Summer 2013 Conference back in Wrightsville, July 10th-12th

The Summer 2013 Conference will see NCLGBA return to Wrightsville Beach on July 10th-12th, this time at the Shell Island Resort.

The Shell Island Resort is an all-oceanfront, all-suite facility that recently underwent significant renovation, promising to provide an enjoyable and convenience atmosphere for conference attendees.

Reservation and registration information will be available in the near future. For more information, contact Heather Drennan (

Click Here for Application Packet

2012 Summer Conference Presentations Now Available

Click Here for 2012 Summer Conference Archive

Presentation materials for our Summer 2012 Conference workshops and discussions are now available for download and review.  You can also check out all of the video highlights we recorded from the conference presentations.

Click Here for 2012 Summer Conference Archive


Thank you for your attendance and participation this summer, and we look forward to seeing you at our Winter Conference in Concord.

Conference Live: Leadership Development Panel

Conference Live: Leadership Development Panel

During the Summer 2011 Conference, we will be live blogging from a couple of workshops, sharing some of the comments by presenters, as well as answers to attendee questions. We’re starting off with the first general session, a leadership development panel discussion featuring these experienced budget practitioners-turned-local executives:

  • Mick Berry, City Manager, City of Hickory
  • Pat Pate, Assistant City Manager, City of High Point
  • Ann Wall, Assistant City Manager, City of Rocky Mount

Enjoy the updates below. You can also keep up with what’s said by following us on twitter @nclgba.


Conference Live: Economic Forecast

Conference Live: Economic Forecast

During the Summer 2011 Conference, we will be live blogging from a couple of workshops, sharing some of the comments by presenters, as well as answers to attendee questions. On Thursday morning, we will posting comments and responses during the Economic Forecast session, featuring NC State Economist Dr. Michael Walden. Check out the updates below.

Link to Dr. Walden’s Presentation

Link to Dr. Walden’s Most Recent Economic Update Report


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.

Intro to Program Evaluation to be offered prior to Summer Conference

Intro to Program Evaluation to be offered prior to Summer Conference

The UNC School of Government will offer a special session of their “Introduction to Program Evaluation for Budget and Management Analysts” workshop on July 12th, the day prior to the Summer 2011 NCLGBA Conference, at the conference site in New Bern (Hilton Riverfront Hotel).

The workshop will be led by Dr. Maureen Berner with the School of Government. Registration is $220 for the workshop.

Those attending the Summer 2011 NCLGBA Conference can reserve rooms at the Hilton Riverfront for the evening of July 12th at the conference rate of $94/night (plus tax).

This workshop does count toward the North Carolina Budget & Evaluation Certification, a partnership program of NCLGBA and the UNC School of Government.

More information on the workshop is available at this page on the SOG website. To learn more about the Summer 2011 NCLGBA Conference, click here.

2011 Summer Conference Planning Meeting is February 25th

2011 Summer Conference Planning Meeting is February 25th

(From NCLGBA Second Vice-President, April Campbell)

The Conference Planning Committee will meet in Archdale Public Library on Friday, February 25th, at 12 Noon.  Lunch will be provided.  If you’re interested in serving on this committee for the 2011 Summer Conference, please contact April directly at acampbell (at) archdale-nc (dot) gov.  Responsibilities of the committee include selecting topics, scheduling speakers, as well as facilitating sessions.  If you would like to suggest speakers or topics, but are unable to attend the meeting, please let me know.

2011 Summer Conference Preview

The North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) 2011 Summer Conference will be held July 13th – 15th at the New Bern Hilton Riverfront Hotel.

The conference will begin Wednesday afternoon and end by noon Friday.  It will be an excellent conference with important topics and information, mobile sessions, and a riverfront networking reception.

The New Bern Hilton Riverfront is located in the heart of the downtown historic district, with convenient access to shops, restaurants, as well as trolley rides from the hotel through the downtown area.  The hotel rate is an awesome $94/night, and this rate is being honored through the weekend.

Click here to visit the hotel website

Click here for more information on New Bern

ICMA TV provides online video on local govt topics

I recently found this interview with Frans Johansson, author of “The Medici Effect“, at the relatively-new ICMA TV website.  The site contains dozens of short pieces and interviews with local government officials, politicians, academics, and others who are involved in developing solutions and providing services to help achieve excellence and solve problems at the municipal/county leve.

Some of you may remember that “The Medici Effect” was discussed at our Winter 2008 Conference. You can order Johansson’s book here. Other great topics will be featured at our upcoming Summer Conference July 14th-16th. Visit our Conference page for more information.