#NCLGBA19 Recap Series: Checking the Boxes for a Successful Conference

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring reflections on the 2019 Winter Conference. If you would like to share your experience, please email admin@nclgba.org.

Our third #NCLGBA19 Conference Recap comes from Rusty Mau, Winter 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient and Budget Analyst, Buncombe County

Consider the last conference you attended (other than the NCLGBA winter conference).  After the conference, you probably received a survey that asked, “Would you recommend this conference to a colleague?”  The answer is not always “strongly agree”.  When I think about the NCLGBA winter conference, I “strongly agree” that every budget professional in North Carolina should attend!

The conference started on a high note, with NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver sharing why planning is critical in the 21st Century.  He discussed the “clash of values” between the 20th and 21st centuries and encouraged us to consider the importance of density in our communities.  The family unit of yesterday is not the family unit of tomorrow, Silver shared, as an estimated 25 million single family homes will be on the market by 2030 with no buyer.  How will a public trend towards density align with the powerful forces of NIMBYism?  What are the tax implications of density?  These questions came to my mind as Silver helped us peek into the future.

Throughout the conference, I came back to the question of “why?”  In The Value Beyond Strategy and Data, Mary Vigue with the City of Raleigh said Raleigh’s goal with innovation and performance management is to empower people to ask why.  In Jeff Richardson’s session on High Performance Leadership, we learned you must understand why managers, boards, and colleagues are motivated and successful in order to be successful yourself.  In the screening of All the Queen’s Horses, we saw what can happen when we don’t ask “why” when something doesn’t add up.  For local government to continue to improve, all employees must be empowered to both ask why and understand why.  This mutual understanding of why transcends innovation, routine operations, and even ethical behavior.

Before I “strongly agree” to recommend a conference, I must be able to check two boxes: solid content and ample time for valuable networking (plus, of course, good food).  While I thoroughly enjoyed the content, the networking opportunities were the highlight of our time.  In Buncombe County, for example, we are drafting a new grants policy.  I was able to ask several jurisdictions about their practices and provide a firm foundation for our first draft.  The conference also included opportunities for speed coaching, budget-focused networking, and informal conversation.  I am no “master networker”, but I truly appreciated the opportunity to learn from other attendees.  The diversity of expertise among attendees made the conference impactful.

When I reflect on the NCLGBA winter conference, I think about my motivation to attend.  First, I wanted to learn more about budgeting in North Carolina.  Second, I wanted to gain valuable insights that I could use in my work.  Third, I wanted to build connections that will help us build an even better budget.  All of these have been accomplished and more.

So, when I ask “why” I attended the conference, I realize my conference experience was a success.  I strongly encourage other budget professionals to reflect on why you attended and consider attending a future NCLGBA conference.  As I mentioned above, I “strongly agree” all of my colleagues attend!

#NCLGBA19 Recap Series: Building Connections to Increase Meaning

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring reflections on the 2019 Winter Conference. If you would like to share your experience, please email admin@nclgba.org.

Our first #NCLGBA19 Conference Recap comes from Ellenore Holbrook, Budget Analyst, City of Asheville

The 2019 Winter Conference addressed a wide variety of topics throughout its sessions, but I found one dominant theme between them all: connecting with one another.

I am not talking about connecting in the formal, shake hands and talk about the weather sense of networking. Rather, talking about the differences in our experiences, acknowledging them, and learning from one another.

I first noticed this theme during the opening session with Mitchell Silver who discussed how to plan for the 21st century. He spoke about changing demographics at the local, state, and national levels and how they would impact the challenges our communities face over time. What struck me was when he spoke openly about the different generations, their attributes, and how we are able to learn from one another to better support our organizations. As the demographics of NCLGBA change, we continue to learn new ideas from one another and push ourselves to be better.

The theme of connection continued throughout a number of sessions, including the panel on the Recession. As someone who was in high school during the Great Recession, I do not have a clear idea of how it impacted our organizations. By being able to hear from those who experienced it firsthand, we are able to gain an understanding of how we can better address the next recession.

