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

Interested in Serving on the Board of the NCLGBA? Here’s a chance!

The NCLGBA needs your help growing and improving as an organization to provide the skill development, knowledge sharing, and networking our members need to succeed professionally and to create public value for their communities.  Helping advance the local government profession by serving on the NCLGBA Board is an excellent opportunity to contribute.

We have four great opportunities – 3rd Vice President, At-Large City and County Board Members, and the newly added Marketing Coordinator.  Below is a quick introduction into the roles and responsibilities of each position.

NCLGBA 3rd Vice President and Conference Co-Chair: In short the 2nd and 3rd Vice President work together to organize the conference and plan a dynamic agenda. This position transitions into 2nd VP and eventually becomes President of NCLGBA. In addition, this position incorporates many of the roles of the at-large board members.

NCLGBA At-Large Board Members (City/County):

  • Commit to attending all 4 conferences that occur during 2 year terms
  • Commit to attending all board meetings & conference planning sessions during their terms
  • Assist with conference planning
  • Help on-site at the conference with things like registration and other duties as assigned
  • Help with special projects, like the People Who Balance columns, website content, membership drives, sponsors, etc.
  • Serve as conference liaisons (for things like location of sessions, bathrooms, elevators, etc.)
  • Interact with members by introducing themselves, starting discussions at their tables during sessions, & facilitating introductions
  • Promote the conference and membership in the organization to people in their region of the state and other professional associations they may be a part of.
  • Volunteer to serve as a session moderator
  • Bring up new ideas, actively participate in the debate/conversation of issues, and being willing to serve on specially called committees with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the NCLGBA
  • Represent either Cities or Counties on the board by interacting with members and understanding their interests and ideas for improvement.

Marketing Coordinator:

  • Assist with all matters related to the NCLGBA’s communications including keeping the website and social media accounts up to date.
  • External communications to association membership
  • Promote the conference and membership in the organization to people in their region of the state and other professional associations they may be a part of.
  • Assist conference planners with communication strategies for conference planning sessions and conference updates.

 

If you are interested and want more information or if you have someone you would like to nominate, please contact Stephen Hawryluk at stephenh@cityofws.org.  Nominations must be submitted to Stephen no later than March 29, 2018.

3 Exciting NCLGBA Board Opportunities

We need your help growing and improving as an organization to provide the skill development, knowledge sharing, and networking our members need to succeed professionally and to create public value for their communities.  Are you ready to sign up for that cause?

 

The time to serve is now:

Are you interested in helping advance the local government profession by serving on the NCLGBA Board.  If so we have three great opportunities.  Please email me if you are interested and want to learn more.  Or if you have someone you want to nominate, please share by March 31st.  Below is a quick introduction into the roles and responsibilities of the 3rd VP, Treasurer, and At Large Board Members:

 

NCLGBA 3rd Vice-President and Conference Co-Chair: In short the 2nd and 3rd Vice-President work together to organize the conference and plan a dynamic agenda.  This position transitions into 2nd VP and eventually becomes President of NCLGBA.

 

NCLGBA At Large Board Members(City/County):

  • Commit to attending all 4 conferences that occur during 2 year terms
  • Commit to attending all board meetings & conference planning sessions during their terms
  • Assist with conference planning
  • Help on-site at the conference with things like registration and other duties as assigned
  • Help with special projects, like the People Who Balance columns, website content, membership drives, sponsors, etc. \
  • Serve as conference liaisons (for things like location of sessions, bathrooms, elevators, etc)
  • Interact with members by introducing themselves, starting discussions at their tables during sessions, & facilitating introductions
  • Promote the conference and membership in the organization to people in their region of the state and other professional associations they may be a part of.
  • Volunteer to serve as a session moderator
  • Bring up new ideas, actively participate in the debate/conversation of issues, and being willing to serve on specially called committees with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the NCLGBA
  • Represent either Cities or Counties on the board by interacting with members and understanding their interests and ideas for improvement.

