Conference Sessions

GFOA’s Annual Conference will include more than 75 concurrent sessions featuring leading practitioners, subject matter experts, and top researchers. Each session will contain a panel of speakers carefully selected to provide best practice guidance, discussion of current events, case studies, debate, and interactive exercises to cover a complete suite of topics pertinent for finance officers of all types and representing all forms of state and local governments. GFOA’s concurrent sessions will be organized into separate “core” tracks that focus on essential elements within public financial management. GFOA will also place an emphasis on emerging topics that provide finance officers with information critical to supporting their organizations and communities in today’s current environment.

GFOA is currently developing sessions and they will be added as they are finalized. Topic and sessions suggestions are encouraged through GFOA's call for topics.

A sampling of sessions is listed here. A complete list of sessions along with speakers and specific times for each session will be announced in January 2019.

30 Sessions


Are we headed for a recession? Some economists are worried economic expansion will not continue and warn to tread cautiously. Recognizing strong revenues might not continue, and some governments are already preparing for a bear market.

It is challenging to prepare for the role of a chief financial officer. Each day is different, being flexible and learning on the job is key, and navigating how to provide technical expertise while communicating in a political environment can be difficult.

With increasing health-care costs, local governments are looking into self-funded employee health insurance. What does being self-funded mean and what does it entail? This session will feature speakers that have adopted this cost containment strategy, their results, and lessons learned.

Ten years after the Great Recession, the market landscape has changed significantly for local governments. As interest rates continue to grow, local governments may begin to reevaluate their existing investment policies.

As more options for electronic payments become available, local governments may look to new technology as a way to better serve the public.