The Institute has posted a series of free webinars to help communities respond to the fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Offered with support from AT&T, our Navigating Fiscal Crisis webinars cover making ends meet against revenue shortfalls, tools for budgeting and analyzing the economy, planning for cashflow, short-term funding strategies and communicating difficult financial decisions.
Local government managers and leaders will benefit from the knowledge and tools shared by Institute of Government faculty with a combined 75 years of experience in local government finance and economic development.
The series opens with Economic and Budgeting Tools for Local Governments, discussing the tools the Institute has produced to help local governments understand the impact of the fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following webinars include financial topics of interest to communities, including cashflow, short-term funding strategies and communicating about fiscal challenges in difficult times.
All sessions are hosted by Institute of Government faculty and are now available for viewing. Please see more about the different webinar topics and find links to slides and recordings below.
Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Economic and Budgeting Tools for Local Governments
This 90-minute webinar considers the data finance officers and economic developers need. We discuss our economic models and budgeting tools in addition to some things local leaders should take into consideration when planning for the future.
Presenters: Laura Meadows, David Tanner, Wes Clarke, John Hulsey, Paula Sanford and Ted Baggett
View recording Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Easy Access to Economic Data (Georgiadata.org)
In this session, participants learn how to access important data for decision-making through Georgiadata.org.
Presenters: David Tanner, Emily Franklin and Greg Wilson
View recording Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Managing Cash Flow
The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced an economic downturn. Hopefully, your government has a short-term forecast that ensures operations can continue as planned for the coming months with a viable cash position. This session covers the importance of cash flow forecasting and the steps involved in preparing a cash flow forecast. It includes demonstration of a template to forecast cash flow. Presenters: John Hulsey and Paula Sanford
View recording Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Short-Term Funding Strategies
In the event your cash flow forecast reveals a deficit – what options are available to you? At the end of this session, you should be able to identify the options for short-term financing, including advantages and disadvantages of each.
Presenter: John Hulsey
View recording Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Communicating the New Normal
During times of fiscal stress, effective communication with the public and your employees is critical. At the end of this session, you should be able to implement techniques for effective communication to the public and employees.
Presenter: Paula Sanford