Annual Conference Overview

Thousands of public finance professionals gather each year for this three-day conference to share ideas, develop technical and managerial skills, veiw new products, and network with peers.


The annual conference presents general sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings that feature recognized leaders in the government finance profession and offers concurrent sessions that address topical issues in government finance. Our conference attracts attendees who strive to improve current practices and who see innovation as the key to high performance government. They bring a willingness to share ideas and experiences as well as a readiness to network to take home the best ideas from their peer finance officers at the conference.

Concurrent  Sessions

Create your own curriculum from among concurrent sessions over three days. Sessions cover the following fields of study:

  • Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting
  • Budgeting
  • Capital Planning and Economic Development
  • Debt Management
  • Financial Management
  • Pension and Benefit Administration
  • Technology
  • Treasury and Investment Management


Discussion Sessions

On Tuesday, May 20 from 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m., you will have an opportunity in a mid-sized group setting to focus on more concentrated topics affecting day-to-day challenges.

Exhibit Hall

The GFOA’s exhibit hall is open Sunday through Tuesday with dedicated hours on Sunday morning for attendees to stroll through the hall. See the latest innovations from exhibitors offering management- and finance-related products and services to local, state, and provincial governments. Take advantage of face-to-face interaction with exhibiting companies and view products, ask questions, and see live demonstrations of the products and services that will save your government time and money.

GFOA's Products and Services Booth

While in the exhibit hall, be sure to stop by GFOA’s Products and Services Booth to keep up to date on recent GFOA activity. A GFOA staff member will be available at all times to answer any questions you may have on membership, publications, training, and GFOA’s technical recognition programs, including GFOA’s new Certificate of Conformance Program for Small Government Annual Financial Reports. Authors of GFOA’s latest publications will be available at the booth during various times.

Top reasons to attend:

  • Technical sessions (including in-depth preconferene seminars) that offer comprehensive coverage of all the latest developments, trends, and best practicess in each major facet of public finance;
  • Events that create a unique opportunity to build relationships and network with peers from across the country and around the world; 
  • General sessions featuring nationally recognized speakers on topics of interst to public finance professionals; 
  • An unparalleled opportunity to earn continuing professional education (CPE) credit; 
  • An exhibit hall offering a wealth of practical solutions to a broad range of professional challenges