Summer 2012 Conference Update: Day Two

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The second day of NCLGBA’s 2012 Summer Conference featured several presentations from practitioners and field experts discussing important issues and sharing innovative and critical ideas with attendees.

The first plenary session focused on work/life balance and was presented by Shannon Tufts with the UNC School of Government. Energized attendees then split up between three strong breakout workshops.

Jeff Hughes, Director of the UNC School of Government’s Environmental Finance Center, shared information on trends and practices associated with local utility system revenues and means for rate setting (click here for video).

John Stephens, UNC School of Government Associate Professor, offered insight and suggestions on how budget staffs can address and manage conflict with staff, elected officials and citizens.

Concord’s Robin Barham also moderated a panel of staff from Concord and Asheboro, along with Mobile311 Vice-President Eddie Stanley, showing how their utilization of mobile technology improved efficiency and reduced operational costs for local solid waste services.

Check out the Live Blog Notes of the “Mobile 311” Discussion

During lunch, attending NCLGBA members approved a new slate of Board Members and Officers for 2012-13. April Campbell (City of Archdale) will serve as President in the coming year. New Board Members include Justin Amos (City of Charlotte, Treasurer), Lesley Reder (City of Concord, 2nd Vice President), Heather Drennan (City of Raleigh, 3rd Vice President), Debra Mack (City of Wilmington, Municipal At-Large Representative) and Bryant Morehead (Gaston County, County At-Large Representative).

Blake Hart  (Mecklenburg County) was recognized for his service as NCLGBA President for 2011-12. Regards were also extended for the service of retiring Board Members Katie McCoy (City of Charlotte), David Scarborough (City of Raleigh), Matthew Brinkley (Town of Chapel Hill) and Diane Price (Buncombe County).

Dr. William Rivenbark and Blake Hart also presented certificates to the three latest graduates of the Certified Budget Officer program.

Thursday afternoon sessions started with a plenary on Budget Presentation led by Hyong Yi (Mecklenburg County) and Susan Moran (Town of Cary). The lively discussion  was followed by two breakouts offering unique choices to attendees.

Check out the Live Blog Notes from the “Budget Presentation” Workshop

UNC School of Government instructor and Benchmarking Project head Dale Roegnik led a workshop on PowerPoint presentation. As the videos below show, Dr. Roegnik’s presentation went well beyond a simple tutorial, providing guidance and suggestions for enhancing visual communication skills.

Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the nearby Wilmington Convention Center, where the toured the facility and listened to local officials discuss the development and operation of the complex. Wilmington Finance Director Debra Mack spoke in depth about the challenges and process involved in acquiring financing for the facility, as well as ensuring its repayment.

Later in the evening, several attendees took part in a dutch treat “ghost tour” of the Battleship North Carolina.


Summer 2012 Conference Update: Day One

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More than 100 members representing dozens of municipal and county governments across North Carolina are on hand for NCLGBA’s 2012 Summer Conference in Wilmington.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo kicked festivities off with a welcome message thanking the attendees for coming, as well as for their service to their respective jurisdictions and the people of North Carolina.

NCLGBA President Blake Hart (Mecklenburg County) and Conference Co-Chairs Katie Lumb (New Hanover County) and Lesley Reder (Concord) took the opportunity to welcome the audience and provide information on planned activities.

Mecklenburg County Budget & Management Director Hyong Yi led the first plenary session, “Building a Better Mousetrap.” Instead of a straight workshop, Yi and members of his staff facilitated a group investigation and discussion to “crowdsource” means to innovate and improve budget processes.

Discussions led to ideas attendees can use to improve budgeting through preliminary activities, development, recommendation and review and adoption.

One example of local jurisdiction strategic planning shared by attendees was the City of Durham, which you can access here.

The first day also included critical updates on activities of the General Assembly during the 2012 “Short Session” and their impact on municipalities and counties. These sessions were led, respectively, by Karl Knapp (NC League of Municipalities) and Rebecca Troutman (NC Association of County Commissioners).

Sessions on Thursday include another plenary workshop on “Work/Life Balance” and breakout workshops on setting utility rates, utilizing mobile technology and more (Click Here for Full Agenda).