Summer Conference Presentations Now Available

Most of the presentations from last week’s NCLGBA Summer Conference are now available for download at the following link:

Summer 2010 Conference Resources

We still have a few presentations that have not been forwarded to us and will be posting them as soon as they are submitted.  Work also continues on the videos we took of select workshops and will be posting those for online viewing over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

New NCLGBA Officers for 2010-2011

New NCLGBA Officers for 2010-2011

At our Annual Meeting during our summer conference on July 15, 2010, the following slate of officers was elected to serve NCLGBA for the 2010-2011 Membership Year:

President – Katie McCoy, City of Charlotte

First Vice-President – Blake Hart, Mecklenburg COunty

Second Vice-President – April Campbell, City of Archdale

Secretary – Kenneth Hunter, City of Rocky Mount*

Treasurer – David Scarborough, City of Raleigh

At-Large County Representative – Katrina Hawkins, Catawba County

At-Large County Representative – Diane Price, Buncombe County”

At-Large Municipal Representative – Katie Lumb, City of Greenville”

At-Large Municipal Representative – Matthew Brinkley, Town of Chapel Hill”

Immediate Past President – Bertha Johnson, City of Durham

” denotes first-time officers

Congratulations to our officers for the coming year. Special thanks as well to those who rotated off following the 2009-2010 membership year:

Kirsten Larson, City of Raleigh

Kevin Etheridge, Richland County (SC)

Brian Barnett, Town of Mooresville

Adam Lindsay, Rockingham County

Springsted offers Newsletter

In continuing to identify and distribute information on various resources available to government finance professionals, I stumbled on a newsletter you can download through Springsted, a recognized financial advisory firm.

The Springsted Letter (current issue link & archive)

(From Springsted website) On a regular basis, the firm publishes a newsletter that communicates information about public finance to our clients and friends. For each issue, we highlight several unique projects in housing and economic development, management services and capital financing throughout the regions we serve. The Springsted Letter also showcases the firm’s service offerings, points out several helpful Web sites, introduces new staff and reports the latest news at Springsted.

Click here to download their current issue (PDF)

Board Nominations Being Accepted Until July 12th

The following was posted to the NCLGBA Listserv on July 1, 2010, by NCLGBA President Bertha Johnson:

NCLGBA 2010-2011 Board Nomination

The North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) is currently seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Board of Directors. If you know someone who would make a great volunteer board member — or if you’re interested in serving, complete the nomination form at http://nclgba.org/?page_id=173.

The Association is seeking nominations for two officer positions; Secretary and Treasurer and four At-Large positions. The President is not eligible for re-election.  The First Vice-President will become President and the Second Vice-President will become the First Vice- President with the election of new officers.  After serving a one year term, the Secretary and Treasurer will each be eligible for re-election to their respective office for two additional one year terms or may be elected to another officer position.  The four at-large positions will serve one year terms. The four members are eligible for re-election for an additional  one year term or may be elected officers to the Board of Directors.

Current NCLGBA Officers (2009-2010)

Position

Name

Jurisdiction
President Bertha Johnson City of Durham
First Vice-President Katie McCoy City of Charlotte
Second Vice-President Blake Hart Mecklenburg County
Secretary Kevin Etheridge Richland County, SC
Treasurer David Scarborough City of Raleigh
At-Large Municipal April Campbell City of Archdale
At-Large Municipal Brian Barnett City of Mooresville
At-Large County Adam Lindsay Rockingham County
At-Large County Katrina Hawkins Catawba County
Immediate Past President Kirsten Larson City of Raleigh

The Board nomination form must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2010. If you have questions please send them to me directly at the email below, do not “reply” to the list serve.

Sincerely,

Bertha T Johnson

NCLGBA President

Director, Budget and Management Services – City of Durham

Excel Proficiency Tests

Earlier today, a member of the NCFinance listserv sent out a request for examples of tests jurisdictions are using to judge applicant and employee proficiency in Microsoft Excel.  There are a couple of different tests and samples available online that you can use as the basis for developing your own:

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/oim/Short_Course/ExcelProficiencyTest.pdf

http://www.jaxworks.com/test.htm

http://www.snowcrest.net/dsp/Excel_Q.htm

If you want an idea of specific features that make excellent gauges of proficiency when developing an Excel test, please consult this article:

http://askjonpaul.com/2007/04/29/test-of-excel-skills-in-finance.aspx

To improve your proficiency in Microsoft Excel, make sure to attend the Excel workshop at our upcoming NCLGBA Summer Conference, July 14-16. For more information on registration and hotel reservations, please visit our conference page.

