NCLGBA launches Career Gateway for member job announcements

NCLGBA launches Career Gateway for member job announcements

Last week, the NCLGBA Board chose to launch a new website that will focus primarily on job announcements for budget, financial, and management positions with member jurisdictions. The site will also provide links and information on other public sector and budget sector job sites, as well as occasional links to articles that will be of interest to those looking for work.

Any jurisdiction with membership in NCLGBA can have their job announcements related to budget, finance, or management positions posted to the new NCLGBA Career Gateway. A link is located in the sidebar of this site, or it can accessed directly at

We will do our best to catch job postings made to the NCLGBA listserv and post them to the site. However, to ensure that your posting makes it, you can send a copy to

The header for each job announcement post will contain the position title, jurisdiction, and closing date. Postings have already been added, so take a look at the Career Gateway today!

Stay tuned for future updates on this and other developments with NCLGBA online.

Big Accounting Firm Providing Free Online Courses

PriceWaterhouseCoopers has launched a new site, PwC Open University, where individuals can obtain free, online courses on a variety of accounting and finance-related topics. These courses were developed by PwC staff and include recorded and live sessions, potentially eligible for CPE credits.

Link to PwC Open University

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Free Online “University” Makes Its Debut

Springsted offers Newsletter

In continuing to identify and distribute information on various resources available to government finance professionals, I stumbled on a newsletter you can download through Springsted, a recognized financial advisory firm.

The Springsted Letter (current issue link & archive)

(From Springsted website) On a regular basis, the firm publishes a newsletter that communicates information about public finance to our clients and friends. For each issue, we highlight several unique projects in housing and economic development, management services and capital financing throughout the regions we serve. The Springsted Letter also showcases the firm’s service offerings, points out several helpful Web sites, introduces new staff and reports the latest news at Springsted.

Click here to download their current issue (PDF)

New UNC MPA Capstone Papers – Now Available Online

New UNC MPA Capstone Papers – Now Available Online

Last month, the UNC School of Government MPA Class of 2011 presented their Capstone papers during their annual conference. I had the opportunity to attend this conference and was once again impressed with the professional research, investigation, and analysis provided by these students on a variety of topics pertinent to public administration and local government.

The School of Government has now published these papers online for review and utilization. Several papers focus on issues related to finance and budgeting, as well as other subjects of interest to our membership that include:

Business as Usual or Political Suicide: Property Tax Increases in North Carolina — Lana Hygh

The Food Fight: An Examination of the Prepared Meals and Beverage Tax as a Viable Revenue Generation Source in North Carolina D’Anna Wade

Pension Obligation Bonds: Are States and Localities Behaving Themselves or Do the Feds Need to Get Involved? — Allan Beckmann

The Why’s and How’s of Citizen Satisfaction Surveys: An Examination of the Relationships between Data Use and Achieving Desired Outcomes Among National Citizen Survey Participants — Bo Gattis

Collaboration Incentives: Local Government Experiences with ARRA — Catherine Durham

Managerial Effect: Comparing Forms of Local Government — Terry Waterfield

Municipal PerformanceStat: How is Success Defined? What Factors Contribute to Success? — Jonathan Palmer

The Role of North Carolina County Finance Departments in Emergency Management — Daniel Sargent

Employee Perceptions of Furlough Fairness: The UNC-Chapel Hill Case — Ingrid Rosiuta

Special thanks to Susan Lynch and the UNC School of Government staff for taking care of posting these papers online.