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VGFOA Professional Development Program


New Finance Director and Staff Orientation to Virginia Local Government Finance
Southwest Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210
Monday, January 13, 2020 


This course will serve as an introduction to the new finance director and staff (budget analyst, etc.) on the roles and responsibilities in the context of Virginia Local Government.  The workshop is an excellent refresher course for anyone responsible for local government financial management.  Key topics include the structure and process of budgeting at the local government level and capital improvement plan requirements.  A session dedicated to the school board and outside stakeholder cooperation will be a key focus of the session.  Long term financing plans and an overview of the audit process will be discussed.  The final session will discuss current issues at the State level including fiscal distress reporting and potential legislative issues.  



Session Description


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Light Breakfast


9:00 am -9:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

Overview of the Day

Stephanie Davis,

Program Director

9:30 am-10:30 am

The Budget Process in Virginia local government - Budget Calendar, Revenues, Expenditures, State Code Requirements, Capital Improvement Plans

Stephanie Davis,

Program Director

10:30 am-10:45 am



10:45 am – 11:45 am

Working with Elected Officials, Schools and other key stakeholders  (Outside Agencies)


Panel Discussion - Eric Workman, County Administrator, Bland County and David Scott Meade, School Superintendent, Bland County and others TBD

Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Regional Networking


1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Issuing Debt and Long-term Capital Financing for Infrastructure Needs

Kyle Laux, Senior Vice President, Davenport and Company, LLC and

Lisa Williams, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

2:00 pm-2:15 pm



2:15 pm-3:15 pm

The Audit Process

Ann Shawver, CPA

3:15 pm -4:15 pm

The Auditor of Public Accounts Oversight for Local Government and Update on Key Local Reporting and Processes

Laurie Hicks, CPA, CFE, Local Government and Judicial Systems Audit Director

Rachel Reamy, CGFM, Local Government Audit Manager


4:30 pm

Questions/Answers with all Session Speakers

Wrap Up and Adjourn

Moderator: Stephanie Davis


 CPE Credits Earned: 7.5 CPE hours; Cost: $50


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Questions?  Contact Stephanie Davis, Program Director,