Budgeting During a Crisis
Recorded On: 04/17/2020
As each day passes, the likelihood of a severe recession increases due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, most current budget and finance officers have not had to contend with deep downturns over the last decade. This webinar will cover the first principles of cutback budgeting, lessons from real-world experience during the Great Recession, and exploration of how simulation software can be used to frame the fact-based trade-off discussions your public entity will need to have, both internally and externally, in the near future. Case studies from local governments of all sizes will be profiled to show how online public engagement can help provide essential feedback to governments making these difficult choices.
ICMA Practice Areas:  Financial Management and Budgeting
Senior Vice President
Andrew Belknap is Senior Vice President for Management Partners. Andy has more than 20 years of diverse local government experience, including service as city manager and public works director for the City of Ojai, California. He is a seasoned and practical problem solver with first-hand knowledge of municipal functions. As a consultant he has served well over 200 California local governments, many on multiple occasions, including 18 of the largest 20 cities.
As a trained economist, Andy brings a special expertise to fiscal analysis and public finance issues. He has assisted public and private clients needing expertise in land use economics, development entitlement processing and complex project management and analysis. He is also an excellent facilitator and strategic thinker.
Special Advisor, Management Partners
Bob Leland, a Special Advisor with Management Partners, has 37 years of experience in state and local government finance and has been preparing long-range forecasts and budget models since the early 1980s. He was director of finance for 26 years for the City of Fairfield, California; a city known for its entrepreneurial management and long-term financial planning. He served as president of both the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and the League of California Cities’ Fiscal Officers Department. Bob was the recipient of the 2010 Award of Excellence in Public Finance from the California Public Securities Association, which recognizes exceptional work, creativity, service and leadership by a municipal finance professional. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the CSMFO in February 2018.
Vice President, Management Partners
Nancy Hetrick, Vice President, is an experienced local government professional with over 20 years of experience in performance management, strategic planning, team building, facilitating problem-solving and process improvement initiatives, executive recruitment, and succession planning. She is co-chair of Cal-ICMA’s Talent Initiative, past president of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California, and founder of the Women’s Leadership Summit. She facilitates priority-setting and team-building workshops for city and county leaders. She is certified in a variety of professional assessment instruments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC, and the CPI260 coaching assessment.