 

TREASURER:

  • Collect, organize and deposit conference registrations
  • Collect, organize and deposit membership dues
  • Put together a consolidated conference registration spreadsheet that lists conference registrants, check #, conference preferences (guests, exams, veggie meal)
  • Correspond with membership when issues with conference registrations occur (overpayments, general conference or hotel questions)
  • Track financials of the conference
  • Put together a preconference and post conference budget
  • Work with conference planners to write out checks and ensure all vendors are paid on time
  • Work with sponsorship committee to ensure all outside sponsors send in their payments, and work with them to ensure they register their representatives (if coming to conference)
  • Provide Board with a treasurer’s and conference report during board meeting
  • Provide membership with a treasurers report during the conference
  • Work with the conference hotel contacts during conference

 

Thanks,

Josh

NCLGBA President

Josh.Edwards@durhamnc.gov

Replay of NCLM FY2015 & FY2016 Revenue Projections Webinar

NCLGBA co-hosted a webinar with the NC League of Municipalities recently covering their FY2015 and FY2016 projections for State-Shared Revenues. The information was presented by Chris Nida, the League’s Director of Research & Policy Analysis.

Thank you to the jurisdictions who attended and participated in this webinar.

Click Here to Download a Video Recording of the Webinar

Check out the following links below for additional information and resources covered during the webinar:

Revenue Projections Memo (PDF)

Basis of Tax Distribution Memo (PDF)

Municipal Distribution Sales Tax Calculator (XLS)

Webinar Slide Presentation (PPT)

Conference Scholarship Available, Applications Due May 4th

2015 NCLGBA Conference Scholarship Program

Application Deadline May 4th
Click Here to Download Application

What motivates you to be a local government budget professional?

NCLGBA events are a great opportunity to enhance professional skills and network with hundreds of your colleagues. Whatever motivates you to slog through budget requests and re-add numbers that don’t add up, twice a year we gather to share, compare notes and learn from each other. And — to welcome new budgeteers!

The NCLGBA board is excited to extend financial support, to go along with that offer of welcome, through the 2015 NCLGBA Conference Scholarship Program. First-time conference attendees — whether current Masters’ of Public Administration or Public Policy students, interns or otherwise new to our field — can apply for a scholarship to join us in education, networking and advocacy.  The scholarship provides conference registration and two nights hotel stay to attend the upcoming summer conference July 8-10, 2015 at Shell Island Resort or our winter conference in December 2015.

We ask applicants about their motivation for becoming (or studying to become) a local government budget professional and about how we, as budget professionals, can each impact the community. Please pass along the attached application to the new person in your office, the interns, or MPA/MPP students who may be interested in this scholarship opportunity. Encourage them to participate in the NCLGBA, and to consider what motivates them as they enter our field and share what motivates you.

Click Here to Download Application

Deadline:

The deadline for applications is Monday, May 4, 2015. The winner will be announced May 13.

Apply:

Please send completed applications to Heather Drennan, heather.drennan@townofcary.org. Any

Who is Eligible:

First-time conference attendees, including interns, current students or others new to the field.

Membership Time! Join or Renew for 2014-15

New and renewal memberships are being received for 2014-15. 

Please take a moment to read the attached information; become a member of this innovative organization for the first time, or renew your ongoing membership and continue your participation!  Be sure to encourage your co-workers and colleagues to update their registration in the next few weeks as well.

