Training and Professional Development

Public Finance Leadership Academy

The Public Finance Leadership Academy (PFLA) is our signature financial leadership program. Offered in partnership between the UGA Institute of Government and Georgia Government Finance Officers Association (GGFOA), PFLA equips new and emerging public sector financial management leaders with the knowledge they need to successfully manage the fiscal affairs and activities of a local government. Participants in this six-month cohort program learn from peers, industry professionals and leadership experts to take their skills to the next level.

Please send the completed application to John Hulsey at

Application deadline: September 1, 2024



The PFLA focuses on leadership and financial skills for government leaders, discussing such concepts as personal and organizational integrity, self-awareness, change leadership, local, state and federal laws, strategic planning, internal control and the cycle of financial management, government accounting principles, preparing for the audit, and more.

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Government Structure and


This advanced program is designed to designed to prepare participants with the distinguished skills to lead financial operations and effectively communicate at all levels of government and with the public.

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Advanced Financial Management Concepts

PFLA participants will encounter next-level training in financial management, studying intergovernmental agreements, contractual debt obligations, long-term fiscal sustainability measures, property taxes, pensions and OPEB as well as the Capital Improvement Process, financing options, referendums, underlying credit and bond ratings and more.

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Leadership and Effective Communication

Our leadership focus sets the PFLA apart from other programs that focus only on finance skills. To be the leaders of tomorrow, finance professionals need skills to build and inspire teams. PFLA offers the latest training in government leadership.



The Public Finance Leadership Academy application process is competitive, with approximately 15 participants selected for each session. Students take courses as a cohort and graduate together. Applications include contact information, employment information, previous experience, educational background, professional information, and an applicant essay.

Applicants must have successfully completed the Level II Finance Officer Certification or completed Level I with progress towards Level II to be considered. Alternatively, candidates who hold certain financial professional designations, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), will be eligible for consideration without meeting the Level I and Level II requirement.

All candidate applications will be reviewed by an Advisory Board of finance professionals from across the State of Georgia.

Requirements for acceptance into the program include:

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John Hulsey