Finally, my favorite session (and I promise it was not because I helped plan it!) was Speed Coaching. Entirely centered on connecting with those in your field, it provided a space for those beginning their budget career to ask questions and listen to those who have a wide breadth of experience. With the time constraint, it pushed participants to ask valuable questions quickly, rather than attempting to make small talk. The best part was after the session officially ended, most individuals remained in the room to continue their conversations and meet others.

Building connections with one another is important but also difficult. It can be hard to get over the awkwardness of meeting new people, asking potentially difficult questions, and making yourself vulnerable in recognizing what you do not know. This conference provided opportunities for everyone to open up, learn about something new, and connect with others in a valuable and mutually beneficial way.

Announcing the 2019 Winter Conference Scholarship Winners

The NCLGBA Board is pleased to announce two scholarship winners for the 2019 Winter Conference:

Mimi Clemens
Mimi is a Master of Public Administration Candidate at UNC Chapel Hill. She completed her undergraduate studies in public policy and history at the College of William & Mary. Growing up near Washington, D.C., Mimi has a true passion for government and enjoys local government podcasts like ELGL’s GovLove. Currently, she works as a Research Assistant for the Local Government Workplaces Initiative at the UNC School of Government. She would love to meet all of you, so don’t hesitate to say “hi” and chat! Mimi is set to graduate in May 2020 and is looking forward to beginning her career in local government.

Rusty Mau
Rusty is a graduate of NC State University with a master’s degree in economics. He is a passionate management and budget analyst with Buncombe County and has a variety of professional experiences; other professional experience includes serving as a legislative assistant with the U.S. House of Representatives and working as a quantitative analyst with Bank of America. Rusty enjoys hiking in the NC mountains with his wife, Selena, and their dog, Bojangles (@its.bo.time).

Please be sure to introduce yourself to our winners at the conference, give a warm welcome, share a little about yourself during the networking breaks, and hold onto their contact information to make future connections.

2019 Winter Conference Networking Update!

Good afternoon!

We are nearing the 1-month countdown to the much anticipated NCLGBA 2019 Winter Conference in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.  The planning committee and board is excited to present a powerful slate of speakers and activities for our membership.  We will be sending a draft agenda out next week and look forward to sharing the full details with you then.  Until then please take a closer look at some exciting highlights!

  • The “RAD Plan, Man” bus tour! – Join the natives in learning how Asheville is turning a vision into a reality with a tour of a massive road, greenway, stormwater, and civic space project in their local River Arts District (RAD).  The tour will direct members through the unique industrial and arts district along the French Broad River and showcase their use of grants and private investment to revitalize the area.  Seating is limited to twenty-two (22) spaces.  Please e-mail Taylor Floyd and copy me to reserve your spot (first come, first serve).
  • Networking Hot Spots – As we wind down on Thursday, get ready for an opportunity to share ideas, figure out dinner plans, or reflect on how embarrassing that one moment was for Paarth.  We will be hosting a room of round-table topics ranging from City-County Relations, to Best Hiring Practices and a highly acclaimed “General” conversation table.  Additionally, we will have a room dedicated to a “Speed Coaching” exercise.  Ten (10) of your experienced colleagues have offered their time to sit in a room for one-on-one conversations with our members.  This opportunity is for those newer members looking for career guidance and is by reservation only (first come, first serve).  To sign-up please e-mail Ellenore Holbrook and copy me on the message.

Please do not forget to register for the conference and lock in your hotel rooms today!  A trip to Beer City USA and the eclectic downtown Asheville scene is not one you are going to want to miss.  Did I mention that we have great sponsors making plans as well?  Look for an ELGL and Oracle partnered supper club when you visit the sponsor booths.

Registration is now closed. If you have questions, please contact Teresa Fulk, NCLGBA Treasurer.

See you in a month!

Brian Pahle

NCLGBA 3rd Vice President

Nominations Open for 2019 Vogt Award

Nominations for the 2019 Vogt Award are closed.

