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GFOA staff has been working hard on the 112th Annual Conference and we are all looking forward to welcoming you to St. Louis at the beginning of May. For those of you who have been to a GFOA conference before--including those of you who come every year--we thank you for your continued dedication to GFOA and hope you notice a few changes this year that we think will improve your conference experience. For the more than 550 "first-time" conference attendees, we hope you enjoy the experience, learn from your peers, and return next year to help share your stories on how we can all work together to improve the financial policies, processes, outcomes, and, ultimately, the fiscal sustainability of the communities we serve. If you can't make it this year, stay tuned to the GFOA newsletter and website for opportunities to view presentations and receive important updates from the conference.

Continuing the success of past conferences, we have maintained a focus on delivering a high-quality line up of speakers including leading practitioners, researchers, and subject matter experts to provide ongoing best practice guidance on core public finance topics. There will also be an emphasis on sessions to help build leadership skills and stay current on issues and trending topics that all finance officers should be paying attention to such as cyber security, risk management, and fiscal sustainability. GFOA also provides a great opportunity to network and continue discussions with your peers. The conference will dedicate time for GFOA's "niche" cadres of member forums and caucuses such as those for small governments, urban governments, school districts, and utilities, along with the Black Caucus and Women's Public Finance Network. Stay tuned to for details and specific times and locations.

GFOA's membership is now 19,400+ strong and the specific skillsets, expertise, and dedication of this impressive group will be on display in St. Louis. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to the fullest.

Don't hesitate to reach out to me or any of the other staff at GFOA with comments or questions on GFOA, the St. Louis conference, or other topics related to our role in helping improve state and local government financial management.

See you in St. Louis.

Mike Mucha

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Title Annotation:Perspectives
Author:Mucha, Mike
Publication:Government Finance Review
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2018
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