8:30 A.M.


A continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

9:00 A.M.

1.5 CPEs

Developing the Budget Document and Tips for Receiving the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award


John Fishbein, Senior Program Manager, Technical Services Center, Government Finance Officers Association

This training program explains each of the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program's 27 criteria, using practical examples drawn from the 1,500 budget documents submitted. The objective of this session is to provide preparers of budget documents a comprehensive overview of the essential characteristics of an effective budget document.

10:40 A.M.


Simplifying the Budget Process


Candace Cannistraro, Director, Office of Budget & Management, City of Mesa
Lindsey Duncan, Finance Director, City of Surprise
Brandi Suda, Budget Manager, City of Flagstaff

The panel will share their experiences with streamlining a complex budget process to the benefit of all stakeholders (council, directors, etc.).

11:40 A.M.


12:40 P.M.


Economic Forecasting

Jim Rounds, Senior Vice President, Elliott D. Pollack & Company

Join our speaker to learn about different perspectives and methods used in forecasting Arizona's economic future.

1:40 P.M.

1.5 CPEs

Budget Boot Camp

Katie Gregory, Deputy Director of Finance and Budget, City of Peoria

This session will explore the basics of the budget process and will emphasize the statutory requirements related to the publishing and posting requirements of your tentative and final budgets.

3:00 P.M.

Training Concludes

The GFOAz Board meeting will be held at the conclusion of the training.