Remote Training

Welcome to the GFOAT Remote Training. If you have questions about any of the training opportunities listed, please contact Martie Simpson, GFOAT Executive Director.

FTN Financial: June 2020 Economic Update

The US economy started reopening in May, but the data suggest the economy continued to weaken, just at a slower pace than April. Join Chris Monday morning for a recap of the latest data, including the May jobs report and a preview of the June Fed meeting.

GASB Lease Implementation Updates: Where Do We Go from Here?

Join BKD for a live update on GASB lease implementation. We’ll examine changes to the implementation timeline due to the GASB effective date delay statement, as well as implementation challenges arising from the current uncertain environment.

BKD’s COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard

As the country transitions to a recovery footing from COVID-19, we want to keep you updated on the economic big picture. BKD’s COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard is a dynamic data stream designed to provide a snapshot of the information that’s most important to you.

Whether you’re looking for local COVID-19 activity, unemployment rates, market response or industry metrics, the dashboard has it all in one convenient place to help you make informed decisions in real time. Click the link below to keep tabs on COVID-19 movement in your area and how it’s influencing your industry.

COVID-19 PPP Loan Forgiveness: What We Know

Following the release of the PPP loan forgiveness application on Friday, May 15, BKD Trusted Advisors™ responded quickly to provide guidance around this highly anticipated topic via two separate webinars on May 18. We understand this affects a significant number of organizations and therefore would like to share a recorded copy of the webinar, which can be viewed at the link below.

BKD COVID-19 Weekly Webinar Series: Pandemic Response & Cybersecurity Considerations

After years of planning, performing disaster response tabletops and testing business resiliency along with IT/cyber remote access controls, organizations across the country now face a real-world test of their overall maturity in these areas. Regardless of your role, every individual should pay special attention to emerging cybersecurity risks and expectations for maintaining a safe work environment. This webinar will summarize the key impacts, threats and considerations that organizations should consider going forward.

GFOA Virtual Training Conference

Sign up to attend sessions on familiar core topics like accounting, budgeting, treasury management, and debt. The Virtual Conference will also provide programs to bring you the tools and skills you need to steer your jurisdiction through the pandemic. The sessions will be streamed May 18–June 26, 2020, and will feature leading practitioners, recognized industry experts, and researchers (40+ sessions available • session days and times vary). Learn more and register today. Plus, pass along details about GFOA’s virtual sponsor and exhibit hall opportunities!

FTN Financial May 2020 Economic Update

Friday’s employment report is expected to show record job losses and a record high unemployment rate. Forecasts range from awful to worse, but we all knew April would be bad. The majority of jobs lost are COVID-related furloughs resulting from the voluntary decision to lockdown the economy. What we don’t know, now that most of the economy is shut down, is how quickly we can start it up again. The restart is the true test. Join Chris Monday for a recap of the latest economic data, including the April jobs numbers and our thoughts on the reopening.

Senate Bill 2 Passed: Now What Are You Going to Do?

After years of city opposition, revenue cap legislation finally passed in 2019. In this pre-recorded webinar, you’ll learn about the basics of the new tax rate requirements and timelines, along with what your city can do to successfully manage the transition to the new property tax rate-setting process. The speakers will also discuss the major components of the bill including new terminology, calendar and transparency requirements, and the disaster exemption included in the bill.

BKD COVID-19 Weekly Webinar Series: The New Normal – COVID-19’s Impact on the People, Processes & Technology of Finance Departments

COVID-19 has pressured finance departments to increase efficiency, re-invent digital workplace processes and produce meaningful reporting to drive business decision-making by boards, owners and partners. This webinar will explore these trends, identify challenges and present options for an environment of reduced staff and inadequate tools. Focusing on best practices, we’ll discuss strategies for short-term need and long-term benefit.

CARES Act Educational Initiative

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is leading an education effort helping local government and school districts understand the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. While these are challenging times for local communities, the CARES Act includes several programs addressing issues that states, and local governments are handling as they work together to protect their communities and economic infrastructure.

A New Path Forward: Special Districts for Texas Municipalities

As cities continue to shape growth at their edges and rules tighten around annexations, special districts chart a new path forward for Texas municipalities. This 30-minute webinar will explore how special districts are created, the difference between public improvement districts (PIDs) and municipal utility districts (MUDs), and an overview on general law districts.

Clearing the Air: Quick Updates on Public Sector COVID-19 Changes – April 30

As public sector entities, you’re probably receiving endless accounting alerts and notifications related to COVID-19, and we want to help! Join us for a live webinar covering COVID-19 effects on public sector entities. We’ll share some of the greatest stories and key changes for governments of all types, and help you find clarity amid the challenges.

BKD – COVID-19 – Fraud’s Partner in Crime – April 23

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing business operations for the entire country. Those changes are bringing about new risks, including a higher chance of fraudulent behavior. This webinar will discuss these risks, along with ways to help mitigate fraud during this crisis and beyond.

GFOA Training

Dedicated to the sound management of government financial resources, GFOA provides professional development opportunities to more than 12,000 state and local finance professionals each year. Developed and taught by public finance experts, GFOA offers professional education through group-live courses held across the country and Internet-based courses.

Coronavirus Webcast Series—2020-RSM

RSM understands that these are uncertain times for individuals, communities and businesses as the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues to spread around the world. We want to help however we can by providing information and resources for businesses to weather this storm. We are all in this together.

As part of that effort, RSM is launching a weekly webcast series on issues related to the coronavirus. RSM’s goal is to share insights for business leaders to understand:

  • The economic impact from this pandemic
  • How organizations can prepare for the future
  • How to mitigate risk

April 2020 Economic Update Webinar-FHN Financial

Start Date:4/6/2020     Start Time:10:30 AM CDT   Duration:60 minutes

The US economy slowed dramatically between February and March, perhaps the most in a single month in the history of this country. Two questions hang over markets now. How much did the economy slow, and when will it recover? Join Chris for a discussion of the March employment report, the ISMs, and other early survey data, all of which provide clues to the extent of the slowdown. Also, we’ll look at trends in the spread of Covid-19 and measures taken by Congress through the CARES Act and by the Fed through half a dozen loan programs designed to keep the economy and markets functional, all of which are clues to the recovery.

GFOAT On-Demand Seminars
Video recordings of educational sessions held at our Spring Institute and Fall Conferences. Each video is approximately on hour long.

Public Funds Investment Act Online Training
Virtual Learning Concepts offers Public Funds Investment Act training online for Texas Municipal League members. This online course is the equivalent of the full ten hours of required training, but allows a participant to certify from the comfort of home or office.