The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) announced today that it is the recipient of a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The award was presented to the RPCGB for the start of its 2011-12 fiscal year.
According to the GFOA, the award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as: a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, [and] a communications guide.
"To my knowledge, we are the first regional council in the state to receive such an award and one of only four or five other local government jurisdictions in the state," said Dr. Ray Morris, RPCGB Deputy Executive Director.
Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, as well as the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. Award recipients represent excellent examples of budgetary practices by governments throughout North America.
"This is a tremendous testament to the unwavering support of our board and member governments. We look forward to maintaining this level of fiscal responsibility for years to come," said Charles Ball, RPCGB Executive Director.
About the Government Finance Officers Association
The Government Finance Officers Association is the major professional association serving the needs of appointed and elected local and state-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top-quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association, which has 17,500 members, is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.
About the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham
The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) is an advisory planning agency, providing services in the areas of community, economic and transportation / transit planning and data development/mapping and healthcare-related services. RPCGB's service area includes Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties. For additional information about the RPCGB, please visit www.rpcgb.org.