Fiscally Ready Communities

MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Treasury are providing a joint training on best practices for fiscal and operational planning for Michigan communities.

Fiscally Ready Communities

The Fiscally Ready Communities program was created to assist communities that want to establish, measure, and maintain policies to increase operational and financial effectiveness and safeguards. This partnership between MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Treasury helps local governments work towards fiscal health by sharing best practices in fiscal sustainability.

The Fiscally Ready Communities program currently includes four training opportunities. Together, these four trainings help local governments work towards long-term fiscal sustainability, helping them to support thriving communities.

Financial Best Practices Overview

This training discusses the fundamental best practices for fiscal and operational planning and provided an overview of best practices in financial policies and good governance. Training topics included budgets, cash controls, debt, grants, internal controls, purchasing policies, and receipting.

2022 Program Dates:

Budgeting for Fiscal Sustainability

This training provides best practices for local governments' fiscal health including budgeting, long-term planning, dealing with uncertainty, and financial policies and procedures.

2022 Program Dates:

Capital Asset Management and Planning

This session will cover the basics of a Capital Improvement Program (CIP), best practices, and give participants a chance to share techniques that have worked for their community. Additionally, the training will assist both elected and appointed local officials in outlining your policies and procedures for capital asset management and planning. This will ensure that local government are being proactive, while discussing the inter-connectivity of many local government requirements.

2022 Program Dates:

Managing Internal Controls

A strong internal controls framework is an essential piece of a culture of fiscal sustainability. Internal controls play an important role in communication, decision-making processes, and trust-building in local government. This training includes a deep dive into internal controls. It will cover what internal controls are, why they're necessary, how they help your community, implementation, and where to start.

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