The  NCLGBA’s main goals and benefits include:

Strengthening communications and provide opportunities for professional growth and development through the exchange of ideas. For example, the NCLGBA’s website offers an analysis round-up, economic updates, relevant articles, and a Career Gateway where members can post and learn about career opportunities

Investigating, studying, discussing, and recommending innovation in the application of budget and evaluation methods. For example, membership includes access to the NCLGBA ListServ where local government employees can share and request information from municipalities and counties across the state

Providing training and education programs through our events and meetings. For example, the NCLGBA hosts two state-wide conferences annually (discounted rate for members) and offers the North Carolina Budget & Evaluation Officer certification program

Whether you are a city or county manager, budget or finance director, budget and management analyst, financial administrator, or serving in an operating department with budget and evaluation responsibilities, the NCLGBA may offer significant value to your municipality, county, or North Carolina authority or cooperative.  The cost of NCLGBA membership remains only $50 for FY2014-2015.

Click Here for Membership Letter

Click Here for Membership Application (DOC)

Click here for Membership Invoice (XLS)

Additional information regarding the organization, including conference announcements and the budget and evaluation officer certification, can be found on the Association’s Web site – www.NCLGBA.org. You can also learn more about becoming a member of the NCLGBA through the website by going to NCLGBA.org/Membership.

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for these upcoming conferences:

2014 Winter Conference at the Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC, December 10-12, 2014

2015 Summer Conference – To Be Announced

The NCLGBA board members and planning committee are hard at work developing the winter conference program in Pinehurst. If you are interested in helping to plan the Winter Conference or you have topic or speaker suggestions, please contact Josh Edwards(josh.edwards@durhamnc.gov) or Mark Matthews (Mark.Matthews@wakegov.com). The planning committee will meet on Friday, September 26th at 12:00pm at the Wake County Justice Center (301 S. McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC) for the Winter Conference Planning meeting.

We hope to see everyone there!

Please contact Justin Amos 704-336-5022 or jamos@charlottenc.gov with any questions or suggestions regarding membership renewals.

New Job Opportunities!

Several position openings have been announced in recent weeks, and we’ve finally added them to the NCLGBA Career Gateway. Checkout the links below for more information on each position:

Internal Auditor – Onslow County (Closes Today!)

Accounting Supervisor – City of Greenville (Closes 7/2)

Fiscal & Policy Analyst – Wake County (Closes 7/6)

Financial Analyst – City of Greenville (Closes 7/15)

Internal Auditor – City of Asheville (Open Until Filled)

Payroll Administrator – Cabarrus Health Alliance (Open Until Filled)

 

Don’t forget! If your jurisdiction has  budget or finance-related opening, please forward them along to kenneth.hunter@nclgba.org for posting on the Gateway. If you want them posted on a national site, please let us know so we can include the announcement on the Job Opportunities page for ABFM.

Winter Conference Returns to Grove Park, December 11th-13th

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By Heather Drennan & Josh Edwards

We are excited to announce that this year’s Winter Conference will be held at the Omni Grove Park in Asheville, December 11th-13th. The conference will include an array of sessions focusing on discussions and techniques local budget practitioners can use to improve their processes, achieve the goals of their governing bodies, uphold standards of fiscal responsibility and respect for citizens, and maintain credibility with taxpayers.

Click Here for Registration Packet!

We will spend time talking about why Leadership is not dependent on job title and what skills we need to develop to transform our organizations.  We will learn about Wellness programs and best practices in local government.  With much popularity we will be bringing back our Roundtable and Speed Networking sessions with a fresh slate of topics.  Not to mention great sessions on Capital Budgeting, Strategic Planning, an Economic Update, Property and Sales Tax, Community Grants, Economic Development, and budgeting for Technology to name a few.

We are also excited to announce that Steve Straus will be speaking at the Winter Conference.  He is the President of Developmental Associates and is an engaging speaker/teacher on a myriad of topics.  If you want to learn more about him take a look at his bio: https://www.developmentalassociates.com/about/steve-straus/.

Conference Hotel Rate – $135/night

Reservations must be made on or by November 10th! Call 800-438-5800 to make your reservation.

Social Events – Click Here for Summary

We are trying something new this year – Wednesday night’s Networking Reception will be held off-site in downtown Asheville at the Century Room at  Pack’s Tavern. This reception is included in your conference registration and shuttle service will be provided! If you prefer to drive, we can direct you to public lots nearby!

