Public Finance Leadership Academy (PFLA)

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering the Public Finance Leadership Academy (PFLA). For years, the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government have partnered to bring professional development opportunities to finance professionals across the State of Georgia as a means of promoting excellence in public finance.    

The Level I and Level II Finance Officer Certification programs are signature programs that provide foundational knowledge and technical skills in a number of areas that are critical to the financial management of your local government or authority. To that end, we are excited to add a new certificate program that focuses on not only technical skills, but also on leadership skills.    


About the PFLA

PFLA BrochureOffered in partnership between the Institute of Government and GGFOA, the Public Finance Leadership Academy (PFLA) will equip new and emerging public sector financial management leaders with the knowledge they need to successfully manage the fiscal affairs and activities of a local government. As a participant in this six-month cohort program, you will learn from your peers, industry professionals and leadership experts to take your skills to the next level.


PFLA will run from October 2023 through May 2024. 

View a detailed list of sessions.



Session Name

October 16, 2023

UGA Athens

PFLA Kick-Off

October 17–18, 2023

UGA Athens

Leadership & Effective Communication

November 9, 2023


Government Structure & Operations/Internal Control

December 14, 2023


Public Human Resource Management

January 18, 2024

Virtual Live

Treasury Management & Cash Flow Forecasting

February 7, 2024


Advanced Debt Issuance

February 15, 2024


Economic Development

March 5, 2024


Budgeting for Long-Term Sustainability

March 13, 2024


Millage Rate Process

April 3, 2024

Virtual Live

Data Visualization & Creating Dashboards

April 24–25, 2024


Preparing the Annual Comprehensive  Financial Report (ACFR)

May 2, 2024

UGA Gwinnett

Preparing for the Audit

May 3, 2024

UGA Gwinnett

PFLA Graduation

*During hybrid sessions, participants have the options of in-person or virtual-live via Zoom to attend the session. Our UGA Gwinnett classrooms are equipped with cameras and technology that will provide remote participants the opportunity to interact with the instructor and their peers.  

Need CPEs? This program offers up to 91.90 CPE credits. At an all-inclusive cost of $2,799, you can knock out your next round of CPEs. 

Key Concepts 

The PFLA focuses on leadership and financial skills for government leaders, going beyond the basics to discuss such concepts as personal and organizational integrity, self-awareness, change leadership, local, state and federal laws, strategic planning, internal control and the cycle of financial management, government accounting principles, preparing for the audit, and more. 

View more information about the curriculum.

Government Structure and Operations

This advanced program is designed to outfit participants with the distinguished skills to lead financial operations and effectively communicate at all levels of government and with the public.

Advanced Financial Management Concepts

PFLA participants will encounter next-level training in financial management, studying intergovernmental agreements, contractual debt obligations, long-term fiscal sustainability measures, property taxes, pensions and OPEB as well as the Capital Improvement Process, financing options, referendums, underlying credit and bond ratings and more.

Leadership and Effective Communication

Our leadership focus sets the PFLA apart from other programs that focus only on finance skills. To be the leaders of tomorrow, finance professionals need skills to build and inspire teams. PFLA will offer the latest training in government leadership.


Through a competitive application process, the PFLA will accept approximately 15 participants at a time, who will follow the academy’s courses together as a cohort and graduate at the same time. Applications involve contact information, employment information, previous experience, educational background, professional information, and an applicant essay. All candidate applications will be reviewed for selection and entry into the Academy. The Advisory Board is made up of finance professionals from across the State of Georgia. Acceptance into the program is selective based on the number of years in your current position, involvement in professional organizations, an applicant essay (why you want to participate in the program and what you hope to gain from the program), supervisor approval, and successful completion of the Level II Finance Officer Certification or completion of Level I with progress towards Level II; alternatively, candidates who hold certain financial professional designations, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), will be eligible for consideration without meeting the Level I and Level II requirement

Requirements for acceptance into the program

  • Completed applications for 2023-2024

  • Current resume

  • Letter of support/approval for participation from current manager/supervisor or city/county leader

Applications are no longer available.

If interested in the program, please contact John Hulsey at jhulsey@uga.edu.



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