2017 Winter Conference Draft Agenda

Still deciding on whether you’ll be attending the upcoming 2017 NCLGBA Winter Conference in Durham? We have a number of new sessions and activities on the agenda…for example, a pre-conference workshop starting at 11AM on Wednesday and the 1st annual 5k and Social Event Thursday evening!

Registration has been extended to Tuesday, November 28, to match the deadline for the hotel block. Check out the full draft agenda and register now!

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 vogtaward@nclgba.org 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 jamos@charlottenc.gov 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: https://nclgba.wufoo.com/forms/nclgba-2017-winter-conference-registrationcredit/

On-line Check* Registration Form: https://nclgba.wufoo.com/forms/nclgba-2017-winter-conference-registrationcheck/

*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 (teresaf@carteretcountync.gov) 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 stephenh@cityofws.org, 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 Michelle.Daniels@raleighnc.gov or (919) 996-2623 or Christopher Williams at Christopher.Williams@mecklenburgcountync.gov or 980-314-2932.


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

Michelle and Christopher

Join or Renew Your NCLGBA Membership for 2017-18

It’s that time again – time to renew your NCLGBA membership for 2017-18! 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:

• 2017 Winter Conference at the Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC, December 13-15, 2017.
• 2018 Summer Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton, Atlantic Beach, NC, July 11-13, 2018.

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; or administrative officers in operating departments of your government, public utility, or school units having budget and evaluation responsibilities.

2017 NCLGBA Winter Conference Planning Committee Meeting

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we would like to announce and invite you to join us at the upcoming 2017 NCLGBA Winter Conference Planning Committee Meeting. The meeting will be held Friday, September 15th beginning at 12:30 pm at the Durham Solid Waste Management Auditorium 1833 Camden Ave. Durham, NC 27704.

Some of the responsibilities of the Planning Committee include selecting session topics, scheduling engaging speakers, and moderating, presenting, or facilitating conference sessions. We lean very heavily on your involvement to develop conference content that is exciting, relevant, and provides valuable professional development.

If you have an interest in becoming more involved with the association and would like an opportunity to assist in developing the conference agenda and sessions, please RSVP to Michelle Daniels (michelle.daniels@raleighnc.gov) or Christopher Williams (christopher.williams@mecklenburgcountync.gov) by Friday, September 1st so we can plan accordingly for the conference room layout and lunch. If you are unable to attend our conference planning meeting, but you still have ideas for session topics or speakers, please send them to us prior to the planning meeting so that we can include your suggestions in our discussion. Some of you have already taken the initiative to offer suggestions and your ideas are very much appreciated!

In addition to planning with us, please place the Winter Conference on your calendar and reserve your room! The conference will be held at the Washington Duke Inn from December 13th through the 15th. The room block is now 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. An official invitation from the hotel is below.

We really appreciate your time and commitment to the NCLGBA. We couldn’t offer such great conferences without your networks, ideas, drive and endless effort to piece all the details together with us. Thank you in advance for your willingness to volunteer and to help make this another great Budget Conference in Durham.


NCLGBA “Road Show” … Coming to a university near you!

Yes, that’s right, we have a road show!  Starting in January 2017, the NCLGBA Board has started to reach out to Public Administration programs state-wide in an effort to advance the NCLGBA mission by promoting the budgeting profession through education, networking, and advocacy.  These “road shows” take the form of a class or an extended presentation and help give students a new insight on how local government and budgeting work from a practitioner’s perspective while also helping NCLGBA as an organization to spread the word about our membership and mission.

Professor Paarth

The first class was at Appalachian State University in January where Josh Edwards, Paarth Mehta, and Brian Pahle assisted with teaching a class for the MPA program where they provided real-world insight from a practitioner’s perspective on how local government and budgeting work, as well as information on NCLGBA.  The second presentation was at UNC Charlotte’s MPA program where Paarth and Justin Amos talked about NCLGBA, the 2017 Summer Conference, and the NCLGBA Conference Scholarships (now closed for Summer 2017).  Justin was happy to report that the class was genuinely interested in the organization and the conference, and had questions about the organization and budgeting as a profession.  Paarth even talked former Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton, now teaching in the MPA program, to have us come back to UNC Charlotte in the fall for a longer presentation/class!

The NCLGBA Board would like to get this program into every MPA program in the state as we advance our mission of education and advocacy.  To do that we need help from program alumni!  If you’re interested, please contact admin@nclgba.org and include the program you graduated from, or are currently a part of, and we’ll follow up with you with more information.


Announcing the NCLGBA 2017 Summer Conference Scholarship Winners

The NCLGBA Board is pleased to announce three scholarship winners for the 2017 Summer Conference:

Sarah Coffey
Budget & Evaluation Analyst, City of Winston-Salem
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Michelle Mills
Public Information Officer, Alamance County
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Justin Stirewalt
Detective, Surry County Sheriff’s Office
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Please take some time to welcome them at the conference and 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.