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 ( or Christopher Williams ( 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 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.


#NCLGBA17 IS GOING TO BE AMAZING! (and other details)

Take a look at how amazing this conference is going to be – We are very excited about the session content, our speakers, networking, and yes, for another opportunity to build relationships and partnerships among the many professional and thought leading budget operations from across our great state. Last week, Justin Amos brought you an awesome #NCLGBA17 Summer Conference Preview: Transforming Government by Design! Check out the draft agenda if you have been wondering what other sessions we have in the works – we are busy planning for the conference and want to make sure you’re kept in the loop along the way. At least one member knows how amazing it’s going to be…he was so excited about the conference, he registered twice!


Registration ends in 3 ½ weeks – So, jump on the bandwagon! If you haven’t already, register and please take a few minutes after the holiday to spread the word within your organization about the benefits that you always experience at our budget conferences. We’re going to be downtown on the river this year and very close to the beach; we want to continue having high attended conferences as we grow, welcoming first time attendees and seeing faces from members who were there when it all started. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or one of the NCLGBA’s board members. You can click here for more information on how to register for the conference.


Get on the waiting list for lodging – The cut-off for reservations isn’t until Tuesday, June 20, however, the room block is currently full! If you didn’t get a chance to reserve a room and are interested in attending the conference, please contact Stephen Hawryluk at and a waiting list will be started. We have compiled a list of other hotel options in the area and if there is enough interest, additional rooms may be obtained at the Hilton Riverside. If you currently have a reservation and plan to cancel, please notify Stephen Hawryluk and he will get the reservation transferred to someone on the waiting list.


Again, the Board thanks you for your continued support of the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association and we look forward to seeing you July 12-14 in Wilmington!

2017 Summer Conference “Sneak Peek” – Design Thinking

The summer heat and humidity has arrived and that can mean only one thing…it’s time for you to start planning for your favorite Summer local government budget conference! Yes, #NCLGBA17 will be here in less than two months’ time and your Summer Conference planning committee has been hard at work over the last three months pulling together some fascinating sessions.

Spoiler Alert: We are bringing you a sneak preview of this Summer’s #1 blockbuster of a local government budget conference. On Thursday, July 13th conference attendees will gather in Wilmington at the Hilton Riverside to learn about the concept of Design Thinking within local government from David Phillips, the founder of Faster Glass Consulting. David is known as an Innovation Provocateur, and an expert on design thinking and the culture behind human-centered design.

Here is a recent critic’s review of the session:

It’s clear that companies like Apple, Virgin Airlines, and Disney have mastered the art of designing memorable experiences. But can these same practices be used to improve local government services? In this session, those lucky enough to attend #NCLGBA17, will thoughtfully discuss how agencies and departments around the country are integrating design principles into how they work. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore efforts to improve services and positively impact the lives of citizens AND employees by fostering a culture of Human-Centered Design (HCD). And, because you are such a worthy group, interested conference attendees will have the opportunity for an extended (director’s cut edition) prototype hands-on workshop where small groups will form, problems are drawn out, and a good time will be had by all.

If that review doesn’t convince you on the value of the Summer Conference, I don’t know what will!

Please click here for more information on how to register for the conference and/or to reserve your hotel room in our discounted block rate; very few rooms remain in the block, so reserve your room today!

Apply now for NCLGBA’s Scholarship for the 2017 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 2017 NCLGBA Summer Conference at the Hilton Riverside in Wilmington, NC, July 12-14, 2017.

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 as of Summer 2017?

If you answered yes to the above questions: The application is available here and is due Friday, May 12, 2017. Submission details are included on the application. Recipients will be notified by Friday, May 26.

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!

Reminder of Upcoming Event – Priority-Based Budgeting Workshop

Just a reminder for this upcoming event on April 11 … There are still some spaces remaining, so sign up soon.  More details here.

Resource Exploration, NCLGBA (North Carolina Local Government Budgeting Association), and the City of Durham are proud to present a free dynamic online Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) Workshop in Durham, North Carolina, on April 11, 2017.

This event is free but space is limited and sign-up is required.  Find out more details here: PBB Workshop Event Page & Sign-Up