Time flies when you are having fun and when you are busy working and getting ready for back-to-school (yes, it is that time of year). I hope you have all had a chance to enjoy some time off with family and friends this summer, and if you were lucky, in a location much cooler than Texas! As usual this time of year, the heat – along with the busyness of budgeting, interim audit preparation, debt planning, and cash and investment management – has been relentless. I love my home state of Texas, but when it comes to triple digit heat indexes, I'm always ready to move from July directly into the fall. If you are unable to take a vacation anywhere north of 100 degrees, perhaps you can cool off by thinking about GTOT's upcoming Winter Seminar!
This year the Winter Seminar will be returning to the Hilton Houston Post Oak. Mark your calendar to join us in Houston on December 4-7, 2016. As always, this annual conference will feature individual and panel speakers on a variety of topics related to the treasury function of governmental organizations. The Winter Seminar is not only an educational venue but also provides each participant with great networking opportunities. The Board, committee members, and staff of the UNT Center for Public Management are already hard at work to plan sessions that will appeal to newbies as well as seasoned professionals working with public funds. The seminar will give each participant the opportunity to earn up to 15 hours of PFIA, CPE, CGFO, and/or TASBO CEU credit for attending the regular sessions. An additional credit hour is available if you attend the optional session on GTOT's investment policy certification program. Don't forget, too, that being hosted in the Galleria area of Houston, there are many options for entertaining, dining, shopping, and visiting with colleagues. I hope to see you there!
Curios about that optional training session at the Winter Seminar? The GTOT offers a certification program to ensure your investment policy is in compliance with the Texas Public Funds Investment Act. As part of that review, you will receive a certification to recognize your policy as being in compliance with the Act. If your policy does not meet the criteria for certification, you will receive an explanation of the needed changes to get your policy into compliance with the Act.
Before returning to the routine and traffic associated with the start of a new school year (and for many of us, a soon to be a new fiscal year), I do hope you are able to enjoy a safe and happy time of rest and relaxation even if it is a stay-cation to binge watch Netflix from the air-conditioned comfort of your own home.