Plan to stop by the reception, mingle with your fellow attendees, then grab a group and head out to dinner downtown.  Not sure where to go? We’ll have a few suggested options where you can meet up with conference attendees. For questions and suggestions, contact Scott Tesh, City of Winston-Salem, at (336)-747-7095 or josepht@cityofws.org.

The group social activity for Thursday night will be the Asheville Brewery Tour. You’ll have behind-the-scenes access to many local breweries, including meeting with the brew-masters and understanding the brewing process. Led by friendly and knowledgeable tour guides, you’ll get to sample many local brews and seasonal varieties. Mobile tours include Asheville venues such as Highland Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, or Altamont Brewing Company.

The Brewery Tour is $54/person. Payment is by personal check, using the registration form linked below.

Click Here for Thursday Night Event Registration Info

Check out their website for more info, http://ashevillebrewerytours.com/, or contact Lesley Reder, City of Concord, rederl@concordnc.gov with any questions about the reception or brewery tour.

In addition, Asheville is home to all kinds of fun and enjoyable activities, especially during the holidays. The famous Biltmore House will have candlelight Christmas Tours, which you can attend at discounted rates (click here for discount coupon).

Additional information is available by checking out our social activities guide (click here).

The exact agenda will be confirmed closer to the Conference via the NCLGBA ListServ or on this website.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

Heather Drennan, 919-996-4272, heather.drennan@raleighnc.gov

Josh Edwards, 919-462-3852, josh.edwards@townofcary.org

Analysis Brief – September 16, 2013

Some NCLGBA Business to start off:

Charts, Charts & More Charts

Dr. Walden’s Leading Indicator Report shows Positive Signs

“The NCSU INDEX OF NORTH CAROLINA LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS (the “Index”), a forecast of the economy’s direction four to six months ahead, moved in July to its highest level since early 2008. The gain was driven by a substantial drop in initial jobless claims and a modest improvement in the national leading index. All other components of the Index backtracked slightly.”

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 Connaughton also sees growth in 2013 for US, NC

UNC-Charlotte economist, Dr. John Connaughton, presented his latest economic forecast on September 10th. Among his predictions:

  • 2.1% growth in Gross State Product (GSP) for 2013, below the 2.7% pace in 2012, though growth will be seen across all 15 economic sectors (industries)
  • 2014 GSP Growth projected to be 3.3%, returning to long-term economic average
  • Agriculture will grow 3.5% in 2013, then 16.5% in 2014
  • North Carolina will see net job growth of 53,100 in 2013, additional net 86,000 growth in 2014
  • Growth pace to accelerate through second half of this year due to increased consumer confidence and improvement in housing market
  • Hospitality and Leisure Services only expected to grow 1.5% in 2013, 1.0% in 2014
  • Despite job growth, unemployment will remain stagnant at 9.0% for 2013 and 2014, due in part to increased labor force participation and lack of substantial growth

 Expansion to remain Steady, Slow

Wells Fargo’s latest outlooks for 2014 and 2015 remain consistent with their forecast for slow, steady growth, with pace similar to the prior four years of overall global economic expansion.

Gas Prices Remain Steady despite Oil Climb

Retail gasoline prices did pick up a little towards the summer, and oil prices have increased recently due to unrest in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. Overall, national and state retail averages remain more than 10% down compared to a year ago.

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Form a longer time horizon, consumers and local governments have seen an annual rate of gasoline price inflation of ~15% or so over the past 7 years.

Other Articles of Note

Academic to lead NC rural economic development (BusinessWeek)

The Rise of Cities and the Mayors who run Them (Governing)

How to Find Time for that Important Project (Michael Hyatt)

Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy (Huffington Post)

The gas tax is running out of gas (News & Observer)

Who will pay for Medicare? (Harvard School of Public Health)