Last week, OpenGov hosted an event for local finance directors in Sacramento, CA ahead of the 2017 California State Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) Conference. The user-centric OpenGov California Regional Leadership Summit featured an energetic address by keynote William C. Statler. Statler’s remarks tackled the challenges and opportunities California’s municipal finance officers face today.
Statler, veteran former Finance and IT Director of San Luis Obispo, CA and former Finance Director of Simi Valley, CA, spoke the audience’s language from experience and with candor. Among his top 10 challenges facing finance officers, he included:
- Finance officers’ unique roles as guardians of the General Fund’s fiscal health;
- Communicating the government’s fiscal story meaningfully – internally and externally;
- Aligning resources with strategic goals; and
- Long-term sustainability planning.
No challenge comes without opportunity, however. First and foremost, Statler noted there is substantial opportunity in the availability of achieving practical, powerful solutions through innovative technology. Indeed, the summit also featured three customer use case presentations that illustrated concrete examples of how governments are successfully leveraging technology such as the OpenGov’s Smart Government Platform.
Specifically, Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID), a quasi-public agency in Nevada, and the City of Hayward, CA, have each used the platform to empower their departments’ staff with the detail and historical data necessary to create customized reports and drive informed decision-making. IVGID’s Controller Lori Pommerenck and Hayward’s Acting Finance Director Dustin Claussen presented on behalf of their organizations.
The City of Sausalito, CA’s former Finance Director Charlie Francis used the OpenGov platform as a solution to open up the town’s financial data to a broader constituency. The improved transparency led to a more diverse, representative public engagement environment.
The exciting part is that this is just the beginning. In the coming year, the OpenGov team is planning to host more Leadership Summits across the country to connect municipal leaders, finance officers, and public officials. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with peers, contribute and gain insights into best practices, and see new technology solutions in action. Additionally, users who are already members of the OpenGov network will be able to take part in closed user-group sessions, which offers the opportunity for users to engage with more specificity around their own experiences and goals. Members of OpenGov’s top-rated Customer Success and Government Finance Solutions teams will moderate the user groups.
We are actively considering locations for future Leadership Summits, so if you would like to request that we host an event in your region, please email us at email@example.com.