The Great Plains Government Finance Officers Association was incorporated in the fall of 2009 in response to the need for a state/local chapter of the GFOA for government finance professionals in Nebraska and Iowa. Our primary work has been to organize semi-annual conferences for professional development. We are also trying to make it easier to reach across jurisdictional and geographic boundaries. There is great value in sharing ideas and experiences among state finance staff and local finance officials; between city and county governments, and among multiple states in this region.
The Great Plains GFOA has held educational events each spring and fall since 2010. These events feature local and nationally-known speakers on a wide range of subjects important to government finance. Sessions at the spring and fall conferences usually qualify for continuing education credits, and the conferences offer a change to share ideas and experiences with one’s peers from other jurisdictions. Topics have covered many financial management issues confronting government, including accounting, accounting standards, citizen engagement, ethics, internal controls and fraud prevention, leadership, performance management, pension and benefit administration, risk management, and many other topics.