 

Good Morning Local Government Budget Professionals:

It is my pleasure to announce and encourage nominations for the 2019 A. John “Jack” Vogt Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Advancement of Local Government Budgeting and Evaluation. This career award is the highest annual award presented by the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) to recognize individuals who have served as innovators and leaders advancing budget and/or evaluation practices in North Carolina local government during their careers.

In 2006, Dr. Jack Vogt became the first recipient of the award to honor his thirty-four year legacy as an innovator, teacher, mentor, and consummate student of local government budgeting and evaluation.

Nominees must have a minimum of ten years of local government service in North Carolina.  “Government service” is defined broadly as any profession that works in or with municipal, county, or other local government jurisdictions. Examples include budget/finance professionals, city/county managers, elected officials, academics, and local government financial consultants.

Nomination applications and a list of previous award winners can be accessed on the NCLGBA website. Completed nomination applications should be submitted via email to vogtaward@nclgba.org by 11:59pm on Friday, November 8, 2019. A committee from the NCLGBA will review the submissions and present the award at the 2019 Winter Budget Conference on Thursday, December 12th during the luncheon held at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville, NC.

If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, please feel free to contact me at michelledaniels.work@gmail.com or at (919) 351-0104.

North Carolina has a strong, national reputation as a leader in local government budgeting and evaluation. I hope you will take this opportunity to recognize those who have helped us earn this reputation and charted new paths for all of us to participate, learn from and benefit.

Thank You,

Michelle Daniels
2019-2020 President, NCLGBA

Winter 2019 Conference Registration and Room Block Now Open

Registration and room block for the 2019 Winter Conference is now open!

Registrations can be made by credit card or check. Every attendee must fill out their own registration form. More detailed directions for registration can be found on the Conference Information page.

Reservations for the conference hotel – the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts – can be made online or by phone at 1-844-330-0296 or 828-285-2603 using group name NCLGBA and code NLG. Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to hotel stay. Additional information can be found on the Conference Information page.

The deadline for both conference registration and reserving at the group rate is Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Continue to watch the website and listserv for future 2019 Winter Conference news and updates!

2019 Winter Conference Scholarship Application is Live

The NCLGBA is excited to announce that the application period for the 2019 Winter Conference Scholarship Program is now open!

The Association extends financial support through this program to first-time attendees, which includes MPA students, interns, and professionals in our field who have never previously attended and NCLGBA conference. The NCLGBA scholarship recipient will receive one (1) paid conference registration fee and two (2) nights hotel stay for the 2019 Winter NCLGBA Conference in Asheville at the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts from December 11th to December 13th. The 2019 Winter Conference Scholarship Application is available here or on our Conference Information page. All applications are due by midnight, Friday, October 11. Eligible applicants should submit their application via e-mail to christopher.williams@mecklenburgcountync.gov with #NCLGBA Scholarship Program in the subject line. Award recipients will be notified by Friday, November 8, 2019.

Feel free to contact Christopher Williams, NCLGBA 1st Vice President, with any questions. If you or someone you know is interested in attending an outstanding budget conference as a 2019 scholarship winner, we encourage you to apply or pass along this announcement.

2019 Winter Conference Planning Meeting

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we invite you to the 2019 Winter Conference – Planning Meeting on Friday, September 6, 2019!

The objectives are to:

  • brainstorm conference session topics that are exciting and relevant to our members,
  • secure volunteer commitments including moderators and registration help, and
  • networking with state-wide colleagues!

Click here to RSVP (yes or no) by Friday, August 16, 2019. Even if you can’t attend, please follow the link to share ideas for session topics, speakers, and/or volunteer to be a moderator or help at registration.

Join us in downtown Winston-Salem between 12pm-3pm at the:

Forsyth County Government Center
201 N Chestnut St,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Lunch (including VG, V, GF, etc.) options will be provided from 12pm-1pm. If you can join us, select your lunch option using the link above.

As always, thank you all for coming together to create great experiences and professional development opportunities for our colleagues across the State. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our conference planners, Brian Pahle or Paarth Mehta.