Monday, April 16

Tentative Agenda
Dates and times subject to change

Monday, April 16

7:00–7:55 a.m.
NETWORKING breakfast (0.0 CGFO/CPA) [Rio Grande Exhibit Hall B- Lower Level]
This breakfast buffet is for all conference attendees.

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION [The Arbor Foyer]

 8:00–9:15 a.m.
WELCOME AND OPENING GENERAL SESSION (1.5 CGFO/CPE) [Ballroom A]

The Honorable Craig Morgan, Mayor, City of Round Rock (pictured left)
Legislative UpdateBennett Sandlin, Executive Director, Texas Municipal League (pictured right)
Moderator: GFOAT President Martie Simpson, Director of Finance, City of New Braunfels

9:30–10:25 a.m.
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.0 CGFO/CPE)

GFOAT – Learn About Our Organization [Sabine- Lower Level]

Economic Development Tools [Ballroom B]
Discussion of the use of economic development tools, including PIDs, TIRZs, TxDOT’s turnback program and other examples from the City of New Braunfels and the City of Irving.
Panelist: Michael Morrison, Deputy City Manager, City of Irving; and Jon Hockenyos, President, TXP, Inc.
Morrison Handout     Hockenyos Handout

Basics of Municipal Finance [Ballroom A]
Leela will give a general overview of the legal framework for municipal finance.
Leela Fireside, Assistant City AttorneyCity of Austin (repeated at 10:45 a.m.)

The State Revolving Funds in Texas (and other Texas Water Development Board -TWDB- funding programs) – What you know and may not know [Wedgwood Ballroom]
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund was created in 1987 and to date has provided over $126 billion to communities nationwide for 38,441 wastewater, stormwater, and nonpoint source projects. In 2017, the national average interest rate on a CWSRF loan was 1.4% according to the EPA. Likewise, the Drinking Water State Revolving fund was created in 1997 and has provided over $35 billion nationwide for 14,000 projects like water treatment, distribution and storage, and source water development and protection. According to the EPA, the 2017 national average interest rate for DWSRF loans was 1.6%. Come hear about SRF benefits, requirements, and the savings that can be realized for your water, stormwater, and sewer projects. And as a bonus, the presentation will also touch on other TWDB funding programs as well.
Mark Evans, Statewide Outreach Team Lead, Texas Water Development Board
TWDB Booklet

10:25–10:45 a.m.
REFRESHMENT BREAK/SPONSOR NETWORKING

 

 10:45 –11:40 a.m.
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.0 CGFO/CPE)

Basics of Municipal Finance [Ballroom B]
Leela will give a general overview of the legal framework for municipal finance.
Leela FiresideAssistant City AttorneyCity of Austin (repeated from 9:30 a.m.)

Economic Develoment Administration [Ballroom A]
Panelists:  Peter BrasterDirector of Special Projects, City of Plano; and  Jason Hughes, Managing Director, Hilltop Securities
Plano Handout         Hilltop Handout

Disaster Reimbursement and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey [Wedgwood Ballroom]
This presentation will look at the Disaster Grant process and an interactive, two-way conversation about Hurricane Harvey and the reimbursement process. Please bring your questions and concerns to the presentation.
Shari Ramirez-MacKay, State Coordinator, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety; and Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, City of Nederland
Dowden Handout

Civil Service Payroll Pitfalls [Sabine]
This presentation will address legal and practical considerations relating to pay issues for civil service employees. Julia and Dori will also cover misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and payroll obligations for garnishments and child support. 
Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP, and Dori Lee, SHRM-SCP IMPA-CP, Director of Human Resources, City of Lancaster

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
NETWORKING LUNCH AND SPONSOR RECOGNITION [Rio Grande Exhibit Hall B- Lower Level]

1:00–2:15 p.m.
BUSINESS MEETING, AWARDS and GENERAL SESSION (1.5 CGFO/CPE) [Ballroom A]

GFOA National Update
Chris Morrill, Executive Director/CEO, Government Finance Officers Association
Presiding: GFOAT President Martie Simpson, Director of Finance, City of New Braunfels

2:15–2:30 p.m.
REFRESHMENT BREAK/SPONSOR NETWORKING

2:30–3:45 p.m.
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.5 CGFO/CPE)

Leadership Skills for the Finance Officer [Ballroom A]
Chris Morrill, Executive Director/CEO, Government Finance Officers Association

Purchasing Advanced Topics (repeated Monday at 4:00 p.m.) [Ballroom B]
This session goes beyond the basics of procurement and takes a deeper dive with discussions on Alternative Delivery Methods, Change Orders, Evalauations and Contract Management.
Diane Palmer Boeck, Director Procurement and  Project Management, City of Plano

Municipal Revenue Sources [Wedgwood]
Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League
  

4:00–5:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.0 CGFO/CPE)

Financial Reporting: Beating the Six Month Mindset (repeated on Tuesday at 8:10 a.m.)[Ballroom A]
Many of us have a “six month mindset” when it comes to issuing our CAFR because that is the deadline set by the GFOA for their Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting program.  The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), however has a Best Practice recommendation that we file our CAFR on their EMMA website within 120 days of year end and faster issuance and filing can actually save time and free up staff for other projects.  This session will discuss proven tricks for faster and more efficient issuance of financial statements. Pamela M. Hodges, City Controller, City of Carrollton

Purchasing Advanced Topics (repeated from Monday at 2:30 p.m.) [Ballroom B]
This session goes beyond the basics of procurement and takes a deeper dive with discussions on Alternative Delivery Methods, Change Orders, Evalauations and Contract Management.
Diane Palmer Boeck, Director Procurement and  Project Management, City of Plano

Municipal Hot Topics [Sabine]
Scott Houston
, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Texas Municipal League

 6:30–9:30 p.m.
NETWORKING EVENT
County Line on the Lake
Join us for some award-winning and legendary barbeque, great Hill Country views, and live music provided by Denny Herrin. The County Line on the Lake is located at 5204 FM 2222. Transportation will be provided, with buses to start loading up at 6:00 p.m.

All Rights Reserved