March 16th Webinar focuses on Citizen Participation for Budgeting

March 16th Webinar focuses on Citizen Participation for Budgeting

The UNC School of Government will offer a new webinar, “Citizen Participation in Local Government Budgeting” on Wednesday, March 16th, from 1 to 2:30 pm.  The cost is $95 per viewing site, and attendees can register online here.

The session will feature solutions and communication methods developed by local governments in North Carolina to engage citizens in the budgeting process with respect to sharing information, encouraging feedback and building common ground.  The session will also include an overview of the use of new technologies and media, including video, to present budget information to broader citizen audiences.

Click here to register!

Below is a description of the session from the School of Government:

Webinar: Citizen Participation in Local Government Budgeting

March 16, 2011; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

As a public leader, you have identified some tough cuts that might need to be made to your city or county budget.

  • How do you inform your citizens?
  • How do you think they will react?
  • What can you do to make this process most effective for you and your citizens?

Budget decisions in 2011 will be challenging as local governments face service cuts, increased fees, and other difficult choices. Citizen concern about the effects of increasingly tighter city and county budgets will be high. Informing citizens, listening to them, and having multiple ways to encourage informed opinions will be more important than ever.

This 90-minute webinar will help you:

  1. Inform your citizens about your proposed budget
  2. Run effective community meetings
  3. Learn more about citizen outreach and involvement

Registration: To register online, visit http://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/0951/. The registration fee is $95, whether the webinar viewed by a group or an individual.

Faculty Coordinator: John Stephens, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

For more information: Contact Lisa Sheffield, program manager, at 919.962.3464 or sheffield@sog.unc.edu.

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.