Nominations Open for 2018 Vogt Award

Nominations for the 2018 A. John “Jack” Vogt Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Advancement of Local Government Budgeting and Evaluation are now open. This career award is the highest annual award presented by the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) to recognize individuals who have served during their careers as innovators and leaders in advancing budget and/or evaluation practices in North Carolina local government. 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 award page. Completed nomination applications should be submitted via email to vogtaward@nclgba.org by 11:59pm on Friday, November 9, 2018. A committee from the NCLGBA Board will review the submissions and present the award at the 2018 Winter Conference during the Thursday luncheon on December 13th, at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, please feel free to contact NCLGBA President Stephen Hawryluk at stephenh@cityofws.org or (336) 747-7093. 

North Carolina has a strong, national reputation as a leader in local government budgeting and evaluation. Please 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.

Final Draft of NCLGBA Strategic Plan Available for Review

The Board is pleased to present the final draft of the new NCLGBA strategic plan. The result of over nine months of work, the draft plan – complete with revised mission, vision, core values, and performance measures – came about as a result of a NCLGBA membership survey that went out in January and February. Member comments were the foundational element used to create the Strategic Plan.

We are now asking for your input! Please take a moment and review the work that has been done to date. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please send your thoughts to Justin Amos, Immediate Past President, or Steve Hawryluk, President, by Friday, November 16, 2018.

At the upcoming Winter Conference, the Board will host a concurrent session to share the plan in more detail. Formal board adoption of the strategic plan will also occur at the Winter Conference.

The Board would also like to thank Rebecca Jackson from the City of Fayetteville for assisting with the creation of this plan. Her guidance and expertise were invaluable.

 

2018 Winter Conference Registration and Scholarship Update

Registration for the 2018 Winter Conference is open. The following links will direct you to online conference registration forms:

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check

Please note that every attendee needs to fill out a registration form individually.

After you complete the form, a copy of your registration should be e-mailed to you (check your spam filters).

Important Information for Payment by Check

If you are paying by check, please include the e-mailed registration form with your check when you mail it to our Treasurer, Teresa Fulk, Carteret County Finance, 302 Courthouse Square, Beaufort, NC 28516.

Please e-mail Teresa (teresaf@carteretcountync.gov) or Christopher Williams and Paarth Mehta (conference@nclgba.org) if you have any registration questions or concerns.

 

The 2018 Winter Conference Scholarship application period is also open. The application is available here and is due Friday, November 2, 2018. Submission details are included on the application. Recipients will be notified by Friday, November 16, 2018.

Please help us get the word out to any MPA student(s) and/or first time attendees you may know, and please apply yourself if you haven’t attended a conference before!

Questions regarding the conference scholarship program can be sent to Michelle Daniels (michelle.daniels@raleighnc.gov).

2018 Winter Conference Room Block Now Open

The room block for the 2018 Winter Conference is open at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC!

The conference will be in the Carolina Hotel from December 12-14. The resort has a number of accommodation options available to conference attendees.

Reservations (Booking ID #72704) may be made via:

Use this form to reserve by e-mail, phone, fax, or mail.

Important Information on Deposit and Cancellations

A deposit equal to one night’s cost is due at time of reservation. Cancellations must be received 30 days prior to the hotel stay in order to be refunded the deposit.

Join or Renew Your NCLGBA Membership for 2018-19

It’s that time again – time to renew your NCLGBA membership for 2018-19! If you are not already a member, this is a great time to join!

The membership renewal letter and forms are available on the membership page here.

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

• 2018 Winter Conference at the Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC, December 12-14, 2018.
• 2019 Summer Conference at the Embassy Suites, Wilmington, NC, July 10-12, 2019.

Please distribute the membership information to others within your jurisdiction that you feel may have an interest in joining the Association. Interested persons might include city or county managers and assistants; budget or finance directors; management and budget analysts; financial management analysts; strategy and performance professionals; or administrative officers in operating departments of your government, public utility, or school units having budget and evaluation responsibilities.

Winter 2018 Conference Planning Meeting

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we invite you to the Winter 2018 Conference – Planning Meeting on Friday, September 21, 2018!

