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  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 ( or Christopher Williams and Michelle Daniels ( 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

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 ( or Michelle ( 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.

Jack Vogt Award Nominations for 2017

Dear Local Government Budget Professionals:

I’m writing to announce and encourage nominations for the 2017 A. John “Jack” Vogt Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Advancement of Local Government Budgeting and Evaluation.  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 who 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 NCLGBA’s website. Completed nomination applications should be submitted via email to by 11:59pm Friday, November 17, 2017.  A committee from the NCLGBA will review the submissions and present the award at the 2017 Winter Budget Conference on Thursday, December 14th during the Thursday luncheon held in Durham, NC at the Washington Duke Inn.  If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, please feel free to contact me at or (704) 336-5022.

North Carolina has a strong, national reputation as a leader in local government budgeting and evaluation.  I hope you will take this opportunity to recognize those who’ve earned us this reputation and charted new paths for all of us to emulate.

I look forward to reading this year’s nominations!

Thank you,

Justin Amos
2017-2018 President, NCLGBA

2017 Winter Conference: Washington Duke – Coming soon so register now!

2017 Winter Conference: Washington Duke Inn – Durham, NC

The 2017 NCLGBA Winter Conference is a little over two months away! We are looking forward to kicking things off with a pre-conference workshop on Tax and Fee Compliance from Indiana University. Our keynote speaker is Sreedhari Desai, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. CIGNA, a long-time Presenting Sponsor, will present on Wellness Workplace Programs. We’ll hear from dynamic speakers like Lee Worsley, Executive Director of the Triangle J Council of Governments and Melody Warnick, author of “This is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are”. Also planned are sessions on the topics of budget transparency technology tools, strategic planning and performance management.

The 45 member planning committee submitted so many great ideas that the agenda is already shaping up with an engaging slate of sessions – we just need your presence in Durham to make this conference another success!


Conference Registration:

Registration for the NCLGBA’s 2017 Winter Conference in Durham, December 13-15 is now open. The links below will direct you to online conference registration forms where you can register and pay by credit card or register and pay by mailing in a check*. More conference registration information is attached.

On-line Credit Card Registration Form and Payment:

On-line Check* Registration Form:

*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. Please be sure you highlight the new remit to address when you submit the check request to your A/P department. Feel free to e-mail Teresa ( or myself if you have any questions or concerns.


Hotel Reservations:

The conference rate for the Washington Duke Inn is $149/per night. The room block is open and you can make reservations through the following link N.C. Local Gov’t Budget Assoc. or by contacting the hotel at (919) 490-0999 and mentioning the N.C. Local Gov’t Budget Assoc. (Group ID: 554597) guest room block. The current cut-off for room reservations is Sunday, November 28, 2017.


2017 NCLGBA Winter Conference Scholarship:

The NCLGBA is excited to extend financial support through the 2017 NCLGBA Winter Conference Scholarship Program to all first-time attendees, which includes MPA students, interns, new professionals to our field or to the Conference itself.  The scholarship provides conference registration and two nights hotel stay to attend the upcoming winter conference. Please find the 2017 Winter Conference Scholarship Application here.  All applications are due by midnight, Friday, October 27th.  Please contact Stephen Hawryluk, NCLGBA 1st Vice President at, if you or someone you know is interested in attending another outstanding budget conference as a 2017 scholarship winner.


Conference Questions?
Contact Michelle Daniels, at or (919) 996-2623 or Christopher Williams at or 980-314-2932.


Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in the Bull City!

Michelle and Christopher