Thursday, November 7, 2013

Are YOU Ready for the National League of Cities Congress of Cities!

The National League of Cities Congress of Cities will showcase the dynamic ways cities are driving change and finding successful solutions to the most pressing challenges in local government. Thousands of innovative local government leaders from around the nation attend NLC's annual conference every year. We at the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) couldn't be more excited to attend, participate and present at this powerful event!

The Center for Priority Based Budgeting has two workshops at the Congress of Cities 
specifically designed to assist elected officials and senior staff achieve local economic and fiscal health.

Co-founders Chris Fabian & Jon Johnson, in addition to CPBB Senior Advisor Kathie Novak (a former long-term Council member, former two-term Mayor of the City of Northglenn, Colorado, and former President of the National League of Cities), will be presenting.

On Wednesday, November 13th at 1:30 PM, we'll be presenting Priority Based Budgeting 
Part I - Achieving Fiscal Health - Tools & Techniques for Diagnosis & Treatment

During this half-day training, you will hear about the five (5) basic principles of "Fiscal Health" and learn how to use proven tools and techniques to help ease your organization's fiscal stress for the short-term and improve its financial sustainability for the long-term.  

You will learn how to "self-assess" your own financial situation through a series of diagnostic questions that will validate where your organization is "healthy" and pin-point where your organization can improve. The workshop will also demonstrate the use of a simple, interactive diagnostic tool that can help any organization more effectively communicate its fiscal position to all interested stakeholders (including staff, elected officials, bargaining units, and ultimately, citizens) as well as serve as a monitoring tool to ensure that the organization remains the "picture of Fiscal Health". 

On Thursday, November 14th at 9:00 AM, we'll be presenting Priority Based Budgeting 
Part II - Looking at Your Budget through a NEW Lens 

Local governments continue to face previously unknown financial and political pressures as they struggle to develop meaningful and fiscally prudent budgets.  Revenues are at best stable (or even declining), while demand for services continues to increase.  Citizens believe that government budgets are "fat" and that this is ample waste to "cut".  Civic leaders more often than not, focus on "across the board" cuts that spreads the pain equally - but also encourages mediocrity rather than excellence. 

Priority Based Budgeting is a unique and innovative approach being used by local governments across the Country to match available resources with community priorities, provide information to elected officials that lead to better informed decisions, meaningfully engage citizens in the budgeting process and, finally, escape the traditional routine of basing "new" budgets on revisions to the "old" budget.  This holistic approach helps to provide elected officials and other decision-makers with a "new lens" through which to frame better-informed financial and budgeting decisions and helps ensure that a community is able to identify and preserve those programs and services that are most highly valued.   

Register for these innovative workshops here

For your convenience, we're also available for private meetings to more comprehensively discuss and explore how the CPBB may best be able to assist your local government community. To schedule a one-on-one meeting, contact Chris Fabian via e-mail or by phone/text at 303.520.1356.

We look forward to seeing you and discussing all the creative and innovative concepts so many local government communities are implementing across the country! 

The Center for Priority Based Budgeting™ (CPBB), established in 2010, provides technical and advisory services to assist local governments, school districts, special districts and other non-profit agencies achieve Fiscal Health and Wellness through Priority Based Budgeting. This creative and innovative process, developed by CPBB, enables communities to reassess their priorities in order to make sound, long-term funding decisions. CPBB's mission is to be a trusted advisor and a dependable, objective resource, assisting local government leaders who are seeking service excellence, transparency to their stakeholders and a strong desire to achieve the Results that are important to their community.

From large organizations (such as the cities of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sacramento, California and Edmonton, Alberta) to mid-sized communities (like the Colorado cities of Boulder, Wheat Ridge and Fort Collins) to smaller communities (such as Blue Ash, Ohio and Douglas County, Nevada), the processes and tools developed by CPBB have proven effective, scalable, and best of all, repeatable. CPBB has already led 50+ communities through this comprehensive body of work.

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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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