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notch program; it is the perfect opportunity to invest in your staff and yourself. The more informed your staff is, the stronger your department becomes as a whole. The fellowship and friendships built with peers from across the state is invaluable. 

Conference sessions range from determining an appropriate reserve balance to explaining the effective tax rate to your governing body, and talking to the media, to how to prepare if the IRS comes knocking on the City Hall door. There will also be updates on pensions, TMRA, and GASB as well as round table discussion sessions. Upon my return from a conference, my city manager would ask, “was it worthwhile?” Usually, my response was, “There was this one session that made the whole trip worth it.”

Along with the wonderful education sessions, there will also be a chance to network and fellowship with others. On Monday we will enjoy a private show of the ever so popular Esther’s Follies — part magic show, part vaudeville review, part improvisational tour de force, Esther’s Follies takes no prisoners, offering biting, hilarious satire on all the newsmakers and events fit to parody. 

The opportunity to become involved with the organization is another reason to attend the conference. Being actively involved gives you and your staff the chance to gain more information, ideas, and contacts. You can be mentored to and in turn mentor others that come along. Even with years of experience, we should never miss an opportunity to grow. 

Our nominating committee has also come up with the following slate of nominees for the board positions up for election. They are President-Elect Mike Rogers (Webster), Treasurer Martie Simpson (Killeen), East Representative Katina Hampton (Friendswood), and Central Representative Lorie Lankford (Round Rock). You will have an opportunity to vote on this slate during the business meeting being held at the conference in Austin.

See you in Austin………

Don Jennings
The Spring Conference — held in Austin — is quickly approaching, and I hope that everyone is planning to attend! There are several reasons to attend; the outstanding programming, fellowship, and opportunity to connect with a committee. 

The committee has developed a top-