UNC SOG Bookstore offering Package Discounts

The UNC School of Government Bookstore is offering a 20% discount on select bundled packages on specific topics of importance to local government between now and June 30th. Discounts are available on the following packages:

#1: Municipal Board Meetings (Regularly $94, On Sale for $75!)

Leading Your Governing Board: A Guide for Mayors and County Board Chairs, 2009 ($20)

Local Government Works Poster, 2006 ($12)

A Model Code of Ethics for North Carolina Local Elected Officials with Guidelines and Appendixes, 2010 ($30)

Open Meetings and Local Governments in North Carolina: Some Questions and Answers, Seventh Edition, 2008 ($18)

Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Third Edition, 2000 ($14)

#2: County Board Meetings (Regularly $96, On Sale for $75!)

Leading Your Governing Board: A Guide for Mayors and County Board Chairs, 2009 ($20)

Local Government Works Poster, 2006 ($12)

A Model Code of Ethics for North Carolina Local Elected Officials with Guidelines and Appendixes, 2010 ($30)

Open Meetings and Local Governments in North Carolina: Some Questions and Answers, Seventh Edition, 2008 ($18)

Suggested Rules of Procedure for the Board of County Commissioners, Third Edition, 2002 ($16)

#3: Local Government Finance (Regularly $212, On Sale for $170!)

Administrative and Financial Laws for Local Government in North Carolina, 2008-2009 Edition (hardback, $115)

Budget-Balancing Tactics in Local Government, 2010 ($25)

A Guide to Billing and Collecting Public Enterprise Utility Fees for Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Services, 2008 ($27)

The Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act, Sixth Edition, 2006 ($13)

Local Government Property Transactions in North Carolina, Second Edition, 2000 ($32)

#4: Local Government Toolkit (Regularly $175, On Sale for $140!)

Eminent Domain and Local Government in North Carolina: Law and Procedure, 2008 ($31)

Employee Benefits Law for North Carolina Local Government Employers, 2009 ($35)

A Guide to the Listing, Assessment, and Taxation of Property in North Carolina, 2009 ($50)

Introduction to Zoning, Third Edition, 2007 ($25)

A North Carolina Guide to Animal Control Law, 2008 ($34)

Visit this special page on the UNC SOG website for more information and to purchase one of these packages.

NCLGBA Summer Conference, July 14th-16th

Information is now available on the NCLGBA Summer Conference, scheduled for July 14th-16th in Wrightsville Beach. You can learn more by visiting the conference page or downloading the conference registration packet.

To remove barriers and support our fellow local government professionals, a special discount is available to the first 50 NCLGBA members who make hotel reservations for the conference. Take advantage now by calling the Holiday Inn Wrightsville Beach at 877-330-5050 (discount will be confirmed by NCLGBA within 48 hours).   More information on accommodations is available online.

The next step online for NCLGBA!

The next step online for NCLGBA!

For several years, NCLGBA has maintained an online presence in order to provide general information about our organization, subscribing to our member listserv, promoting upcoming conferences, and archiving conference presentations for future reference. In the past year, we moved our website from its original home with the UNC School of Government to a NCLGBA-controlled location. We also obtained the NCLGBA.ORG website domain to make remembering and accessing our site easier for members and visitors.  We also took a leading role among public sector professional organizations in developing a robust profile in social media with our active pages on Facebook & LinkedIn.

In order to better integrate information posted to our various online properties, we have once again redesigned the main NCLGBA website. This new design utilizes the WordPress platform similar to many blogs that you visit. Our intention is for this site to continue serving as a source for basic organization administration, as well as better incorporate other group sites, occassional submissions by members, updates from the Board, and future improvements (i.e., online conference & membership sign-up, surveys, etc.).

This main page will serve as the location for posting official NCLGBA updates, including information on our upcoming Summer 2010 Conference in July.  Pages listed in the top header will serve as references to our structure, membership program, listserv subscription, and certification program.  Links to our social media sites, as well as other sites of interest for our members, are located to the left.

Please share your ideas and suggestions on how we can improve this site even more by using the “Comments” feature below. If you have an idea for or want to submit an article for posting on this site, please send it to me directly by email.

Thank you for visiting!

Sincerely,
Kenneth Hunter, Budget & Evaluation Manager, City of Rocky Mount, NC
NCLGBA Webmaster