentation, on October 20, 2016, at 2 p.m. (Eastern), will cover determining applicable large employer (ALE) status, identifying full-time employees, defining hours of service, what constitutes minimum essential coverage, how e-filing of information returns works, and making 2016 filing season corrections and replacements. The webinar will also cover penalties and relief, TIN solicitation, and changes to forms and instructions for tax year 2016.

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Coordinating Natural Disaster Emergency Response and Recovery

The devastation of Hurricane Matthew is fresh in our minds, but jurisdictions experience many natural disasters of different kinds each year. The initial emergency response coordination duties usually fall to local city or county governments, and resources, protocols, emergency management methods, and timelines can differ widely. Jurisdictions often monitor the event beforehand, prioritize public safety, coordinate assistance with other local or nearby state and federal agencies, and make use of geographic information systems to aid in recovery efforts, according to American City and County, which recently published a summary of tactics taken in three different kinds of emergencies.

One of the areas discussed, Greenbrier County, pushed through days of torrential flooding in West Virginia in June, which experienced both the expected river-rise floods and unprecedented and devastating flash flooding. In Garland, Texas, a powerful tornado tore through the area, resulting in $1.97 million in public infrastructural damages and cleanup. Carson City, Nevada, which faces 10 to 12 wildfires a year, dealt with one in August that covered 258 acres and threatened several jurisdictions; it took eight hours to contain, cost $300,000 to fight, and involved two federal agencies.
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Governments Investing in Green Space and GIS

Local governments have concentrated their spending on infrastructure in 2016, although perhaps more on tabled green projects than road and sewer repairs, according to the mid-year 2016 Keating Report, a forecast on government budgets and spending. Improvements in GIS are also expected as jurisdictions find more uses for the service. Among the report’s forecasts on government purchases of goods and services and comments from experts are descriptions of such projects, including an attractive overlook above the Clinton River in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Part 1 of the report noted some growth in government budgets heading into the third quarter of 2016.
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Editor: Marcy Boggs  |  Executive Director/CEO: Jeffrey Esser

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