Announcing the 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Winners

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

Ross Hatton
University of North Carolina Master of Public Administration Candidate; Wake County Budget and Management Services Graduate Intern

Lauren Stepp
Western Carolina University Master of Public Affairs Candidate

Please be sure to introduce yourself to our winners at the summer conference, give a warm welcome, share a little about yourself during the networking breaks (REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO), and hold onto their contact information to make future connections.

Pre-Conference Session Available

The course is Introduction to Program Evaluation, taught by Professor Maureen M. Berner, will be offered as a pre-conference session on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. This course is a consistent favorite and one of the requirements for the Budget and Evaluation Officer Certification program.

Attendees will receive training on evaluating public services and programs. At the end of the course, participants will understand and be able to describe program evaluation, and how it fits with budget planning and implementation. In addition, participants will be able to identify a variety of program evaluation tools, map out a basic evaluation plan that could be used in their office, and understand how to effectively present evaluation results.

Register here:

2019 Summer Conference Registration Extended!

The registration deadline for the 2019 Summer Conference has been extended until Friday June 28th. Please visit the Conferences page for all the details on how to register.

A draft agenda for the conference can be found here. Our conference planners are particularly excited about the following sessions:

  • Leading Emergency Response, Presenter: Brock Long, Hagerty Consulting
    Brock is going to speak to disaster recovery from many different lenses and experiences, most recently as is the former FEMA Director!
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Your Pension, Presenters: Patrick Kinlaw, State Treasurer’s Retirement Systems; Sam Watts, State Treasurer’s Retirement Systems
    A discussion on LGERS increases, oh my!
  • Creating a High Performance Culture – Engaged Employees Transforming Communities, Presenters: Rebecca Jackson, City of Fayetteville; John Werner, Board International
    Our Title Sponsor will help communicate how culture has a lot do with getting good performance, how technology can help!
  • Past President Panel: The Bat-Signal has been answered! Presenters: Past Presidents of NCLGBA
    A reflection on how being a President as part of this fine organization has helped with career!

While registration remains open, the hotel room block at the Embassy Suites has filled. Some other hotel options include:

If you are interested in being added to the waitlist for the room block at the Embassy (in case of cancellations) please email

2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Application is Live

The NCLGBA is excited to announce that the application period for the 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Program is now open!

The Association extends financial support through this program to first-time attendees, which includes MPA students, interns, and professionals in our field who have never previously attended and NCLGBA conference. The NCLGBA scholarship recipient will receive one (1) paid conference registration fee and two (2) nights hotel stay for the 2019 Summer NCLGBA Conference in Wilmington at the Embassy Suites from July 10th through July 12th. The 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Application is available here or on our Conference Information page. All applications are due by midnight, Friday, May 10th. Eligible applicants should submit their application via e-mail to with #NCLGBA Scholarship Program in the subject line. Award recipients will be notified by Friday, May 31st, 2019.

Feel free to contact Michelle Daniels, NCLGBA 1st Vice President, with any questions. If you or someone you know is interested in attending an outstanding budget conference as a 2019 scholarship winner, we encourage you to apply or pass along this announcement.

Pop-Up Conference Session Materials Now Online

On April 5, 2019, NCLGBA partnered with the Appalachian State University Local Government Alumni Association to host a Pop-Up Conference in Clemmons, NC. Session materials from this one-day conference are now available in our resource archive with other past conference presentations. Topics covered include Debt Management, Power BI, and a Legislative Update.

If you have suggestions for future conference topics, please reach out to us by emailing

NCLGBA Board Nominations Now Open

Are you looking to get more involved with the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA)?

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 three great opportunities: 3rd Vice President, City At-Large, and County At-Large.

Below is a quick introduction into the roles and responsibilities of the 3rd Vice President and At-Large Board Members:

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 strategic plan initiatives, website content development, 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.

Please send nominations or questions to Stephen Hawryluk, NCLGBA President. All nominations are due Friday, April 12, 2019.

April Pop-up Conference Registration Now Open

Registration for the joint ASULGAA-NCLGBA Pop-up Conference is now open!

The conference will take place April 4-5, 2019, at the Village Inn Event Center in Clemmons, NC located at 6205 Ramada Dr., Clemmons, NC 27012.  Thursday kicks off with a golf tournament tentatively scheduled to start at 10:00am and a great networking reception is planned for that evening.  Friday’s conference activities will consist of three sessions, including:

  • Capital Planning & Debt Management, presented by First Tryon Advisors,
  • The Power of BI, presented by Keith Lane, and a
  • Revenue Roundtable and Legislative Update, presented by Chris Nida and Caitlin Saunders

A draft agenda will be sent out in by next week.  The Friday sessions will conclude no later than 3:00pm.

To register, complete and submit the registration form.  If you are interested in golfing and would like to submit a partner or foursome, please e-mail Justin Hembree with that information.

The Village Inn has a room block set up under the group code “ASULGAA”.  The rate is extremely affordable at $86 per night.

We have many members and sponsors that overlap between our two excellent associations.  This is going to be a great opportunity to showcase what NCLGBA is all about and spread budgeting knowledge to other North Carolina public servants, sponsors, and students.  Let’s make this a great event and enjoy the benefits of networking with our partner organizations in NC!

Please direct questions to Brian Pahle or Megan Powell.

Summer 2019 Conference Registration and Room Block Now Open

Registration and room block for the 2019 Summer Conference is now open!

Registrations can be made by credit card or check. Every attendee must fill out their own registration form. More detailed directions for registration can be found on the Conference Information page.

Reservations for the conference hotel – the Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront – can be made online or by phone at 1-(800)-HILTONS using group code LGB. A deposit of one night’s cost (including taxes) is due at the time of reservation and refundable up to 72 hours before the hotel stay. Additional information can be found on the Conference Information page.

The deadline for both conference registration and reserving at the group rate is Sunday, June 9, 2019. Continue to watch the website and listserv for future Summer 2019 Conference news and updates!

Save the Date: ASU/NCLGBA Pop-Up Conference

We are excited to announce an upcoming networking and learning opportunity!  In partnership with the Appalachian State University Local Government Alumni Association (ASULGAA), we will be hosting a pop-up conference in Winston-Salem, NC on April 4th and 5th 2019.

The two boards are busy finalizing all the details, but we do know the general outline of conference events, including a fantastic golf tournament and dinner planned for Thursday, April 4th, and a full-day of conference programming on Friday, April 5th.  The programming will include topics on debt management, Power BI, and an afternoon dedicated to the NCLM revenue update and general revenue roundtable for FY19-20.  Come join us for an opportunity to expand your professional knowledge and to meet other local government professionals from another one of our great North Carolina associations.

Look for more registration and lodging details on the listserv and website in the coming months.  We look forward to seeing you in April!


2019 Summer Conference Planning Meeting

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we invite you to the 2019 Summer Conference Planning Meeting on Friday, February 15, 2019!

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. network with state-wide colleagues!

Click here to RSVP (yes or no) by Friday, February 1, 2019. 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 in downtown Raleigh between 12pm-4pm at the:

Wake County Justice Center
300 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Lunch (including VG, V, GF, etc.) options will be provided from 12pm-1pm. Select your lunch preference as part of RSVP link above.

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 our conference planners, Christopher Williams or Paarth Mehta.