Downstate Chapter Southern Region Professional Development Seminar

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Time 9:30am
Location Mt. Vernon Airport
100 Aviation Drive
Mt. VernonIL 

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Delivery Method In Person
Field of Study Finance - Technical
NASBA CPE Earn 3.00 CPE Hours
Contact Debra Zimmerman

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IGFOA Downstate Chapter Southern Region Professional Development Agenda

9:30 - 9:55 AM - Registration and Networking

9:55 - 10:00 AM  - Welcome and Introductions

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Pricing Protocols in the Insurance World and Winning Leverage in Benefit Negotiations
An interactive session explaining the intersection of risk and pricing as it relates to group size as well as a discussion of how to return leverage in benefit negotiations to the management side of the table. 
Speaker: Gregg Aleman, Principal, Premier Insurance Consultants, LLC
Learning Objectives - Participants completing this session will be able to:
1. Better understand the main cost drivers in health insurance pricing
2. Have the ability to ask the pricing questions to insurance companies/brokers to best leverage cost
3. Learn about the trend effects in all lines of employee benefit coverages
4. Explore total compensation as it relates to leveraging benefit negotiations

11:00 - 11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Prepping for the World of Tomorrow: Automation in Local Government
The world is moving faster and faster in the age of technology.  Every day we hear more and more about automation in workforce and how it will revolutionize the way people do business and upend entire industries. But what about government?  Government gets a bad reputation for being slow and inefficient, how can local governments begin to counter this view and show that government can work efficiently?  Enter automation for local governments.   This session will discuss the reasons local government leaders should be looking to automate including efficiency, accuracy, and best practice leadership.  You will learn the benefits of automation to taxpayers and municipal staff and learn the various ways to automate processes within your organization.  By the end of the session you will understand how easy it can be to take advantage of automation opportunities that may not have been considered before.
Speaker:  Scott Shamberg, Vice President, Azavar Government Solutions
Learning Objectives - Participants completing this session will be able to:  

1. Gain an understanding of what automaton is doing in the world and why it is important.
2. Learn the ways to automate finances in their organizations. 
3. Understand the benefits of automation for both local government staff and taxpayers. 

12:15 - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Bonds 101: Understanding the Process and Players
This session will educate the participant on the municipal bond issuance process, what types of debt instruments are available and the bond professionals typically associated with an issuance.  
Speakers: Stephen Adams, Director, Public Finance of PMA Securities and Kyle Harding, Partner, Chapman & Cutler LLP
Learning Objectives - Participants completing this session will be able to:  
1. Understand the different types of debt instruments available to municipal entities.
2. Learn about the various methods of sale available to municipal issuers.
3. Know the bond professionals associated with an issuance and their roles.
4. Understand Federal Tax and Securities Laws.

2:00 - 2:15 PM - Closing Remarks and Networking

Intended Audience: Finance Professionals
Delivery Method: Group-Live
Program Level: Overview
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required
Advanced Preparation: No advanced preparation required
Field of Study: Finance - Technical
Earn About 3.0 CPE credit

Presented by the Downstate chapter

Registration & Cancellation Policy

Registrations are accepted on a first-in, first registered basis. Payments by check should be mailed in advance or made at time of registration by credit card. Payments will not be accepted the day of the event.

IGFOA Members are those Public Sector and Associate individuals specifically listed in the IGFOA Membership Application or Renewal. IGFOA Government non-member rate applies to staff, appointed officials, and elected officials of a government with a current IGFOA membership.  The IGFOA reserves the right to apply the non-member fee to any individual or government that has not paid dues for the current year.  If you have questions about your membership, contact IGFOA at 630-942-6587.

If you are unable to attend, please contact IGFOA at 630-942-6587 or as soon as possible.  A $20 cancellation fee will be charged for cancellations up to Ocrober 17, 2018.  Cancellations after October 17, 2018 and no-shows are responsible for the full fee.

IGFOA reserves the right to modify the agenda, cancel the event due to low enrollment, or to close registration if full. Should IGFOA Downstate Chapter cancel an event, cancellation notice will be sent to the email address provided by each registrant and prominently posted at the IGFOA website page announcing the event. By submitting this registration, the applicant agrees to the registration and cancellation policy above.

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