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In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia. --Author Unknown
Fall GFOAz Training:
Annual Budget Forum

Back by popular demand, GFOAz is pleased to present its Annual Budget Forum. Continued economic challenges have forced government finance and budget officials to be creative in order to achieve balanced budgets, and the Budget Forum has proven to be a valuable resource for them. This ever-popular event will highlight the current status of state and local revenue and the economy, and will feature discussion on numerous budgeting concepts and issues. The 2009 GFOAz Annual Budget Forum will take place on October 30, 2009. For more information, point your browser here.

Recession Aftermath: A Tentative Scenario
Published: September 15, 2009 in Knowledge@W.P. Carey
By Lee McPheters

The near-term outlook for the national economy continues to improve, but full recovery will be slow in coming. After decreasing this year, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow next year, but hundreds of thousands more jobs will be lost and unemployment will increase into 2010. U.S. nonfarm jobs will not grow for the year as a whole until 2011, and it will take another two years to finally get employment rolls back to the level recorded in 2007. In all, economic problems are expected to extend in varying degrees of severity for several more years. Read more
Conference Presentations
Looking for a presentation from a past GFOAz Conference? All presentations are available on the GFOAz website, point your browser here.
Member Profile: Marta C. Moerch
Finance Director/City Clerk
City of St. Johns

Where are you originally from?
Rochester, NY. Right by Lake Ontario. Moved to Phoenix in 1987 and it took me three years to thaw out. After empty nesting, my new hubby and I moved to St. Johns in 2002. We love the night skies, clean air and no traffic!!

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I love being part of something greater and knowing I can make a difference. This is my home and what better way to influence your town's future than by being involved in its' present? Read more

GFOAz Members on the Move

Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This new section of the newsletter recognizes members who have recently been promoted or have recently transitioned. If you would like your name to be featured in this section of the newsletter, please contact Liisa Laikko at 602-258-5786 or email:

GFOAz Welcomes New Members

Active Members
Marie Nemerguth, City of Tucson, Budget and Internal Audit Program Director
Andrea Elikan, Finance Manager, Sun Lakes Fire District
James Flory, Senior Management Analyst, Yuma County
Elisa Gin, Fiscal Analyst, Mesa
Justin Hess, Grants Administrator, Quartzsite
Marie Nemerguth, Budget and Internal Audit Program Director, Tucson
Pete Saxton, Finance Manager, Sahuarita
John Sullivan, Division Chief, Golden Ranch Fire District

GFOAz Board of Directors

James Menlove
Finance Director
Navajo County

Stacey Lemos
Immediate Past President
Finance Director
Town of Oro Valley

Scott Holt
Member At-Large
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Brian Wright
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Eloy
Vicki Rios
Revenue Manager
City of Peoria

Steven J. Baumgardt
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Tolleson

Roger Kolman
Member At-Large
Assistant City Manager
City of Maricopa

Mindy Russell
Education Committee Chair
Management Assistant
City of Peoria
October 30, 2009
GFOAz Annual Budget Forum
Peoria, Arizona

January 8, 2010
January Quarterly Training
Location TBD

February 3-5, 2010
GFOAz Annual Conference
Prescott Resort
Prescott, Arizona
City of Lake Havasu City
Senior Accountant

Arizona Department of Transportation
Contracts Payable Manager (Accountant III)

Town of Marana
Finance Manager

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