Greetings from your GFOAz Education Committee!

Many thanks to everyone who attended our recent quarterly training last month at the lovely Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria. The topic was Basics of Governmental Accounting and the training was well-attended with a total of 62 members on hand to learn all about governmental accounting.

While we're on the subject of surveys, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who completes the surveys sent to you following our training events. We do take your responses very seriously and work hard to incorporate your suggestions into subsequent training opportunities. In fact, our recent Basics of Governmental Accounting training was developed in response to numerous requests for some basic, entry-level accounting training. According to the survey responses we've received from the attendees, the sessions met or exceeded all expectations. We are always open to suggestions and ideas for training topics, so please send them to me or our League staff or add them to your survey comments! Read more

Government Finance Officers Association National Training

GFOA is set to host a national training August 15-18 in San Francisco. The training allows you to earn up to 32 credits and features topics covering best practices & effective budget presentation, advanced governmental accounting, basics and new practices for investing public funds, and more! Registration is open now and can be found here: Check out the informational brochure for more details. Register today!

Results for GFOAz Member Survey

Thank you all who participated in the recent GFOAz Member survey. The GFOAz Executive Board reviewed your responses and used those to determine the goals for 2012-2013. To view the results, point your browser here.

Economic Improvement: Long Road Ahead

First published May 17, 2012 in knowWPCarey,

The key message at the Economic Outlook Luncheon this week was: plan for long-term improvement in the economy. From Arizona's economy to the real estate market, even the state budget, economists from the W. P. Carey School of Business told the Economic Club of Phoenix audience that the future looks brighter -- but there's still a long road ahead until the state could be considered fully recovered.

"Job growth will continue to be slow," said Lee McPheters, a research professor and director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center at the W. P. Carey School. But while slow, the recovery appears sustainable, McPheters said. "Businesses should plan now for long-term improvement in the economy." To continue reading, point your browser here.

Conference Presentations

Looking for a presentation from a past GFOAz Conference? All presentations are available on the GFOAz website, point your browser here.

Motivational Quote

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."
- Samuel Jackson

GFOAz Welcomes New Members

Hilary Badger, Chief Finance Officer, Greenlee County
Shaleen Bracken Reed, Budget Manager, Mohave County Probation
Alexis Rivera, Finance Director, Town of Hayden
Doug Sandstrom, Administrative Services Director, City of Show Low
Sharon Thompson, Accountant, Town of Dewey-Humboldt

GFOAz Members on the Move

Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This 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 Mary Vinzant at 602-258-5786 or email:

GFOAz Board of Directors

Scott Holt
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Brian Wright
Immediate Past President
Finance Director
City of Eloy

Joe Duffy
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Williams

Sandra Schulz
Member At-Large
CFO/Director of Finance
Coconino County

Mindy Russell
Education Committee Chair
Management Assistant
City of Peoria
Jerry Hart
Deputy Finance & Technology Dir.
City of Tempe

Diane Archer
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Casa Grande

Vicki Rios
Member At-Large
Deputy Finance Director
City of Phoenix

Barbara Goodrich
Member Services Chair
Management Services Director
City of Flagstaff
August 8-10, 2012
GFOAz Summer Training
Loews Ventana Canyon
Tucson, Arizona
More information

August 28-31, 2012
League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference
Hyatt Gainey Ranch
Scottsdale, Arizona
More information

October 3-5, 2012
Growth & Infrastructure Consortium 2012
Georgian Terrace Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia
More information
City of Tucson
Risk Manager

Town of Cave Creek
Finance Director

City of Prescott
Sr. Accountant - Finance Dept.

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