Summer Conference in New Bern, July 13th-15th!

Summer Conference in New Bern, July 13th-15th!

Information is now available and registration is now open for the NCLGBA Summer 2011 Conference, July 13th-15th at the Hilton Riverfront Hotel in New Bern.

Several great workshops have been planned for the conference, providing an opportunity for attendees to get valuable information and gain professional certification credits. Workshop topics include:

  • Opening panel discussion focused on leadership development through the ranks of an organization from the budget analyst level to the executive management level.  Special guests for this session include Hickory City Manager, Mick Berry and High Point Assistant City Manager Pat Pate.
  • Review of the 2011 General Assembly session and the impact of the new State budget and other legislation, provided by the NC League of Municipalities’ Karl Knapp and the NC Association of County Commissioners’ Rebecca Troutman.
  • Economic Update from Michael Walden, PhD, North Carolina State University
  • Transforming Utilities – Tips and practical examples for dramatically changing  approaches to customer service.
  • Balancing Your Budget – The Critical Role of Community Values: Presentation of a new, interactive game that focuses on the importance of selecting and using community values to determine revenue increases and budget reductions during tough times.
  • Making Grants Happen –  Presenters experienced with the arts of seeking, writing and managing grants will share what they have learned and explain how municipalities and counties can best obtain and coordinate these efforts.
  • Promoting Tourism with the Past and Present – Highlights strategic initiatives used to create a productive tourism industry, integrating recent development with the city’s historic past (off-site session).
  • Presentation on North Carolina History by Dr. Freddie Parker, North Carolina Central University.
  • Revaluation and Revenue Neutral Tax Rates – What the current economic situation means for the future of property valuations and tax collections.

To learn more about the upcoming Summer Conference, visit the information page on our website or download the (revised) information packet and registration form.

New UNC MPA Capstone Papers – Now Available Online

New UNC MPA Capstone Papers – Now Available Online

Last month, the UNC School of Government MPA Class of 2011 presented their Capstone papers during their annual conference. I had the opportunity to attend this conference and was once again impressed with the professional research, investigation, and analysis provided by these students on a variety of topics pertinent to public administration and local government.

The School of Government has now published these papers online for review and utilization. Several papers focus on issues related to finance and budgeting, as well as other subjects of interest to our membership that include:

Business as Usual or Political Suicide: Property Tax Increases in North Carolina — Lana Hygh

The Food Fight: An Examination of the Prepared Meals and Beverage Tax as a Viable Revenue Generation Source in North Carolina D’Anna Wade

Pension Obligation Bonds: Are States and Localities Behaving Themselves or Do the Feds Need to Get Involved? — Allan Beckmann

The Why’s and How’s of Citizen Satisfaction Surveys: An Examination of the Relationships between Data Use and Achieving Desired Outcomes Among National Citizen Survey Participants — Bo Gattis

Collaboration Incentives: Local Government Experiences with ARRA — Catherine Durham

Managerial Effect: Comparing Forms of Local Government — Terry Waterfield

Municipal PerformanceStat: How is Success Defined? What Factors Contribute to Success? — Jonathan Palmer

The Role of North Carolina County Finance Departments in Emergency Management — Daniel Sargent

Employee Perceptions of Furlough Fairness: The UNC-Chapel Hill Case — Ingrid Rosiuta

Special thanks to Susan Lynch and the UNC School of Government staff for taking care of posting these papers online.