General Information



GFOAT awards four scholarships annually to current governmental employees in the financial area who intend to continue to progress professionally in the field of governmental finance. Two scholarships are for attendance to the GFOAT Spring Institute, and the other two is for attendance to the GFOAT Fall Conference. GFOAT pays the registration fee and travel expenses to these two conferences. To apply, visit GFOAT Scholarship.

Meeting Location and Hotel

This GFOAT will be meeting at The CMoody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, , located at 7 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554. Moody Gardens has extended a room rate of $149 single/double. To receive this group rate, your reservation must be made by Sunday, September 30. To make a reservation, visit GFOAT Hotel Reservations or call 888-388-8484 any time between 6:00 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week.  In order to get the special $149 rate, the caller must ask for the 2018 GFOAT Fall Conference Block. Self-parking is complimentary, and valet parking is $20 per night.

Airport and Island Transportation

Galveston Island is located 50 miles southeast of Houston. Many national and international carriers serve the Houston area’s two major airports.

William P. Hobby Airport is the closer of the two airports, just 40 miles from Galveston. Visit for information.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport lies on the north side of Houston, 70 miles from Galveston. For details, click to

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

If you are registered and cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute.If you cannot send a substitute, a $45 cancellation fee will be assessed if written cancellation is emailed to by October 10; no refunds will be honored after that date.

Networking Event

Guest tickets cannot be refunded after October 10.

A guided ghost tour and dinner at Galveston’s historic and haunted Hotel Galvez
Along the seawall, you’ll find all the hallmarks of what makes Galveston such an enjoyable stay. The gorgeous sky paintings when the sun sets and rises, the jostling waves crashing on the sandbar, and throngs of people enjoying life on the island. However, the island carries a tragic past. Traces of the most renowned tragedy dot the seawall, where you’ll find memorials of the catastrophic hurricane of 1900 that claimed several thousand lives. And, tucked away in the island’s historic Hotel Galvez, there are other stories that send shivers down the spine.  A buffet dinner and transportation is provided. The Hotel Galvez is located at  2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550.

Continuing Education

An application has been submitted to the State Board of Accountancy for CEU/CPE continuing education units. CGFO credits will also be offered. No prerequisites are required for any session.

Confirmations and Badges

Conference badges will be mailed in advance. Please remember to bring your badge to the conference. If you do not receive your packet in the mail, you can pick up your registration materials on site.

CGFO Testing

The Certified Government Finance Officer’s exam will be offered from 2:00–4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. If you are interested in sitting for an exam during this time, please register online at  For additional questions, please email and a CGFO study group will be held at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center on October 24 from 10:00 a.m. until noon.


Please sign up to play “The Bruce Testa Golf Outing” at Moody Gardens Golf Course on Wednesday, October 24. We will have shot gun start at 7:30 a.m. and will be playing a Texas Scramble (Bogey is your Friend).  There will be four closets to the pins and a long drive contest for men and women. The cost will be $76 (plus tax) per person. The cost covers: green fees, carts, range, and lunch. Please email or call 713-502-8575 to sign up.  We have room for 36 players but can accommodate more.  Moody Gardens Golf Course is located at 1700 Sydnor Lane, Galveston, TX 77554. The phone number is 409-683-4653.

Special Accommodations

If you require assistance of any kind, including any special dietary (such as allergies, restrictions, or sensitivities to particular ingredients) mobility, audio, visual, or other needs, please contact Lavern at 512-231-7447 or


Contact the TML Affiliate Services Department at 512-231-7400 or Lavern Gaines.

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