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Join us for a series of free webinars to help communities respond to the fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Navigating Fiscal Crisis webinars will 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.

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The series kicks off May 28 with an in-depth, 90-minute webinar. Economic and Budgeting Tools for Local Governments, offered at 1 p.m. May 28, will discuss the tools the Institute has produced to help local governments understand the impact of the fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tools include:

  • Data on Georgiadata.org – how to access unemployment and sales tax data as well as other information.
  • Economic impact model – Our custom economic impact model can be run at the county level. Based on estimated job losses in up to 40 different industries, the model produces estimates of job loss, compensation decrease and decrease to gross regional product.
  • Budgeting tool – Our tool helps local governments run scenario planning.  A local government can look at a best case, worst case and likely case for their budget and use the tool to run scenarios.

The Navigating Fiscal Crisis webinars consider the data finance officers and economic developers need, including our economic models and budgeting tool as well as other things local leaders should take into consideration when planning for the future.

Upcoming webinars include financial topics of interest to communities, including cashflow, short-term funding strategies and communicating about fiscal challenges in difficult times.

The series is free and all sessions will be hosted by Institute of Government faculty. Please register via the links below.

Upcoming Webinars:

Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Economic and Budgeting Tools for Local Governments
1 p.m. May 28
Free
Our series launches with an in-depth, 90-minute webinar that considers the data finance officers and economic developers need. We'll 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

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Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Easy Access to Economic Data (Georgiadata.org)
10 a.m. June 4
Free
Learn how to access important data for decision-making through Georgiadata.org.
Presenters: David Tanner, Emily Franklin and Scott King
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Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Managing Cash Flow
10 a.m. June 9
Free
In this pandemic-induced economic downturn; hopefully, your government has a short-term forecast that ensures that operations can continue as planned for the coming months and that your government has a viable cash position. At the end of this session, you should be able to recall the steps involved in preparing a cash flow forecast and prepare a basic cash flow forecast.
Presenter: John Hulsey
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Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Short-Term Funding Strategies
10 a.m. June 16
Free
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.
Presenters: John Hulsey and Paula Sanford
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Navigating Fiscal Crisis: Communicating the New Normal
10 a.m. June 23
Free
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
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