Sponsor Spotlight: Summer 2021 Conference Sponsors

NCLGBA recently held our first in-person conference since December 2019! The event provided an exciting opportunity to network at a safe distance in-person and continue to bring high-quality content to our members. One of the factors that made the conference a success was the generosity of our sponsors. Check them out below. Thank you again for your support of NCLGBA!

Summer 2021 Conference Sponsor Information

Presenting/Title Sponsors

Civic Federal Credit Union (Brochure) (Video)

Governor’s Commission

Debt Book (Flyer) (Video)

Local Government Federal Credit Union (Brochure) (UNC SOG Scholarship Info) (Products & Services) (Video)

Gallagher (Handout) (NCHIP Info) (Video)

Mark III (Video)

First Tryon (Video)

Legislative Committee

ADW Architects (Handout) (Video)

Oracle (Brochure) (Self-Service Advice and Guidance) (Video)

Edifice General Contractors (Video)


MGT Consulting Group (Overview)

Davenport Public Finance


Public Input

ClearPoint Strategy

#NCLGBA21 Recap Series: A Joy to Come Back Together

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring reflections on the 2021 Summer Conference. If you would like to share your experience, please email admin@nclgba.org.

Our first #NCLGBA21 Conference Recap comes from Kimberly Leonard, Budget Manager at Pender County.

July 21st, I was excited to return to the first in person NCLGBA conference since December 2019. Although the NCLGBA conferences seem to always exhibit a lot of Board generated enthusiasm; this year, you could feel an elevated level of energy erupting from the 157 registered participants, who appeared delighted to have direct contact with fellow budgeteers.

Many of us returned knowing our revenue projections for the last two years had larger variances to actual than any time in our county’s recorded past because of unknown COVID impacts. Soon after the  conference began, these variances were put into perspective and our self-confidence began to return as one of the larger counties reported a 69% variance in their sales tax projections. This was followed by economist Dr. Adam Jones confessing his previous economic projections had been off target due to the unknowns accompanying our first large pandemic. Due to the continuing unknowns, Dr. Jones provided us with a lot of information to assist in developing our own economic projections, including reasons for the previous economic assumption variances.

The economic update session was followed by numerous educational opportunities, from technical sessions, such as recommendations for your ARP and CARES funding, performance culture, problem solving, data presentations and diversity; to sessions on professional relationships, including relationships with elected officials and careers in budgeting, and  even personal sessions, such as personal financial health impacts on personal health and desk yoga. A few of my biggest takeaways from these sessions were:

  • Employees’ personal financial issues may be costing my county an estimated $2,250,000 in lost productivity.
  • Measuring our County’s budget expenditure percentages by county objective versus by department would help merge our perception with reality. In addition, it would aid in creating a county wide perspective within departments.
  • You should establish a method for personal development for your employees before they are ever hired, to aid in employee retention.
  • When working with your County Commissioners always recognize their time limitations and give them bullet points. Provide information in small pieces over a period of time.

Although we learned a lot from the seminars, we also learned a significant amount from interacting with other participants. The reception Wednesday night not only provided a great social opportunity, but was accompanied with great food and drinks, such as a grits and shrimp bar, cupcakes, crab cakes, and fried pimento cheese. In addition to making great connections and obtaining productive suggestions for a few budgeting obstacles, I also obtained a list of great sightseeing ideas for my Asheville vacation in November. The comraderies and relationships that we developed will continue to grow in years to come.

As we return to work to implement and utilize a lot of the knowledge obtained from this conference, I hope everyone who worked to make this event such a great success realizes the impact of their efforts. Thank you to all who contributed to the success.

Conference Materials Now Available Online

Presentations and handouts from the Summer 2021 Conference are now available online. Find them here, or in the Resource Archive.

A final thank you to our sponsors, conference planning committee, and moderators who helped make the Summer 2021 Conference a success! If you have suggestions for future conference topics or are interested in helping with a future conference, please reach out to us by emailing conference@nclgba.org.

Summer 2021 Conference Agenda

Happy Monday! We are a short two days away from our 2021 Summer Conference!

The final conference agenda can be found here. In addition to a great agenda, we are looking for eager volunteers to help with the registration desk, authoring conference recaps, and getting active on social media. If you have any interest in helping us out during the conference, please email conference@nclgba.org and specify how you would like to help.

Safe travels to Wilmington and see you soon!

NCLGBA Budget Buzz Newsletter, Q3 Edition

Hello Budgeteers,

The third issue of the NCLGBA Budget Buzz newsletter is here! Check it out for a sneak peek of the upcoming Summer 2021 Conference and an article about various uses of COVID relief grant funding in North Carolina. Enjoy and hope to see you – in Wilmington or virtually – at the Summer 2021 Conference!

2021 Summer Conference Scholarship Application is Live

The Board is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021 Summer Conference in Wilmington from July 21 – 23. All applications are due by 11:59PM EST on Thursday, June 3, 2021. Eligible applicants should submit their application via email to scholarship@nclgba.org with the subject line #NCLGBA Scholarship Program. Scholarship recipient(s) will receive a paid registration and two-night hotel stay for the 2021 Summer Conference in Wilmington from July 21-23, 2021. Also, as an option, the recipient can opt to attend the conference virtually and receive up-to $250 for a NCLGBA Board approved professional development opportunity.

