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In the words of Frank Sinatra, it was a very good year. Both the fall and spring conferences provided a wide range of training. The venues and accommodations were top notch, and attendance for both conferences continues to be strong. The conference planning committee continues to do excellent work to provide new topics
​and new speakers to keep the conference sessions fresh while still covering the basics.  

Our plans to reach out to universities to recruit the next generation of municipal finance professionals continues to gain steam. Hopefully, we can visit even more classes in the next year and continue to encourage interest in municipal finance.

This year, Becky Brooks transitioned out of her role as Executive Director and took on the care and maintenance of or Sponsorship relations, with continued success and increased revenues to the organization. She also continues to be a fount of institutional knowledge. Many thanks to her for all of her hard work.  

Spring was consumed by the 2015 Legislative session. As in prior years, there was a sustained assault on local control and attempts to restrict the revenues and flexibility of local governments to administer their own affairs. However, most of the truly bad bills were defeated.  A wrap up of the legislative session can be found in the latest newsletter and on the legislative committee page of the website.

The nominating committee this year did an excellent job of recommending next year’s slate of board members. I believe a good balance was struck to provide representation of both large and small cites from all regions of the state.  

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Bret Starr

President, GFOAT