GFOAz Training: Annual Budget Forum

GFOAz is pleased to present its ever-popular annual budget forum on Friday, October 17 at the Burton Barr Library in Central Phoenix.

The annual budget forum is a time for professionals to come together to learn about budgeting best practices in other cities and towns and discover the upcoming developments in city/town budgeting. This year's forum will focus on the future - changes in TPT and PSPRS and a forecast of Arizona's economic outlook. Read more

Share Your Knowledge and Best Practices at the GFOA 109th Annual Conference

A call for session topics and speakers is currently open for GFOA's 109th Annual Conference, May 31 - June 3, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. GFOA is looking for current issue topics and presenters in the following areas: Read more

Contribute to GFOA Research: Share Your Stories on Citizen Participation, Participatory Budgeting

The GFOA Research and Consulting Center is seeking input from municipalities that have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, some form of citizen participation. The GFOA is researching how participatory budgeting works in practice and would appreciate feedback from jurisdictions of all kinds; counties and school districts using participatory budgeting are particularly urged to participate. Read more

Motivational Quote

"Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities." - Anonymous

Most Recent Results for GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program Now Available

The GFOA is pleased to announce that a complete list of governments that received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for budget years beginning November 1, 2013 - December 1, 2013 is now available on GFOA's Budget Awards homepage.

Congratulations to Apache County, first-time Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Winners! See a full list of Arizona winners here.

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 Samantha Womer at 602-258-5786 or email:

GFOAz Welcomes New Members

Sonia Andrews, Finance Manager, City of Peoria
Jeanne Blackman, Town Manager, Town of Youngtown
Beata Bogdan, Accountant, Town of Fountain Hills
Arthur Cuaron, Financial Specialist, City of Tucson
Kristie Ellis, Principal Accountant, City of Tucson
Kay Gale, County Manager, Greenlee County
Belinda Oden, Finance Administrator, City of Tucson
Shane Oman, Finance Manager, City of Tucson
Rob Roach, Senior Accountant, City of Tucson
Julie Rodriguez, Chief Financial Officer, Graham County
Suzanna Snyder, Staff Assistant, City of Tucson
Susan Spiess, Senior Accountant, City of Tucson
Douglas Torda, Finance Manager, Maricopa County
David Vaca, Senior Budget Analyst, City of Avondale
Aaron Williams, Principal Accountant, City of Tucson

GFOAz Board of Directors

Scott Holt
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Mindy Russell
Management & Budget Assistant
City of Peoria

Benjamin Ronquillo
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Litchfield Park

Brian Wright
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Eloy

Christen Wilcox
Education Committee Chair
Senior Accountant
City of Peoria
Jerry Hart
Immediate Past President
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Tempe

Christy Eusebio
Member At-Large
Accounting Manager
City of El Mirage

Robert Weddigen
Member At-Large
Finance Director
Town of Cave Creek

Valerie Fenske
Member Committee Chair
Administrative Services Director
City of Lake Havasu City
October 17, 2014
GFOAz Budget Forum
Burton Barr Public Library
Phoenix, Arizona
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January 16, 2015
GFOAz Training
Tempe History Museum
Tempe, Arizona

February 18-20, 2015
GFOAz Winter Conference
Prescott Resort
Prescott, Arizona

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Arizona Dept of Transportation
Inventory Specialist

Town of Marana
Senior Accountant

City of Phoenix
Deputy Finance Director

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