RFP Issued for 2020 ABFM Conference Sites, Deadline 11/30!

Click Here to Download this RFP as a PDF

ABFM requests proposals for hosting the 2020 Annual Conference in a location other than Washington, DC. The conference should be scheduled for a Thursday through Saturday in September or October 2020.

Proposals from prospective host committees should include the following:

  • Identify the host committee members and their affiliations.
  • Select a city that is accessible by economical air transportation and offers sufficient amenities for the conference.
  • Select a hotel for the conference that can accommodate the conference meeting and room requirements.
  • Secure economical price quotations for the following items:
    • Guest Room Night Commitment:  about 260 room-nights distributed as below
      • Wednesday 55-65
      • Thursday 75-85
      • Friday 85-95
      • Saturday 25-35
    • Plenary session rooms (one session Thursday and one Friday for 120-150 people)
    • Meeting rooms (5 breakout rooms in continuous use from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon)
    • Continental breakfast (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and break food service (3 each on Thursday and Friday for 75 to 100 persons, and one on Saturday for 60 to 75 persons).
    • Friday luncheon (120-150 persons)
    • Two receptions (hors d’oeuvres for 120 persons and cash bar service). If the local hosts are able to sponsor one or more of these receptions, this is a favorable consideration.
    • Detailed arrangements and costs for audio-visual support and services. This may include any combination of services and equipment provided by, and fees charged by, the conference hotel, other service providers, and/or use of ABFM’s five projectors with PCs supplied by panel chairs, the host committee, or others.
    • Location for registration activities that has access to wi-fi.
    • Prepare a total estimated hotel cost to the association (do not include guest room nights) for the use of hotel facilities and food service.
    • ABFM usually receives a number of free guest room nights depending on the number of paid guest nights booked. These are normally used for invited speakers, award winners, or other special guests. Provide information on this.
  • Provide information, including cost, on transportation options from the closest airport to the conference hotel. Be sure to state whether the hotel has shuttle service.
  • Briefly describe a plan to market the conference to potential attendees in the area who are not members of ABFM, and identify potential local sponsors (including governments, associations, businesses, and universities).
  • Prepare a list of amenities near the conference hotel, including restaurants, attractions, shopping, and other hotels that can be available if the conference hotel reaches capacity.

The 2020 Conference Site Selection Committee consists of Beverly Bunch, Thad Calabrese (ex officio), Deborah Carroll (ex officio), Hai (David) Guo (ex officio), Jonathan Justice (chair), and Bruce McDonald.

Please submit proposals via mail or email by November 30, 2018 to Jonathan Justice (School of Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716; justice@udel.edu; +1-302-831-1682).

2018 Conference Mobile App Now Available

Screenshot_2018-10-01-10-15-13We’re using the same product we used last year (EventsXD) for this year’s Conference Mobile App. Users will find the Conference Schedule, as well as ways to interact with the Conference on Social Media and more.

Click Here to download the EventsXD App for Android, Apple or Windows Phone, then setup an account and search
“2018 ABFM Conference.” 

Stay tuned for updates through the app as warranted during the conference.

Click Here to check out the App information on your laptop.

Click Here to Download a PDF of the Conference Agenda Book

Denver Weather Information
General Welcoming Information (PDF)
Denver International Airport Website
Airport-to-Downtown Rail Service (PDF)
Denver Transit Website
Denver Tourism Website
Information on Denver Breweries

Additional Links Available at the Conference Mobile App

Alternative Hotels for Annual Conference Now Available

From Conference Co-Chair, Christine Martell

The block of rooms reserved for ABFM at the Embassy Suites has filled up and there are no more rooms available there. Here are some nearby alternatives:

Hyatt Place Denver Downtown (0.3 miles away from Embassy Suites)
440 14th Street, 303-893-2900, $259/night

Curtis Hotel (0.2 miles away)
1405 Curtis Street, 303-571-0300, $279/night

Hotel Teatro (0.2 miles away)
1100 14th Street, 303-228-1100, $256/night

Courtyard Denver Downtown (0.3 miles away)
934 16th Street, 303-571-1114, $280/night

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center (0.2 miles away)
650 15th Street, 303-436-1234, $250/night

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Denver (0.2 miles away)
1400 Welton Street, 303-603-8000, $247/night

Annual Award Nominations Still Open

ABFM’s Annual Awards recognize excellence in Public Finance at all levels, from students to experienced practitioners and academics. Past recipients represent the very best of our community, and are presented each year during our Annual Conference. Take time to review the award descriptions, and consider completing an application.

Click Here for Award Descriptions & Submission Guidelines

Aaron Wildavsky Award – Deadline May 31st
Nominations should be sent to Bryan Sullivan at abfm2018chairbsullivan@gmail.com  You will receive confirmation from Bryan Sullivan.

S. Kenneth Howard Award – Deadline June 30th
Nominations should be sent to Joseph Cordes at cordes@gwu.edu. You will receive confirmation from Joseph Cordes.

Michael Curro Student Paper Award – Deadline June 30th
Nomination letters and copies of student papers should be sent as e-mail (.doc file or PDF) attachments to Committee Chair, Benjamin Clark (bclark2@uoregon.edu).  You will receive confirmation from Benjamin Clark.

Nominations Open for New Posner Pracademic Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Paul Posner Pracademic Award. Nominations are due July 1, 2018.

Paul Posner

Paul Posner

The Paul Posner Pracademic Award is presented to honor lifetime achievement for significant contributions made to the field of budgeting and financial management as both a practitioner and an academic. This is not an annual award. It will be made only when an exemplary candidate is nominated and ultimately approved by the Paul Posner Pracademic Award Committee. The award recipient should be an outstanding pracademic (practitioner and scholar) as judged by his or her record of service to and publication in the field over a sustained period of time.  Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the significant accomplishments of the nominee, the nominee’s vitae, and no more than two additional letters of recommendation.  A committee will determine the award winner.

The award is named for Paul Posner, the ultimate pracademic. He worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for 30 years where he was Managing Director for Strategic Issues.  Paul led GAO’s work on the long-term federal budget outlook and emerging challenges for public-sector finances at all levels of government.  He was responsible for GAO’s work on performance budgeting and testified numerous times before congressional committees on budget related issues. After retiring from GAO in 2005, Paul became the Director of the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government Masters of Public Administration degree program.

Nominations should be sent by July 1, 2018 to Bryan Sullivan at abfm2018chairbsullivan@gmail.com . You will receive confirmation from Bryan Sullivan.