Thursday, September 26, 2013

It's a Wrap! CPBB Highlights from the 2013 ICMA Annual Conference

The 99th Annual ICMA Conference held in Boston last week was a supreme success! With thousands of creative, innovative and enthusiastic local government professionals in attendance, the energy was tremendous! Deemed as the largest annual event in the world for local government professionals, the event exceeded all expectations!

The Center for Priority Based Budgeting was a proud presenter, exhibitor and participant at the conference. The CPBB is proud to be recognized as a partner of ICMA's Center for Management Strategies. In 2012, ICMA established CPBB's Fiscal Health and Wellness through Priority Based Budgeting as a leading practice for local governments.

The CPBB presented Leading Your Organization (and Elected Officials) to Fiscal Health & Wellness through Priority Based Budgeting on Sunday, September 22nd, as part of ICMA's Leadership Institute curriculum. The presentation was sold-out and was enthusiastically received by those in attendance. For those who were unable to attend, please see these links to our full presentation slides:

Additionally, the CPBB exhibited alongside ICMA's Center for Management Strategies (CMS) in the ICMA Pavilion. We were so pleased to exhibit alongside all the other "leading practice" practitioners. We were able to have dozens of fantastic conversations with innovative local government leaders who have and/or are very interested in implementing the CPBB concepts of Fiscal Health and Priority Based Budgeting in their communities. Thanks for all who took the time to stop by and chat with us!

As true believers in the Decade of Local Government, the CPBB was actively promoting the fact that local governments cannot continue to do things the way they always have. Of most interest to us is the concept of the “intended use” of resources based on the results a community desires to achieve, or what we would call “alignment of resources with results” in Priority Based Budgeting.

As we wrote about in 2012 for PM Magazine, Priority Based Budgeting has unveiled a way for local governments to spend within their means by continuously focusing on the results most relevant to their communities and the programs that influence those results to the highest possible degree. The concept involves leveraging each tax dollar so programs with the greatest impact on results are distinguished from programs with a lesser influence. 

In fact, communities that have embraced it have redefined the notion of return on investment—it’s a
“return on results,” a societal return, where each dollar is evaluated in terms of its influence on the community. One dollar spent on a program achieving multiple results is a leveraged dollar – it’s as if it is being spent again and again to achieve the results that the community is in business to achieve. 

(For more on the City of Boulder's Resource Re-allocation Breakthrough we offer this graphic depiction on ICMA’s Center for Management Strategies blog.)

Central to PBB is the idea that all local government organizations can determine the role they're suited to serve best within a community, and amongst all potential service providers within a region - identifying the overlap, the potential for partnerships, consolidated services, and spinning off of services between city, county, school district, non-profit and private sector organizations. The end goal is nothing short of the most efficient use of a community's resources as a whole, to achieve the results of a region – it’s "bang for the buck" for the provision of public services.

Most importantly,  ICMA conference attendees have fully embraced these innovative concepts and are actively implementing Fiscal Health and Wellness through Priority Based Budgeting to the significant benefit of their communities.

Thanks again to ICMA, conference sponsors and exhibitors and all those who attended to make this an amazing and productive event! We already can't wait for the 2014 ICMA Conference and the opportunity to celebrate ICMA's 100th birthday. See you in Charlotte!

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If you're thinking of jumping into the world of Fiscal Health and Wellness through Priority Based Budgeting we would certainly like to be part of your efforts! Contact us to schedule a free webinar and identify the best CPBB service option(s) to meet your organization's particular needs.

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