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)

So, the question remains…if you haven’t registered for #NCLGBA18, what are you waiting for?? Now is the time! Registration closes Monday, June 25, 2018.  If you have not registered yet, (1) go here to register for the conference, and (2) register for the program evaluation course during the pre-conference. The hotel is likely sold out (from what we have been told), so if you need a hotel room, please first call the Atlantic Beach Double Tree (conference hotel) to check to see room availability, then, if nothing is available, please contact Christopher, Michelle, or myself for additional hotel options if needed or just directly contact one of the other hotels in the area.

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!

Announcing the NCLGBA 2018 Summer Conference Scholarship Winners

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

Allyson Beetham
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allysonbeetham/
Twitter: @allysoncbeetham

Will Sigmon
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-sigmon-184077110/
Twitter: @ Will_Sigmon

Please take some time to welcome and congratulate them at the conference and to connect with them on social media!


Apply now for NCLGBA’s Scholarship for the 2018 Summer Conference!

NCLGBA has a Conference Scholarship Program for current masters’ students and/or budget professionals attending a NCLGBA conference for the first time. The scholarship program provides registration fee and 2 nights hotel stay for the upcoming 2018 NCLGBA Summer Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton in Atlantic Beach, NC, July 11-13, 2018.

Should You apply?
– Do you have an interest in a career in North Carolina local government budgeting?
– Are you an active Master’s level student in good standing OR someone who has never attended a NCLGBA conference?
– If you are a student, are you within two years of completing a Master’s degree?
– Do you have a willingness to help generate content for NCLGBA’s website for the next six months (minimum of 2 stories)?

If you answered yes to the above questions: The application is available here and is due Friday, April 20, 2018. Submission details are included on the application. Recipients will be notified by Friday, May 18.

Please help us get the word out 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!

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.

2018 Summer Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration for the NCLGBA’s 2018 Summer Conference, in Atlantic Beach, July 11-13, 2018, is now 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); 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. Feel free to e-mail Teresa (teresaf@carteretcountync.gov) or Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels (conference@nclgba.org) if you have any questions or concerns.

You may also book your hotel room reservations at the conference rate.  Reservations can be made online here or by contacting the hotel at 252-240-1155 with group code “LGB”. The cut-off date is Tuesday, June 19.  Rooms at the group rate will go quickly so please call or click today!

For any Conference questions that you may have, please contact Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels at conference@nclgba.org.

For more conference information, check the “Conferences” page.

Applications for CBEO Certification Due Feburary 9, 2018!

Just quick reminder that if you have passed your certification exams, completed your coursework, and are now ready to get certified as a Budget & Evaluation Officer, you must submit your application to Whitney Afonso at the School of Government by February 9, 2018!

For more information on the certification process please see more details on the “Certification” section of the NCLGBA website and the School of Government’s FAQs.

And as always you can take the exams at the next conference!

NCLGBA Summer 2018 Conference Planning Meeting & Room Block Info

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we would like to invite you all to join us for the Summer ‘18 Conference Planning Committee! The committee meeting will be at the Cumberland County Health Department, 1235 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301 at 12:30PM on Friday, February 9, 2018. The objectives are to:

  • secure volunteer commitments,
  • brainstorm session topics that are exciting and relevant to our members and
  • fellowship with our colleagues while planning the next great conference!


Click here to RSVP for the Planning Committee with your lunch option by Friday, January 26, 2018. For those that are unable to attend, feel free to visit the link to share ideas for session topics and speakers.

As always, thank you all for “banding” together to create great experiences and professional development opportunities for our colleagues across the State. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (Christopher.Williams@mecklenburgcountync.gov) or Michelle (michelle.daniels@raleighnc.gov) via email.

In addition, the room block is now open at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Atlantic Beach! More information is available here; note that some types of rooms may need to be reserved by phone at 252-240-1155 with group code “LGB”.

Thank you,

Christopher and Michelle

Updates to NCLGBA Constitution and By-Laws at 2017 Winter Conference – Final Versions Now Available

The NCLGBA Constitution and By-Laws were updated, in a unanimous vote of the membership present, during the Winter 2017 Budget Conference on December 14, 2017. Highlights of the proposed changes include:

  • Elimination of the associate membership distinction and combining it with active membership. Current membership categories are active, student, and retiree.
  • Addition of a Marketing Coordinator to the NCLGBA Board of Directors. This position will serve a one-year term and be eligible to be elected to an additional two one-year terms and will be responsible for the association’s web site, social media accounts, and other communications to the membership.
  • Cleaning up language for consistency across the by-laws and constitution.

UPDATE – January 8, 2018: The new versions of the NCLGBA Constitution is available here and of the NCLGBA By Laws is available here.

If you have questions about these changes, please contact a member of the NCLGBA Board.

Announcing the NCLGBA 2017 Winter Conference Scholarship Winners

The NCLGBA Board is pleased to announce two scholarship winners for the 2017 Winter Conference:

Colleen Tully
Graduate Fellow, City of Charlotte City Manager’s Office

Ashley Ownbey
Masters in Public Administration & Masters in City & Regional Planning Student, UNC Chapel Hill

Please join us in saying congratulations to the winners adn let’s be sure to make them feel right at home (as we always do) during our three days in Durham next month. Also, please take some time now to connect with them on social media!  They will also be contributing content for NCLBGA over the coming months as part of the scholarship, so watch for more to come.