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 michelle.daniels@raleighnc.gov 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.

Pop-Up Conference Session Materials Now Online

On April 5, 2019, NCLGBA partnered with the Appalachian State University Local Government Alumni Association to host a Pop-Up Conference in Clemmons, NC. Session materials from this one-day conference are now available in our resource archive with other past conference presentations. Topics covered include Debt Management, Power BI, and a Legislative Update.

If you have suggestions for future conference topics, please reach out to us by emailing conference@nclgba.org.

NCLGBA Board Nominations Now Open

Are you looking to get more involved with the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA)?

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 three great opportunities: 3rd Vice President, City At-Large, and County At-Large.

Below is a quick introduction into the roles and responsibilities of the 3rd Vice President 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.  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 strategic plan initiatives, website content development, 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.

Please send nominations or questions to Stephen Hawryluk, NCLGBA President. All nominations are due Friday, April 12, 2019.

April Pop-up Conference Registration Now Open

Registration for the joint ASULGAA-NCLGBA Pop-up Conference is now open!

The conference will take place April 4-5, 2019, at the Village Inn Event Center in Clemmons, NC located at 6205 Ramada Dr., Clemmons, NC 27012.  Thursday kicks off with a golf tournament tentatively scheduled to start at 10:00am and a great networking reception is planned for that evening.  Friday’s conference activities will consist of three sessions, including:

  • Capital Planning & Debt Management, presented by First Tryon Advisors,
  • The Power of BI, presented by Keith Lane, and a
  • Revenue Roundtable and Legislative Update, presented by Chris Nida and Caitlin Saunders

A draft agenda will be sent out in by next week.  The Friday sessions will conclude no later than 3:00pm.

To register, complete and submit the registration form.  If you are interested in golfing and would like to submit a partner or foursome, please e-mail Justin Hembree with that information.

The Village Inn has a room block set up under the group code “ASULGAA”.  The rate is extremely affordable at $86 per night.

We have many members and sponsors that overlap between our two excellent associations.  This is going to be a great opportunity to showcase what NCLGBA is all about and spread budgeting knowledge to other North Carolina public servants, sponsors, and students.  Let’s make this a great event and enjoy the benefits of networking with our partner organizations in NC!

Please direct questions to Brian Pahle or Megan Powell.

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!

Save the Date: ASU/NCLGBA Pop-Up Conference

We are excited to announce an upcoming networking and learning opportunity!  In partnership with the Appalachian State University Local Government Alumni Association (ASULGAA), we will be hosting a pop-up conference in Winston-Salem, NC on April 4th and 5th 2019.

The two boards are busy finalizing all the details, but we do know the general outline of conference events, including a fantastic golf tournament and dinner planned for Thursday, April 4th, and a full-day of conference programming on Friday, April 5th.  The programming will include topics on debt management, Power BI, and an afternoon dedicated to the NCLM revenue update and general revenue roundtable for FY19-20.  Come join us for an opportunity to expand your professional knowledge and to meet other local government professionals from another one of our great North Carolina associations.

Look for more registration and lodging details on the listserv and website in the coming months.  We look forward to seeing you in April!

 

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.

#NCLGBA18 Recap Series: “Take Me Back”

Over the last few weeks, we have featured reflections on the 2018 Winter Conference. 

Our final #NCLGBA18 Conference Recap comes from Brian Pahle, Assistant City Manager, City of Hendersonville.

Winter Conference 2018 at Dugan’s…I mean Pinehurst…Take me Back

It wasn’t long into my four hour drive from the sand hills of eastern NC back to my home in Hendersonville that I dove into a deep mental sabbatical pondering the happenings of the conference and what it means to be a local government professional in North Carolina. These monotonous travels are no stranger to me and have become one of my favorite times to reflect. So, it is no wonder that upon returning home I was well prepared to write a conference recap at the request of our great Marketing Coordinator, Heather Curry! This conference was truly special and as many conferences do, generated a thought-provoking, creative, mind befuddling response from my inner psyche. I left this conference feeling proud, concerned, enlightened, and inspired all at the same time. My reflection below will explain each of these moments.

