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!

2017 Summer Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration for the NCLGBA’s 2017 Summer Conference, July 12-14 in Downtown Wilmington, is now open. The following links will direct you to online conference registration forms:

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Pay by Check

Please note that  every attendee needs to fill out a registration form individually.  

After you complete the registration form, a copy should be emailed to you (check your spam filters).  If you are paying by check, please include a copy of the emailed form with your check.  Please email Bo Gattis, NCLGBA Treasurer, at or Stephen Hawryluk ( if you have any questions or concerns about the registration process.

You may also book your hotel room reservations at the conference rate of $149 per night.  Parking is an additional $11 per night ($15 for valet).  Reservations can be made online here or by contacting the hotel at (910) 763-5900 with group code “LGB”. The cut-off date is Monday, June 20.  Rooms at the group rate will go quickly so please call or click today!

For any Conference questions that you may have, please contact Stephen Hawryluk at / (336) 747-7093 or Michelle Daniels at / (919) 996-2623.

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

2017 NCLGBA Summer 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 Summer Conference Planning Committee Meeting. The meeting will be held Friday, February 24th beginning at 12:00 pm at the City of Raleigh Transportation Field Services Building located at 2550 Operations Way, Raleigh, NC 27604.

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 help shape the conference agenda and sessions, please RSVP to Michelle Daniels ( or Stephen Hawryluk ( by Friday, February 10th 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.

In addition to planning with us, please place the 2017 Summer Conference on your calendar and reserve your room! The conference will be held Downtown Wilmington, NC at the Hilton Riverside from July 12th through the 14th. The room block is open and you can make reservations through the following link Hilton Wilmington Reservations – NCLGBA Summer Conference 2017 or by contacting the hotel at (910) 763.5900 (Group Code: LGB).

We really appreciate your time and commitment to the NCLGBA. We couldn’t pull this off without your connections, ideas, energy and hard work. Thank you in advance for your willingness to volunteer and to help make this another great Budget Conference Downtown on the River.