Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Join CPBB in Disrupting the "New Normal" at the NLC Congressional Cities Conference!

"Priority based budgeting is a process and a set of tools that can really help communities and elected officials change the way they talk about making financial decisions and how they achieve the results that the community is really looking for."

The National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference will showcase the disruptive 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 Congressional City Conference
specifically designed to assist elected officials and senior staff disrupt the "new normal" through the power of 
fiscal health and priority based budgeting.

Co-founders Chris Fabian and 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 Priority Based Budgeting Basics and Role of the Elected Official in the Budgeting Process workshops.

On Saturday, March 7th from 9 AM to noon we'll be presenting:

Priority Based Budgeting Basics  

“The budget is the single most important policy document a local government adopts.” How many times have elected officials heard this statement, and how many elected officials actually believe that this is the case? Learn about the breakthrough in budgeting, Priority Based Budgeting (through Fiscal Health and Wellness), an innovative, transparent and proven approach that creates a new and “unique lens” through which elected officials, managers, staff and ultimately constituents can truly see the impacts of their decisions on allocated resources in a way that achieves what the community wants, expects and desires.

Also on Saturday, March 7th from 1:30 to 4:30 PM we'll be presenting: 

Role of the Elected Official in the Budgeting Process  

Can you imagine having “agreement” among your elected officials, your organization and citizens as to which of the services you provide are of the “highest priority,” which programs are perfect for partnerships, shared services, out- or even in-sourcing? Learn about the methodology and tools that over 80+ communities across the US and Canada have successfully implemented to address these very questions. 

Elected officials will also learn about the data visualization of Fiscal Health modeling – the visual portrayal of complex financial and economic data sets, has proven to be a unifying construct, a “Rosetta-Stone” to bring all of our stakeholders (elected officials, administration, staff and citizens alike) to see things from the same perspective. 

Be sure to follow @theCPBB and #NLCDC for live tweet action throughout the conference!

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! 

Disrupting the "New Normal"

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 there 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.  

The underlying philosophy of priority based budgeting is about how a government entity should invest resources to meet its stated objectives. It helps us to better articulate why the services we offer exist, what price we pay for them, and, consequently, what value they offer citizens.

Priority Based Budgeting has now been successfully implemented in over 80 local government
communities coast-to-coast. We take pride in our partnership with these CPBB communities in an effort to improve a community's fiscal health for the benefit of the entire community. 

The core CPBB concepts of Fiscal Health and Wellness through Priority Based Budgeting are truly inspiring a new wave of municipal fiscal stewardship. A complete revolution in how local governments utilize their limited resources to the benefit of the communities they serve. 

This "New Wave," the fundamental paradigm shift in municipal financial stewardship, must be accepted if local governments are to be financially viable and able to create the types of communities their citizens are proud to call home.

Local government communities must consider a completely different perspective. In order to achieve success and accept the challenges that are ahead, we must see more clearly how to manage, use, and optimize resources in a much different way than has been done in the past.  

This new environment demands a new (economic) vision of the future. And that vision is created through priority based budgeting!

And don't forget! The Priority Based Budgeting Resource Alignment Diagnostic Tool is going web-based!  We've already built the basic model, but are now invited leading local government priority based budgeting implementers to assist us in crafting the final product. With the launch of this powerful new public finance technology tool, we now have 10 communities already signed up to define the future of on-line local government budgeting! If your community is interested in contributing to the final development of this disruptive new tool, and being among the first to utilize on-line priority based budgeting, contact us!

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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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