2018 Summer Conference: Presenter Featured on GovLove Podcast

Municipal Equation was not the only local government podcast recorded at the 2018 Summer Conference. After presenting her session “Transformative Policy: What it Takes to Innovate,” Rebecca Jackson was interviewed by GovLove to discuss strategy, performance, and innovation in the City of Fayetteville.

Jackson’s conference session and GovLove interview follow Fayetteville’s recognition as Governing and Living Cities’ 2018 Equipt to Innovate top performer.

Listen to the GovLove episode here: http://elgl.org/2018/07/27/podcast-innovation-rebecca-jackson-fayetteville-nc/

Find Rebecca’s 2018 Summer Conference presentation here: http://nclgba.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-Summer-Transformative-Policy.pdf


2018 Summer Conference: A Day at the Beach Podcast

At the 2018 Summer Conference, a live podcast of Municipal Equations was recorded. This is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times brought together by Ben Brown of the N.C. League of Municipalities. The discussion on “A Day at the Beach (The Wild Intersection of Gov’t and Summer Vacation)” had great energy and the podcast production was a neat way to present the material.


Thanks to the shoutout in the podcast from Ben Brown, who thought “the conference itself was really cool and it hit a lot of modern and futuristic topics in the world of government budgeting, spending, and prioritizing. A lot goes into it, way more than any of us think.”

2018 NCLGBA Summer Conference – Agenda Available & Registration Deadline

We are about one month away from #NCLGBA18 Summer Conference at Atlantic Beach!  The conference planning team and our 2018 Conference co-chairs (Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels) have been hard at work (since February!) getting our sessions lined up, talking to potential sponsors, not to mention all of the emails and phone calls that go into planning our conferences.

Over the last few years we have tried to be very intentional in lining up relevant sessions, speakers, and social events to match the expectations of our members. Just a few highlights from Wednesday, July 11, the first day of the conference:

  • NC Politics: We are starting off with a bang! In our very first day we are setting the bar extremely high. The first session is a look is an interactive session on  the upcoming election season and NC politics led by Professor Chris Cooper from Western Carolina. You will want to arrive to the conference early (or at least on time) in order to hear Professor Cooper’s take on a very interesting election coming up later in 2018.
  • City/County Updates: Always a conference highlight, the update from our NCLM and NCACC liaisons will blend very nicely with our first session. Elections. Politics. Chris Nida. What more could you ask for?
  • ELGL:  We are welcoming back some very dear friends of NCLGBA to our Summer Conference! I am very happy to announce that our esteemed colleagues from Engaging Local Government Leaders are flying in all the way from Oregon to be with us again this summer. If you haven’t had the chance to engage with ELGL, this is your chance! We are all excited to catch up with Kirsten and Kent Wyatt to see what they have been up to and to learn about cutting edge trends going on within local governments from across the country. I also heard a rumor about a cage match at #NCLGBA18? But, I’ll leave it to them to fully explain that little mystery! In fact, if you peruse their website, you’ll notice some NCLGBA royalty (past and future Presidents) right there on the ELGL homepage!

We have a lot more in store for you all this summer. This was just a preview of the first day, but expect two more days of learning, socializing, catching up with old and new friends, some great food, and a lot of warm sun! The rest of the conference agenda is available here. (updated to final version – 6/19/18)

(update – registration is now closed.)

Please let the conference planners Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels (conference@nclgba.org) or Justin Amos, NCLBA President, know if you have any questions. We are happy to answer them and we really hope to see you all this summer for #NCLGBA18!

Announcing the NCLGBA 2018 Summer Conference Scholarship Winners

The NCLGBA Board is pleased to announce two scholarship winners for the 2018 Summer Conference:

Allyson Beetham
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allysonbeetham/
Twitter: @allysoncbeetham

Will Sigmon
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-sigmon-184077110/
Twitter: @ Will_Sigmon

Please take some time to welcome and congratulate them at the conference and to connect with them on social media!


Apply now for NCLGBA’s Scholarship for the 2018 Summer Conference!

NCLGBA has a Conference Scholarship Program for current masters’ students and/or budget professionals attending a NCLGBA conference for the first time. The scholarship program provides registration fee and 2 nights hotel stay for the upcoming 2018 NCLGBA Summer Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton in Atlantic Beach, NC, July 11-13, 2018.

Should You apply?
– Do you have an interest in a career in North Carolina local government budgeting?
– Are you an active Master’s level student in good standing OR someone who has never attended a NCLGBA conference?
– If you are a student, are you within two years of completing a Master’s degree?
– Do you have a willingness to help generate content for NCLGBA’s website for the next six months (minimum of 2 stories)?

If you answered yes to the above questions: The application is available here and is due Friday, April 20, 2018. Submission details are included on the application. Recipients will be notified by Friday, May 18.

Please help us get the word out out to any MPA student(s) and/or first time attendees you may know, and please apply yourself if you haven’t attended a conference before!

2018 Summer Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration for the NCLGBA’s 2018 Summer Conference, in Atlantic Beach, July 11-13, 2018, is now open. The following links will direct you to online conference registration forms:

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check

Please note that  every attendee needs to fill out a registration form individually.  

After you complete the form, a copy of your registration should be e-mailed to you (check your spam filters); please include the e-mailed registration form with your check when you mail it to our Treasurer, Teresa Fulk, Carteret County Finance, 302 Courthouse Square, Beaufort, NC 28516. Feel free to e-mail Teresa (teresaf@carteretcountync.gov) or Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels (conference@nclgba.org) if you have any questions or concerns.

You may also book your hotel room reservations at the conference rate.  Reservations can be made online here or by contacting the hotel at 252-240-1155 with group code “LGB”. The cut-off date is Tuesday, June 19.  Rooms at the group rate will go quickly so please call or click today!

For any Conference questions that you may have, please contact Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels at conference@nclgba.org.

For more conference information, check the “Conferences” page.

Applications for CBEO Certification Due Feburary 9, 2018!

Just quick reminder that if you have passed your certification exams, completed your coursework, and are now ready to get certified as a Budget & Evaluation Officer, you must submit your application to Whitney Afonso at the School of Government by February 9, 2018!

For more information on the certification process please see more details on the “Certification” section of the NCLGBA website and the School of Government’s FAQs.

And as always you can take the exams at the next conference!

NCLGBA Summer 2018 Conference Planning Meeting & Room Block Info

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we would like to invite you all to join us for the Summer ‘18 Conference Planning Committee! The committee meeting will be at the Cumberland County Health Department, 1235 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301 at 12:30PM on Friday, February 9, 2018. The objectives are to:

  • secure volunteer commitments,
  • brainstorm session topics that are exciting and relevant to our members and
  • fellowship with our colleagues while planning the next great conference!


Click here to RSVP for the Planning Committee with your lunch option by Friday, January 26, 2018. For those that are unable to attend, feel free to visit the link to share ideas for session topics and speakers.

As always, thank you all for “banding” together to create great experiences and professional development opportunities for our colleagues across the State. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (Christopher.Williams@mecklenburgcountync.gov) or Michelle (michelle.daniels@raleighnc.gov) via email.

In addition, the room block is now open at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Atlantic Beach! More information is available here; note that some types of rooms may need to be reserved by phone at 252-240-1155 with group code “LGB”.

Thank you,

Christopher and Michelle