From Chapter President Jamie Lenore Chambers:


I am excited to be able to serve our chapters members in the 2019-2020 program year.  I became involved with the AGA several years ago because I was intrigued by the organization’s commitment to providing educational events relevant to my field.  For many years, I took advantage of the variety of learning opportunities, and then three years ago I was asked to be part of the Board.  In that time, I have had the privilege to serve as the Web Administrator, Early Career Chair, CGFM Chair, and now as President.  The last three years has provided tremendous learning and growing opportunities and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities yet to come.           

Our chapter has three big goals for this year.  All three goals revolve around promoting sustainability of government through education.  We care about sustainability because we care about quality governance now and way into the future.

The 2019-2020 goals include:

  1. Maximizing member value,
  2. Building awareness of career opportunities in government, and
  3. Education individuals about governmental financial management. 

First is maximizing member value.  Our chapter has historically provided affordable CPE events for our members and others who serve the citizen in a governmental financial professional role; we will continue to do so.  To ensure we facilitate the training you need, open communication is important.  This year we are going to work on a communication plan to help us ensure you (our members) get the training that is important to you and we share information timely. 

One of the big issues we all have seen is the decline of interest from young professionals.  For State government jobs, this may be due to confusions about how to get on the register.  It could also be due to opportunities in State government not being recognized as a career opportunity by young professional entering financial management fields.  In this program year, we hope to increase the information that is available to college students and upcoming graduates to make them aware of the abundant opportunities in State government.  Due to our membership being mostly of State employees, primary focus will be State Government job opportunities; however, we will ensure students are aware of how to apply for federal and local career opportunities.

The third big goal is to help both government entities and young professionals in state government through the Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) study group.  In college curriculum, we have observed many colleges and universities do not require governmental accounting.  Studying for the CGFM can help individual learn more about how government is unique and familiarize them with various processes within Federal, State, and local governments.    

These goals are in addition to our community services efforts.  This is going to be an exciting year.  Together we can accomplish so much.  I encourage you to get involved and reach out to us (the 2019-2020 Board) to let us know how we can best serve you. 
















































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