General Information


The Scholarship/Fellowship Committee offers a Conference Scholarship to two attendees for each the Spring Institute and the Fall Conference.  The scholarships are for current governmental employees in the financial area who intend to continue to progress professionally in the field of governmental finance.  If you are not currently a member of the GFOAT and are awarded a scholarship, the Scholarship/Fellowship Committee will also provide a one-year membership to the GFOAT.  GFOAT will cover the conference registration fee, lodging, and travel expenses for award winners


All conference activities will be held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin, TX, 78759.


The Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin, TX, 78759 extends a room rate of $189 single/double. In order to receive this special rate, your reservation must be made by Monday, March 20, or until the block is full. Click here to make your reservation or call the hotel at 512-343-2626 or 800-468-3571 and mention that you are registered for the GFOAT Spring Institute. If you encounter any problems, please call the hotel directly at 512-343-2626.


Please be aware of housing poachers that have been contacting GFOAT attendees and sponsors about booking hotel rooms for the 2017 GFOAT Spring Institute. The only GFOAT endorsed hotel for this event is The Renaissance Austin. When registration opens you  will receive an email and then you can book your hotel room. Please note we are NOT working with any other companies to provide housing. If you receive  these pirating emails or calls, or feel free to refer them to me at or 512-231-7447.  I am sorry for any inconvenience.



If you are registered and cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute. If you cannot send a substitute, a $45 cancellation fee will be assessed if written cancellation is emailed to by March 20. No refunds will be honored after that date. 


(Guest tickets cannot be refunded after March 20)

Live Music from Wade Bowen (starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp)

Make plans to have dinner on your own, then join us for a fabulous acoustic performance from Wade Bowen in the Glass Oaks Ballroom. Desserts and cash bar will be provided. Make sure to pick up your wristband for admittance at the GFOAT registration desk


An application has been submitted to the State Board of Accountancy for CEU/CPE continuing education units. CGFO credits will also be offered. No prerequisites are required for any session.


Conference badges will be mailed in advance. Please remember to bring your badge to the conference. If you do not receive your packet in the mail, you can pick up your registration materials on site.


The Certified Government Finance Officer’s exam will be offered from 2:00–4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. If you are interested in sitting for an exam during this time, please register online at For additional questions, please email and a CGFO study group will be held at the Austin Renaissance Hotel on April 9 from 10:00 a.m. until Noon.


If you are in need of assistance of any kind, including if you have any special dietary needs (such as allergies, restrictions, or sensitivities to particular ingredients) or need mobility, audio-visual, or other assistance, please contact Lavern at 512-231-7447 or


The Bruce Testa Semi Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for Sunday, April 9 at the Star Ranch Golf Club, located at 2500 FM 685, Hutto, TX 78634. Tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $76 per person, which includes the green fee, cart, and range. Also included is breakfast and lunch from the all-inclusive buffet. This will be a four-person scramble with four closets to the pin contest and two long drive holes contest. The golf outing is limited to 36 golfers so sign up right away by emailing Tony Sekaly! For further information, please contact Tony Sekaly with Coastal Securities at 800-681-4121,or


Contact the TML Affiliate Services Department at 512-231-7400 or