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. networking with state-wide colleagues!

Click here to RSVP (yes or no) by Friday, August 24, 2018. 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 minutes from uptown Charlotte between 12pm-4pm at the:

City of Charlotte Fire Department Headquarters
500 Dalton Street
Charlotte, NC 28206

Lunch (including VG, V, GF, etc.) options will be provided from 12pm-1pm. We’ll follow up in a separate e-mail to get specific lunch information.

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 Christopher or Paarth.

2018 Summer Conference: Presenter Featured on GovLove Podcast

Municipal Equation was not the only local government podcast recorded at the 2018 Summer Conference. After presenting her session “Transformative Policy: What it Takes to Innovate,” Rebecca Jackson was interviewed by GovLove to discuss strategy, performance, and innovation in the City of Fayetteville.

Jackson’s conference session and GovLove interview follow Fayetteville’s recognition as Governing and Living Cities’ 2018 Equipt to Innovate top performer.

Listen to the GovLove episode here: http://elgl.org/2018/07/27/podcast-innovation-rebecca-jackson-fayetteville-nc/

Find Rebecca’s 2018 Summer Conference presentation here: http://nclgba.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-Summer-Transformative-Policy.pdf

 

2018 Summer Conference: A Day at the Beach Podcast

At the 2018 Summer Conference, a live podcast of Municipal Equations was recorded. This is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times brought together by Ben Brown of the N.C. League of Municipalities. The discussion on “A Day at the Beach (The Wild Intersection of Gov’t and Summer Vacation)” had great energy and the podcast production was a neat way to present the material.

http://municipalequation.libsyn.com/ep-54-a-day-at-the-beach-the-wild-intersection-of-govt-and-summer-vacation

Thanks to the shoutout in the podcast from Ben Brown, who thought “the conference itself was really cool and it hit a lot of modern and futuristic topics in the world of government budgeting, spending, and prioritizing. A lot goes into it, way more than any of us think.”

2018 NCLGBA Summer Conference – Agenda Available & Registration Deadline

We are about one month away from #NCLGBA18 Summer Conference at Atlantic Beach!  The conference planning team and our 2018 Conference co-chairs (Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels) have been hard at work (since February!) getting our sessions lined up, talking to potential sponsors, not to mention all of the emails and phone calls that go into planning our conferences.

Over the last few years we have tried to be very intentional in lining up relevant sessions, speakers, and social events to match the expectations of our members. Just a few highlights from Wednesday, July 11, the first day of the conference:

  • NC Politics: We are starting off with a bang! In our very first day we are setting the bar extremely high. The first session is a look is an interactive session on  the upcoming election season and NC politics led by Professor Chris Cooper from Western Carolina. You will want to arrive to the conference early (or at least on time) in order to hear Professor Cooper’s take on a very interesting election coming up later in 2018.
  • City/County Updates: Always a conference highlight, the update from our NCLM and NCACC liaisons will blend very nicely with our first session. Elections. Politics. Chris Nida. What more could you ask for?
  • ELGL:  We are welcoming back some very dear friends of NCLGBA to our Summer Conference! I am very happy to announce that our esteemed colleagues from Engaging Local Government Leaders are flying in all the way from Oregon to be with us again this summer. If you haven’t had the chance to engage with ELGL, this is your chance! We are all excited to catch up with Kirsten and Kent Wyatt to see what they have been up to and to learn about cutting edge trends going on within local governments from across the country. I also heard a rumor about a cage match at #NCLGBA18? But, I’ll leave it to them to fully explain that little mystery! In fact, if you peruse their website, you’ll notice some NCLGBA royalty (past and future Presidents) right there on the ELGL homepage!

We have a lot more in store for you all this summer. This was just a preview of the first day, but expect two more days of learning, socializing, catching up with old and new friends, some great food, and a lot of warm sun! The rest of the conference agenda is available here. (updated to final version – 6/19/18)

(update – registration is now closed.)

Please let the conference planners Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels (conference@nclgba.org) or Justin Amos, NCLBA President, know if you have any questions. We are happy to answer them and we really hope to see you all this summer for #NCLGBA18!