A Sense of Pride and Hope in our Profession

The best part about these conferences is that I get the opportunity to interact with and learn from people that are much more intelligent than myself. When I first joined the Association in 2014 I did not quite know what to expect. Would it be all technical, would I relate with other members and make friends, or would it be more continuous education similar to the UNC School of Government’s courses? To my pleasant surprise, I stumbled upon an active, dedicated, inspiring, and fun membership that made me feel welcome. These members were sharing ideas, thinking creatively, and strategizing together about how to solve current local issues.

This past conference promised a powerful agenda and a room full of even more powerful speakers…and it DELIVERED! I left this conference feeling extremely proud that I get to interact with such a talented group of individuals. I also, felt a sense of hope that our future local government professionals will continue to improve on the path that has been already forged before us. From sharing the stage with superwoman Heather Drennan and an amazing leader Brian Barnett, to exchanging ideas at Dugan’s on career advancement with Eric Olmedo, and meeting an inspiring and confident young student who is interested in a budget career in Zach Lewis. All of these interactions, plus many more, highlight how diverse, exemplary, and talented our Association members are. The more we have the opportunity to share ideas and demonstrate our own unique strategies and qualities the better. We have a great Association that enables and encourages exactly that and I could not be more proud to be a member.

Concerning Trends – Help!

Something that had everyone in the room nodding was affordable housing and infrastructure needs. I found myself holding my jaw up as Jeff Staudinger rattled off the number of affordable units needed in various cities across our State. As Julie Porter discussed the Charlotte project, I sat silently thinking about our existing undocumented/unregulated 100 year old landfill that is currently playing a role in a brownfield redevelopment for our revival of on old mill building for affordable housing. What left me feeling most concerned was thinking about the infrastructure sitting idly by that is needed to support these housing projects and other critical economic functions of a successful local economy. Dr. Mike Walden highlighted the importance roads are going to play in our economic future, and more importantly where the funding will come from to support their construction. Even moreover is the battle of NIMBY-ism and YIMBY-ism that we are seeing everyday as our community battles with the 8 NCDOT projects proposed over the next 5 years. I sat in my car, feeling concerned about how we are going to address these major issues but also feel that we are up to the challenge.

Seeking Enlightenment – NCLGBA Inquire Within

An additional sense of pride, which also lent itself to enlightening my understanding of the profession, resulted from our discussions on equity, inclusion, gender and race. We are a diverse Association and I do not face the same challenges that others in our profession face on a daily basis. So, these sessions were uncharted territory for myself and I am sure many others. Uncharted, unfamiliar, and unknown are not things that scare me nor are they things that I avoid. Quite the opposite, I was excited to have these sessions on the agenda and felt motivated to explore more avenues for equity and inclusion in my work and daily life. The courage our speakers, members, and Association display by taking on these issues is welcomed and revered. I hope to see these continue as I still have so much to learn from our members and friends. Thank you to all of those who made these sessions possible, and let’s keep them going!

I Live for Happiness, Luckily Work is a Part of That

I took one exception with the “Life is Too Short” session and that is that you should not “live to work”. This is certainly applicable if you do not enjoy your job, or you grow frustrated with showing up to work every day. However, for me, this is not the case. I love my job and I love the community I work in. I could not tell you how many times my wife has had to smack me across the head to get me to shut up about my excitement for new storm drains or traffic lights (maybe there is something wrong the way I think, or maybe it is all the smacking, who knows). Nonetheless, I left this conference again, inspired to make improvements in my life and in my community. With the powers of understanding my amygdala hijack and having the right attitude, “I can do this”, I came back to work with a fresh set of tools, ideas, and motivation to help our community succeed. I hope you did too and cannot wait to see you this summer!

P.S. – Rumor has it that Josh Edwards is leading a session on how to champion a culture of innovation at work at the summer 2019 conference #DurhamiTeamRocks #TheChampsHere

Strategic Plan Finalized

The North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) Board of Directors adopted a revised strategic plan at our board meeting prior to the start on the 2018 NCLGBA Winter Conference on December 12, 2018.

This post is meant to provide background on how we got to where we are today, as well as plans for the next few years. The full plan can be found here.

History/Background

In the summer of 2016, the idea of developing and adopting a revised strategic plan for the NCLGBA was discussed and ultimately agreed upon at the Summer Conference board meeting. It seemed every board meeting would revolve around the same 4-5 topics with some headway, but for the most part, no definitive goal or strategy for the issues identified. During the board meeting immediately prior to the 2017 Summer Conference, a formal planning process was proposed. In early February 2018, the NCLGBA Board of Directors distributed an online survey regarding the NCLGBA, its conferences, and the budgeting profession. While meant to gather member input on a variety of areas, it also became an additional asset in starting out our strategic planning discussions.

