Announcing the 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Winners

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

Ross Hatton
University of North Carolina Master of Public Administration Candidate; Wake County Budget and Management Services Graduate Intern

Lauren Stepp
Western Carolina University Master of Public Affairs Candidate

Please be sure to introduce yourself to our winners at the summer conference, give a warm welcome, share a little about yourself during the networking breaks (REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO), and hold onto their contact information to make future connections.

Pre-Conference Session Available

The course is Introduction to Program Evaluation, taught by Professor Maureen M. Berner, will be offered as a pre-conference session on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. This course is a consistent favorite and one of the requirements for the Budget and Evaluation Officer Certification program.

Attendees will receive training on evaluating public services and programs. At the end of the course, participants will understand and be able to describe program evaluation, and how it fits with budget planning and implementation. In addition, participants will be able to identify a variety of program evaluation tools, map out a basic evaluation plan that could be used in their office, and understand how to effectively present evaluation results.

Register here:

2019 Summer Conference Registration Extended!

The registration deadline for the 2019 Summer Conference has been extended until Friday June 28th. Please visit the Conferences page for all the details on how to register.

A draft agenda for the conference can be found here. Our conference planners are particularly excited about the following sessions:

  • Leading Emergency Response, Presenter: Brock Long, Hagerty Consulting
    Brock is going to speak to disaster recovery from many different lenses and experiences, most recently as is the former FEMA Director!
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Your Pension, Presenters: Patrick Kinlaw, State Treasurer’s Retirement Systems; Sam Watts, State Treasurer’s Retirement Systems
    A discussion on LGERS increases, oh my!
  • Creating a High Performance Culture – Engaged Employees Transforming Communities, Presenters: Rebecca Jackson, City of Fayetteville; John Werner, Board International
    Our Title Sponsor will help communicate how culture has a lot do with getting good performance, how technology can help!
  • Past President Panel: The Bat-Signal has been answered! Presenters: Past Presidents of NCLGBA
    A reflection on how being a President as part of this fine organization has helped with career!

While registration remains open, the hotel room block at the Embassy Suites has filled. Some other hotel options include:

If you are interested in being added to the waitlist for the room block at the Embassy (in case of cancellations) please email

2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Application is Live

The NCLGBA is excited to announce that the application period for the 2019 Summer 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 Summer NCLGBA Conference in Wilmington at the Embassy Suites from July 10th through July 12th. The 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Application is available here or on our Conference Information page. All applications are due by midnight, Friday, May 10th. Eligible applicants should submit their application via e-mail to with #NCLGBA Scholarship Program in the subject line. Award recipients will be notified by Friday, May 31st, 2019.

Feel free to contact Michelle Daniels, 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.

Summer 2019 Conference Registration and Room Block Now Open

Registration and room block for the 2019 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 Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront – can be made online or by phone at 1-(800)-HILTONS using group code LGB. A deposit of one night’s cost (including taxes) is due at the time of reservation and refundable up to 72 hours before the 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 Sunday, June 9, 2019. Continue to watch the website and listserv for future Summer 2019 Conference news and updates!

2019 Summer Conference Planning Meeting

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we invite you to the 2019 Summer Conference Planning Meeting on Friday, February 15, 2019!

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, February 1, 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 Raleigh between 12pm-4pm at the:

Wake County Justice Center
300 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Lunch (including VG, V, GF, etc.) options will be provided from 12pm-1pm. Select your lunch preference as part of RSVP 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, Christopher Williams or Paarth Mehta.