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Advanced Commitment to Excellence (ACE) Award
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 ACE Awards. The ACE Awards or Advanced Commitment to Excellence is a new FGFOA recognition program.  The awards are to underscore the importance of innovation in government finance.  There are many examples across our membership of outstanding work that is being done on a daily basis.  The ACE Awards gives us a changes to share these stories, celebrate successes and most importantly, learn from each other. For the inaugural year, two categories were chosen.  We were surprised and pleased with the participation.  There was one Winner and one Honorable Mention chosen for each category. 

Website Transparency (6 applications)
ACE Award – City of Naples
Honorable Mention - City of Gainesville 

Process Improvement category (12 applications)
ACE Award – Miami-Dade County
Honorable Mention Justice Administrative Commission

There will be a presentation at the 2015 School of Governmental Finance in November highlighting these four innovative successes.

2015 CGFO Renewals
2015 renewal period is not until 7/31.  You have until 7/31/15 to report.  Renewal information will be sent out towards the end of June via email.    

You can still earn CPE credits through 6/30/2015.  Notification will include a link to take the online ethics exam, instructions on how to enter your CPE’s online as well as a link to make your $40 recertification fee payment.   

Right now our system is not set up to start the renewal process so please be looking for an email the last week of June.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Merrily Bennett.
Congratulations to the new CGFO's as of the Spring Exams
Michael Cascone – City of Tampa

Jo-Anne Drury – Lake County Clerk of Court

Jacqueline Jackson – Broward County Office of County Attorney

Kayleen Kastel – City of Clearwater

Mariana Ortega-Sanchez – City of Palm Springs

Carlos A. Perez – Broward County , Transportation Dept.

Charles Proulx – City of Port St. Lucie

Viendu Tran – City of Tampa

2015-2016 Committee Applications
If you are interested in serving on one of our committee for the 2015-2016 year click here for an application.  Please return completed applications to Dana Anderson.
FGFOA is proud to offer FREE Webinars to all current FGFOA members
Registration information is sent to all members via email approximately two weeks prior to each webinar. Click here to view the presentations. 2015/2016 Tentative Schedule
A letter from Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida. 
The Florida Division of Retirement has issued an Information Release (Click Here) on the two local government retirement bills that passed the Legislature and were approved by the Governor this year: SB 172 (Chapter 2015-39, Laws of Florida) concerning municipal police and municipal/special district fire pension plans; and HB 1309 (Chapter 2015-157, Laws of Florida) concerning mortality tables that must be used by all local government pension plans. Please note that neither bill has any effect on the Florida Retirement System.
Click here to view an information release by pension lawyer, Jim Linn, briefly reviewing the Information Release. Mr. Linn will speak on both bills during a pension workshop at the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference in Orlando on August 14, at 4:15pm. Please note that the Division has scheduled 2 webinars on August 10, at 10 am and 2 pm, and a webinar on August 11, at 10 am, to review the bills. Please contact the Division directly if you would like more information on participating in any webinar.
The League also has a detailed Summary of SB 172, as well as additional information needed to determine how the bill would work for your city, on its website at www.floridaleagueofcities.com under “Legislative/Advocacy” and Municipal Pension Issue Brief.