On February 9, 2018, the Board met in Fayetteville, North Carolina for a formal strategic planning session, led by Rebecca Jackson, the Strategic Performance Analytics Director for the City of Fayetteville. At this meeting we reviewed the initial survey results, discussed the current state of the association, and provided our thoughts on where the association is headed. We identified our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and areas for improvement and small groups were formed to farm out updated vision and mission statements.

Later that year, we met prior to the summer conference, on July 10, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Rebecca Jackson again facilitated our discussion where we committed to a new vision and mission statement. We also identified five goals, in the areas of membership, partnerships, student participation, the certified budget and evaluation officer certification program, and sponsorships. In addition to the key questions associated with each goal, we listed out the objectives and performance measures that would allow us to measure our progress over the next three years.

The next few months involved fine tuning goal statements and performance measures and we held a final discussion in the fall at our board meeting on September 21, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The draft plan was then submitted to the NCLGBA listserv for feedback from our membership, and final adjustments were made prior to adoption in December 2018, prior to the start of the winter conference.

Next Steps

The nature of the goals and performance measures will require additional work from the current and future boards. Our intent is not to simply put this plan in a drawer to collect dust until a future board wants to update it again. We will provide updates on our progress at least one per year, either during the business lunch or via concurrent session at the summer or winter conference. We welcome and encourage input from all of our members, and if you want to be more involved, please reach out to myself or any of the other board members.

Stephen Hawryluk, NCLGBA President

#NCLGBA18 Recap Series: Reflection from a First-Time Attendee

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring reflections on the 2018 Winter Conference. If you would like to share your experience, please email admin@nclgba.org.

Our second #NCLGBA18 Conference Recap comes from Dominique Walker, ICMA/NCACC Management Fellow, Bertie County, and 2018 Winter Conference Scholarship Recipient.

The NC Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) Conference exceeded any expectations I had of what the conference experience would be like and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend the event in Pinehurst. When I first applied to the Conference Scholarship, I was hesitant because of my lack of experiences working in the budgeting profession. However, I thought that by applying, it would be the perfect opportunity to network with budget analysts, directors, managers, and others in the profession, as well as learn more about budgeting in general. It was refreshing to see many people from my generation in attendance and serving in different capacities across the field. One of the best components from my time at the conference was the networking experience. I had the opportunity to engage with budgeting professionals from across the state and gain better insight about what it means to be a budget analyst and future local government executive. I appreciated their honesty and transparency about the challenges of working as an analyst as well as some of the more rewarding experiences.

I really enjoyed each of the sessions and I unquestionably learned something new from each of the presentations. The most impactful sessions that resonated with me the most were the Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Leading Women-Perspectives in Leadership and Budget, Data Analytics: the Power of BI, and the Policy Equity & Inclusion: Letting History and Community Voices Guide Institutional Choices sessions. Key takeaways that I learned from the Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Why EQ Matters? session was the understanding of emotional intelligence (EQ) and the difference between IQ and EQ. Understanding how EQ relates to the workplace and leadership success was extremely beneficial and I walked away with new resources on how to approach my daily activities.

Additionally, I really appreciated the discussion from the diverse panelists during the Leading Women-Perspectives in Leadership and Budget session. As a young African-American woman pursuing a career in local government, it was inspiring to see these women share their experiences in the field including what they enjoyed best, the complexities and challenges they have faced, and ways they handle stress and work-family balance. It was also uplifting to network with some of the panelists after the session to have one-on-one conversations that were equipped with much-needed career advice. Based on the Data Analytics: the Power of BI session, I have dedicated myself to learning all that I can about Power BI analytics. It is my hope to incorporate the methods used from the Data Analytics and the Policy Equity & Inclusion sessions into my projects in Bertie County to achieve equitable community engagement.

Overall, I had a tremendous experience as a first-time attendee at the NCLGBA Annual Conference and I walked away with more knowledge about the budgeting profession and how to be a more effective community leader within my field. The engagement and excitement from the attendees and the NCLGBA board was undeniable and I am eager in staying engaged with the NCLGBA. I also look forward to bringing more awareness about the budgeting profession and the NCLGBA to the next generation of public administrators.