Registration Opens

8:00 AM

Budget and Accounting - How Do They Impact Each Other?

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (1.5 CPEs)

Andrea Davis, Assistant Finance Director, City of Surprise
Megan Cunningham, Budget Manager & Planning Manager, Coconino County
Gabriel Garcia, Finance Director, Town of Florence

How do budget and accounting staff communicate effectively with each other? What strategies have worked? How does one area influence/affect the other? In this roundtable session, we will discuss these questions from the perspective of cities, towns and counties - large, medium and small.

Budgeting for New Services and Programs

10:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. (1.5 CPEs)

Lindsey Duncan, Finance Director, City of Surprise
Jared Askelson, Assistant Finance Director, City of Surprise
Mindy Russell, Management and Budget Assistant, City of Peoria

You have an idea for a new program in your organization - for example, your Fire Department would like to begin providing ambulance service. How do you make that idea a reality? This interactive session will provide a general overview of the process to look at all the variables in planning and implementing a new program from start to finish.


12:10 - 1:00 p.m.

Linking Performance Management to Budget

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (1.5 CPEs)

ShaLae Steadman, Performance Advisor, City of Mesa

Performance budgeting is the practice of developing and managing budgets based on the relationship between core business process funding levels and expected outcomes. In other words, the allocation of funds and resources are based on their potential results. The presentation will explore and discuss the real purposes of performance measurement, identify how operational planning can be embedded throughout the budget process, show how to successfully use performance information in resource allocation decisions.

Budgets: So What do You Think?

2:40 - 3:10 p.m. (0.5 CPEs)

Mike Showers, Finance Director, Town of Camp Verde
Kirsten Lennon, Accounting/Budget Manager, City of Cottonwood

A roundtable discussion on your entity's budget. What is working? What is not? This is an opportunity to share what you've done to improve your budget and to learn from others. Whether conceptual or functional, there are plenty of ideas and solutions that we can glean from each other. The top local table discussions will have the opportunity to impact the entire group through a quick 2-minute summary presentation to the entire group.

Training Concludes

3:10 p.m.

CPE forms will be available at the registration desk at the conclusion of the training.

GFOAz Board Meeting

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.