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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 »

In the News: Extending Pay-to-Play Rules to Municipal Advisors

Posted On September 6, 2016
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Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a revised rule that brings municipal advisors under the same regulations that apply to investment bankers.

This means restricting political contributions to issuer officials to prevent municipal advisors from engaging in pay-to-play practices, or undue financial pressure as part of contracts and work.

“In… more »

Graduation, Leadership Training Cap Successful Second Year

Posted On May 17, 2016
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The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) wrapped up the second year of its executive education program by awarding five participants with the Certificate in Public Financial Management, as well as hosting its first leadership training.

The 2015-2016 certificate recipients were:

Jill Adams, assistant finance director for Baldwin County, Ga, Richard Ferry, city administrator for the… more »

Georgia OPB Policy Coordinator Takes Control of Her Career with Executive Education

Posted On March 1, 2016
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Kellee Richards, a policy coordinator with Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, is enrolled in the Center for State and Local Finance’s executive education program in public finance.

Read her full interview below about the program, professional development and working for the state of Georgia.

Q. Why did you seek out continuing education? I believe… more »

‘Keep Pace with Change and Stand Out’

Posted On December 15, 2015
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Brenda Parker, (pictured on the left) a budget analyst with the Georgia Technology Authority, was recently awarded the Certificate in Public Financial Management from the Center for State and Local Finance.

Over the course of a year, she completed all of CSLF’s executive education courses to achieve the certification. Parker, who has been with the state of Georgia… more »

In New Rankings, Is Georgia Holding Its Own?

Posted On October 6, 2015
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While other states have made significant gains in revenue collected since the end of the Great Recession, Georgia has not. This and other important findings were uncovered in a recently published Georgia State University report that ranks Georgia vs. the rest of the United States on 38 metrics, including per capita state and local… more »