Virutal Conference is a Go!

Here’s the story
Of a lovely conference
That was originally planned at the beach

‘Til the one day when a virus made an entrance
And who knew it had such a crazy reach
That’s the way we have a virtual conference!

Registration for the 2020 Virtual Summer Conference is now open!

Head over to the Conferences page for all the details.

Virtual Conference Frequently Asked Questions

How many CPE can I receive by attending?

  • There will be up to 5.5 CPE from the one-day conference.

What if I already registered?

  • We have already reached out to all those that previously registered and will be issuing refunds (full or partial) based on whether they will be attending the virtual conference or not.

Will there be any opportunity to take the certification exams?

  • We are working on opportunities for you to take the exam at the School of Government in August and the planning meeting in September. This will keep people on track if they are expecting to pass all exams and get their certificate by the 2020 Winter Conference. We are still trying to figure out exact dates for these options. Registration for exams and payment for exams will happen after conference is complete.

Will certificates be sent directly to those that should be receiving them?

  • For those that might be close to the Triangle, Paarth may be able to get them to you in a safe and social distancing manner. Otherwise, we will ship the certificates at no cost to you.

If you have any questions, please direct them to conference@nclgba.org.

2020 Summer Conference COVID Update

After much deliberation and careful study of the survey responses, the Board has determined to alter the format for the 2020 Summer Conference from in-person to a virtual one-day option instead. Planning for this virtual conference option is still in the early stages and more information will be coming your way.

For now, those that have:

  • already booked their rooms, please go ahead and cancel your reservations. There should be no penalty for your cancellation of those rooms.
  • registered for the conference previously, hang tight, and we will get back to you shortly. We still need to determine how best to re-deploy registration and cost.
  • been planning sessions, continue working with Brian per his e-mail messages
  • contributed to our organization as sponsors, continue working with Stephen per his e-mail messages

Thank you all so much for what you do. We know this is a difficult time for all your shops as you may be scrambling to revisit your budgets. We are sad that we will not be able to meet in Atlantic Beach this summer, but we will create an awesome opportunity for our members in July virtually, continuing our role as a premier local government association in North Carolina.

Please send any questions about the cancellation or virtual conference to Paarth. He will compile and send an FAQ by Wednesday, April 22.

We hope you, your friends, family, and colleagues continue washing hands, staying at home, and keeping in good spirits!

Summer 2020 Conference Registration and Room Block Now Open

Registration and room block for the 2020 Summer 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 Double Tree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront – can be made online or by phone at 252-240-1155 using group name NC Local Government Budget Association and code GBA. 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, June 23, 2020. Continue to watch the website and listserv for future 2020 Summer Conference news and updates!

#NCLGBA19 Recap Series: Innovation and Change

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 second #NCLGBA19 Conference Recap comes from Mimi Clemens, Winter 2019 Conference Scholarship Recipient and MPA Candidate, UNC Chapel Hill

This December, I was able to attend the 2019 NCLGBA Winter Conference in Asheville, North Carolina with a scholarship from NCLGBA. Overall, the conference was a wonderful experience! Each day of the conference there was a general session in the morning followed by concurrent sessions with usually three sessions to choose from. At the end of Wednesday and Thursday, there were networking opportunities with roundtables and a happy hour. The conference concluded with the Economic Update and a raffle. I had a wonderful time meeting local government employees in different stages in their careers, including Budget, Finance, Performance, and Budget and Management Analysts, Senior Analysts, and Directors as well as City, Town, and County Managers. It was great meeting Analysts at the beginning of their careers in local government. This was greatly beneficial to me as a soon-to-be graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s MPA program this May. It was enlightening hearing from them their experiences and advice after graduating from MPA programs within the state and what ways MPA programs translate well with the local government profession and lessons learned.

Three of my favorite sessions of the Winter Conference were: The Value of Planning in the 21st Century: What’s Next? presented by Mitchell Silver, High Performance Leadership: Connecting to Your Manager, Supervisor, and Your Board presented by Jeff Richardson, and Public Engagement Tools to Reach a 21st Century Audience presented by Ming-Chun Lee and Scott Correll. I was drawn to all three of these sessions due to their innovative nature. In Mitchell Silver’s presentation, the changing demographics of America will create new norms, expectations, and needs from communities for local governments to address. Jeff Richardson’s presentation encouraged self-awareness as public leaders to be able to understand elected officials, residents, and staff’s viewpoints when addressing issues in the community. The test we took during Richardson’s session was eye-opening by showing how the viewpoint and expectations of the community, staff, and elected officials can shape organizational culture and performance of the organization when addressing issues in the community. Lastly, Ming-Chun Lee and Scott Correll’s presentation on public engagement in the 21st century was fascinating. Correll discussed how the City of Charlotte’s Urban Design Center created a board game as a new way to engage with the public. This started a conversation in the community on what city residents would like to see Charlotte become in the next 20 years. With the many different paths Charlotte residents could choose in the game, the city was able to gain insight into what priorities the community values and how the community would like the city to manage growth. And Lee used new geospatial technologies to create an app that would augment reality for users on their smart phone. This app allowed for residents to see what neighborhoods in Charlotte looked like in the past as well as changing demographic trends.

I am grateful to be given this opportunity to attend the 2019 NCLGBA Winter Conference. With the new year, 2020 will bring new challenges and solutions for local governments. It is my hope that I can take what I learned from these sessions and apply it towards future challenges that may arise.

RSVP to the Summer 2020 Conference Planning Meeting

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we invite you to the NCLGBA 2020 Summer Conference Planning Meeting on Friday, February 21st, 2020!

The objectives are to:

  1. brainstorm conference session topics that are exciting and relevant to our members,
  2. secure volunteer commitments including moderators and registration help, and
  3. network with state-wide colleagues!

Click here to RSVP (yes or no) by Friday, January 31st, 2020. 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 Charlotte (free parking) between 12pm-3pm at the:

Charlotte Fire Department Headquarters
500 Dalton Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28206

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.

FAQ

Where and when is the 2020 Summer Conference?

Doubletree by Hilton, Atlantic Beach between July 15-17 (hotel reopening soon!)

Is the Planning Meeting only meant for Board Members?

No, all local government budget professionals are welcome! Even if you do finance, strategic planning, data analytics you are welcome!

Is a teleconference line available to join the planning meeting?

No, the teleconference option hasn’t worked too well because of how loud and decentralized (group-work) the conversation is.

If you can’t make it, the best way to share with us your ideas is through the RSVP link and then we can follow up accordingly and include your ideas as part of the conversation.

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 or Paarth.