Announcements/Press Releases

Georgia Bests its Peers in Avoiding Suspicious One-Time Budget Grabs

ATLANTA—While Georgia outperforms its peers in avoiding one-time maneuvers to close budget gaps, it fails to make the grade in budget forecasting or in adequately funding post-employment benefits for public workers, according to a study conducted by the Volcker Alliance in partnership with the Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) at Georgia State University.

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Congrats to our Executive Education Participants

The Center for State and Local Finance recently awarded more than 20 certificates to public finance professionals, who completed our courses in retirement and government accounting. Both courses lead to the center’s Certificate in Public Financial Management.

Certificate in Retirement, Risk Management and Procurement (September 2017)

Crystal Burge, Georgia Department of Human Services… more »

Study Finds Start-up Charter Schools in Large Metropolitan Area Boost Home Values

ATLANTA – Homes closer to start-up charters schools in Georgia experience higher property values than those farther away, the greatest impact being for homes located within priority attendance zones in Atlanta, according to a new study by Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance. The report, commissioned by the more »

Doubling of Nonwhite Population Leads Demographic Changes Over Past 45 Years in Atlanta Metropolitan Region, Study Shows

ATLANTA—The nonwhite population has doubled and segregation has decreased as the Atlanta metropolitan region has grown by more than 300 percent over the past 45 years, according to new research by the Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University.

Now, more than 5.7 million people call metro Atlanta home. The… more »

Executive Education Courses Now Available for 2017-2018

Registration is open for the Center for State and Local Finance’s 2017-2018 executive education program.

CSLF’s course offerings include eight essential classes that span a variety of topics that public finance professionals need to hone strategic thinking, advance in the field, and educate key stakeholders.

Now in its fourth year, CSLF’s executive education program… more »

What Does Leadership in Public Finance Mean to You?

R. Demetrius Taylor, budget director for the Georgia Department of Human Services, was recently awarded CSLF’s Certificate in Public Financial Management. Over the past year, he completed the center’s executive education program, which included six core classes in public finance.

Taylor was recognized last week during CSLF’s debt management training for his completion of the… more »

Study: Rural Georgia Still Lagging Considerably Behind in State’s Economic Recovery, Job Growth

ATLANTA—Despite economic recovery and job growth in Georgia, rural communities are struggling more than other parts of the state, according to a report by Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance.

The report, “Jobs in Georgia’s Urban and Rural Regions and Counties, Changes in Distribution, Type and Quality from 2007 to… more »

New Report Examines Landscape of Georgia’s Community Improvement Districts

ATLANTA – Community improvement districts (CIDs) are an increasingly popular method of promoting economic growth in Georgia, with 25 active CIDs currently. In these special districts, property owners voluntarily tax themselves to fund a range of public improvements and services to support business.

In a new report, “Georgia’s Community Improvement Districts,” the Center for… more »