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Learn How to Build Financial Strength and Sustainability with Sessions at League’s Annual Conference

August 14, 2015
Attending the League of California Cities® Annual Conference & Expo can be one of the wisest investments your city makes.
What you learn will directly benefit your constituents. Take a peek at a few of the sessions we are offering this year:
  • Economic Development Project Funding in 2015 — “Sustainability” Replaces Redevelopment — Hear how cities can install new financing mechanisms and provide financial assistance for projects in a post-RDA world. With an improving economy and recent legislative changes in California, cities have new tools, mandates, and funding sources to promote sustainable economic development and infrastructure projects. Identify new tools, their ability to use/attract private investment, expedite project approvals, create sustainable public-private partnerships and projects transforming communities, and install needed local/regional infrastructure 
  • Summer at City Hall: Winning Formula for Students and Staff — Learn how the city of Sacramento, in partnership with its four school districts and various community agencies, has taken a proactive role in developing tomorrow’s engaged citizens and future public sector workforce. Through its 7-week Summer at City Hall program including class time, field trips and city department internships, 100 high school students gain civic knowledge, local government interest, and develop an advocacy platform to improve their neighborhoods. Learn how to replicate this program which not only engages students, but positively impacts the city and the employees working with the students. 
  • Cap-and-Trade: What Cities Need to Know — The 2014-15 State Budget included the first real appropriations of Cap-and-Trade Auction Revenues. Hear from some of the state agencies and departments on how your city can access this expanding funding source. 
Also, in case you missed it, two sessions relating to municipal finance were recently added to the program:
  • How Cities are Building Financial Strength with the Municipal Financial Health Diagnostic — How can you keep your city from financial disaster? Grappling effectively with financial distress before it becomes a crisis first requires a shared understanding of the financial condition of your city. Most financial crises can be managed without court or outside agency intervention if leaders, staff and key interests have the courage, competence, and collaboration to recognize and agree upon the city’s financial condition and implement the necessary changes. The first step is properly evaluating financial condition. The League’s California Municipal Financial Health Diagnostic can be an invaluable tool to identifying strengths and uncovering areas that need improvement. Come hear the stories of cities that are on a path toward better financial health through the Municipal Financial Health Diagnostic. 
  • A Quick Understanding of Your City Financial Statements for Non-Finance People —The session will cover how a non-finance person can quickly grasp the key parts of their audited financial statements. Your 150 page audited document doesn’t have to be a mystery. Items in the session include understanding the key buckets of cash in various city funds, key features of the balance sheet, key parts of the revenue/expense recaps, cash flow statements and significant note disclosures. So bring a highlighter pen and a copy of your financial statements and end up with a usable understanding of your city’s money. 
Register now to attend these sessions and more.

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