Motivational Quote
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. --Frank Lloyd Wright
Annual Budget Forum was a Success!
More than 115 GFOAz members attended the Annual Budget Forum held at the Peoria Public Safety Building. Attendees heard presentations on the state of the Arizona economy from Tim Everill of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Nate Nathan of Nathan & Associates, and a panel of local government officials. Overall the Forum was successful and enjoyed by the attendees.

January Quarterly Training - January 8th, 2010
The Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona (GFOAz) and the Arizona Municipal Clerks Association (AMCA) have teamed up to provide an excellent training opportunity. Given the connection between Budget, Finance and City Clerk departments, the day's sessions will highlight areas in which these departments often work together.

Please join us as we learn about some of the issues that Budget, Finance and City Clerk staff manage together. More information will be emailed to members soon.
Interested in Serving on the GFOAz Board of Directors?
An eight-member Board of Directors provides leadership and oversight of the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona. The board includes the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Chairperson of the Education Committee and four at-large directors. Read more
Consumer Spending and the 'New Normal' Economy
Published: October 14, 2009 in Knowledge@W.P. Carey
By Lee McPheters

Economists, sociologists and other observers are divided in their view of consumer spending in the post-recession era that lies (somewhere) ahead.

There is little controversy about the short term outlook. The dominant consensus is that consumers will spend less and save more. After household liabilities in 2008 rose to a level exceeding 130 percent of personal income, consumers have started to rebuild balance sheets by cutting spending and reducing debt. 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.

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

Candace Cannistraro, Assistant Budget Director, Mesa
Cindy Sandlin, Accountant, Dewey-Humboldt
Rick Tadder, Finance Director, Flagstaff

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
January 8, 2010
January Quarterly Training
Chandler, Arizona

February 3-5, 2010
GFOAz Annual Conference
Prescott Resort
Prescott, Arizona
City of Show Low
Finance Director

City of Mesa

City of Glendale
Housing Supervisor

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