Advanced Financial Management – Public Budgeting and Forecasting

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

November 7, 2019
8:30am - 4:00pm
Training Level: 300-400

Okemos Conference Center
2187 University Park Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
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The Michigan Government Finance Officers Association is proud to offer an advanced session in the techniques for effective budgeting and forecasting. Attendees should expect to leave with “best practices” which should enhance the overall effectiveness of the entities budget development and management process.

This course will be an advanced session: it is designed for persons who have had previous experience and knowledge of the budget process. Excellent for City Managers, Finance Directors or Budget Analysts who want to learn more about new and effective budget techniques.

Each seminar qualifies for 8 CPE or 0.8 CEU credits. The CPE credits qualify for governmental accounting and auditing.

Cost Per Person:

The registration fee includes education, refreshments and lunch.
Registration is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.

On or Before October 24, 2019 After October 24, 2019
Member $120 $140
Non-Member $170 $190

Registration begins at 8:30AM. The program starts at 9:00AM and ends at approximately 4:00PM. Lunch will be served midday.

8:30 - 9:10am Registration & Introductions
9:10 - 10:00am

Characteristics of a Good Budget
Laura Knapp, Plante Moran
Overview of the most important budget practices, such as legal requirements of a budget, budget challenge, adopting financial policies, and items typically included in a good budget document and efficient budget process.

10:00 - 10:50am Budget Preparation
Laura Knapp, Plante Moran
Discussion of all of the stages of the budget process from preparing stakeholders to participate to evaluating and adjusting the process after it is finished.
10:50 - 11:00am Break
11:00 - 11:50am Capital Improvement Plan Development
Julie Rudd, Director of Finance, City of Royal Oak
Identify how to prepare an effective capital plan, including process for identifying needs, determining appropriate service levels, and prioritizing projects. Also covered will be how to communicate effectively with operations staff, determining appropriate funding mechanisms, and linking capital plans with overall organizational goals, master plans, and community priorities.
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 1:50pm Effective Budget Presentation/Transparency
Julie Rudd, Director of Finance, City of Royal Oak
Communication is key to a successful budget process. Provide practical guidance related to communicating budgetary data to staff, elected officials, citizens or interested groups.
1:50 - 2:00pm Break
2:00 - 2:50pm Budget Monitoring and Administration
Pamela Scales, Deputy CFO, City of Detroit
Discussion of budget monitoring and follow-up, reporting and amending the budget.
2:50 - 3:00pm Break
3:00 - 3:50pm Long-Term Financial Planning – Financial Forecasting
Pamela Scales, Deputy CFO, City of Detroit
Discuss the benefits of forecasting, how to effectively prepare and present a forecast, and monitoring the forecast.

Registration Policies:
Class size is sometimes limited. Pre-registration is required so we can notify registrants if unforeseen circumstances require us to cancel or reschedule a course. Please register early.

Confirmations of registrations are sent via email. Registering online will make this process easier.  You may also check the status of your registration by clicking on “View Registrations” at Reservations made by mail, fax, or online, unless cancelled, will be considered a commitment to attend. No shows will be billed, since meeting and meal arrangements have to be made for all registrants.

Cancellation Policies:
Refunds will be made ONLY if MGFOA is notified by October 24, 2019. If you have registered and find that you cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. Rates may vary based on membership status. Please notify MGFOA of this occurrence.

Special Needs:
If you have a disability and need special accommodations or require a special diet, please notify MGFOA by checking the box on the registration form. We cannot accommodate such requests on the day of the program. Because we are not always able to control room temperatures, please wear layers of clothing for your comfort.