Eligible applicants are first-time conference attendees, which include MPA students, interns, and professionals in our field. The 2021 Summer Conference Scholarship Application is attached and available on the website by clicking here.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending the NCLGBA 2021 Summer Conference as a scholarship winner, I encourage you to apply or pass along this announcement. Please check out the NCLGBA website for information and updates about the upcoming conference. For any questions, feel free to email scholarship@nclgba.org.

2021 Summer Conference – Registration Open!

Registration for the 2021 Summer Conference, to be held in person July 21-23, 2021, is now open!

We are acting on your feedback regarding COVID precautions by expanding into a larger conference space and requiring masks and social distancing. We’ve also added an agreement to our registration links, asking participants to stay home if sick and comply with any COVID-related precautions. Our moderators and conference planners are working hard to plan great content and a safe experience for all our members. We will also have a virtual attendance option for the general sessions only.

Head over to the Conferences page for all the details.

If you have any questions, please direct them to conference@nclgba.org.

Membership for FY21 is Open

Check out the Membership page for details on joining or renewing your membership with NCLGBA.

Virtual Conference Materials Now Available Online

Presentations and videos from the Winter 2020 Virtual Conference are now available online. Find them here, or in the Resource Archive.

A final thank you to our sponsors, conference planning committee, and moderators who helped make the Winter 2020 Virtual Conference a success! If you have suggestions for future conference topics or are interested in helping with a future conference, please reach out to us by emailing conference@nclgba.org.

RSVP to the Summer 2021 Conference Planning Meeting

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we invite you to the NCLGBA 2021 Summer Conference – Virtual Planning Meeting on Friday, February 19th, 2021!

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. networking with state-wide colleagues!

Click here to RSVP (yes or no) by Friday, February 5th, 2021. All local government budget professionals are welcome to attend! 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 with other conference opportunities.

Join us via Zoom, meeting invitation to be sent at a later date.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When and where is the 2021 Summer Conference?

The 2021 Summer Conference will be held July 14th – 16th and is currently being planned to take place in person at the Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront.

Will CBEO exams be offered at the planning meeting?

No, we are hoping to schedule exams for a different date.  Please keep an eye to the listserv for further updates on CBEO exam opportunities.

Is the Planning Meeting only meant for Board Members?

No, all local government budget professionals are welcome! Even if you do finance, strategic planning, or data analytics you are welcome!

If you can’t make it, the best way to share with us your ideas is through the RSVP link and then Heather can follow up accordingly. She will be sure to include it as part of our presentation, so if someone wants to moderate such a session then she’d connect both of you.

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 Heather Curry or Brian Pahle.

#NCLGBA20 Recap Series: Public Servants Facing ‘Wicked Problems’

Over the next few weeks, we have been featuring reflections on the 2020 Virtual Winter Conference. Our final #NCLGBA20 Conference Recap comes from Vincent Roberts, Budget & Management Analyst with Guilford County.

In a year like no other, public servants deserved a conference like no other, and that is exactly what NCLGBA was able to deliver with the 2020 Virtual Winter Conference.  From a global pandemic to social justice, 2020 was a year of many firsts for the public sector.  Many of these instances proved to be extremely difficult topics to not only discuss in a professional manner, but also to willingly address directly.  In the 2020 Winter Virtual Conference, NCLGBA showed its willingness to address such issues regardless of how uncomfortable the topic at hand.

Maurice Jones, Town Manager of Chapel Hill, led attendees through his own experience with racial strife as it pertained to a topic that seemed all too abundant in 2020, Confederate monuments.  Mr. Jones highlighted the difficulties that he was able to lead the City of Charlottesville and Town of Chapel Hill through during his time as City Manager in the presentation “Leading Through Adversity.”  From Klan rallies to domestic terrorism, Mr. Jones described the intricacies involved in our jobs as public servants and how the public will look to us for leadership during these trying times.  As public servants it is imperative to remember that we serve the greater good and must approach each situation with fairness regardless of our own personal beliefs.  Mr. Jones also reminded attendees that at its core our profession is based in politics, and this will always play a role in every situation especially those that strike a chord with the public.  It is important to remember that we serve at the pleasure of elected officials, yet do not need to sacrifice morals or integrity in order to be viewed as successful public servants.

The success of public servants is almost certainly defined by their willingness to address these difficult topics, and that was reinforced by three high-level NC budget representatives in the presentation “Racial Equity and Social Justice in Budgeting.”  Patrice Toney, Budget & Evaluation Director for the City of Winston-Salem; Federico Rios, Assistant Director of the Office of Equity, Mobility, and Immigrant Integration for the City of Charlotte; and Tony McDowell, Assistant Finance Director for Budget & Forecasting for the City of Asheville, guided attendees through the intricacies of tackling social injustice by way of budgeting.  The presentation did a tremendous job of showing how one can take theoretical solutions and apply them to real world examples in ways that truly address the problems at hand.  The speakers were able to show attendees that regardless of the amount of a jurisdiction’s budget, there are always tools and ways in which we as budget professionals can directly or indirectly influence our region to become a better place.  Budget professionals have a great impact on the organizations in which they work, and the ability to aid things such as racial equity should not be undervalued.

NCLGBA conferences are always a time of professional networking and fellowship, but the 2020 Winter Virtual Conference proved another key aspect of these conferences.  The fact of the matter is that even when we cannot gather in person, we still have each other’s backs and are constantly looking at ways to improve and address the difficult topics throughout society.