General Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

CONFERENCE FACILITY

GFOAT will be meeting at BOTH the Sheraton Arlington Hotel, located at 1500 Convention Center Drive, Arlington, TX, 76011 and Esports Stadium Arlington, located at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011.  The Sheraton Arlington Hotel will host all Tuesday and Wednesday events, and the Esports Stadium Arlington is hosting all Thursday and Friday events. The stadium and the hotel share a parking lot, so you will not need to take a shuttle. Make sure you check your app for meeting room details. Self Parking is complimentary at the Esports Stadium and the Sheraton Arlington.

HOTEL

The Sheraton Arlington Hotel has extended a room rate of $169 single/double. Please book your guest room by Friday, October 11, or until the block is full. To make a reservation, visit GFOAT Hotel Reservations or call 800-442-7275. Remember to ask for the 2019 GFOAT Fall Conference Block. Self-parking is complimentary for overnight guests.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – Sheraton Arlington Hotel Shuttle Service Provided

Airport shuttle service, on request, complimentary
Mon-Sun: 06:30 AM – 09:30 PM
Shuttle Phone: +1 817 2618200 – Call to schedule a ride.
Upon arrival at airport, gather luggage and proceed to scheduled transportation located on the lower level.

  • Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 22 USD (one way) ;reservation required. Super Shuttle will have a specific time and instructions for guests to follow.
  • Estimated taxi fare: 40 USD (one way)

Visit DFW airport website

Dallas Love Field (DAL) –Sheraton Arlington Hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Airport Phone: +1 214-670-5683

  • Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 22 USD (one way) ;reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: 50 USD (one way)

REGISTRATION FEE

The registration fee includes conference materials, all meals noted on the conference agenda, refreshment breaks, and Thursday night social. The registration fee for the full conference will vary based on membership type and when the individual registers. Please see the table below. The preconference update on PFIA, is an additional fee of either $100 or $125 depending on when you register.

REGISTRATION FEES By Oct. 21 After Oct. 21
GFOAT Active Member* $395 $470
GFOAT Non Members $470 $545
First Time Attendee** $295 $395
Faculty and Student Members $180 $295
Preconference-Update on PFIA $100 $125
Networking Event Guest $75 $75
Will you be attending the AT&T Event?      Yes      No
Will You be riding the motor coach?      Yes      No

HOW TO REGISTER

If you are not a member of GFOAT, please join by October 11 and take advantage of the member and/or the first time attendee discounted rates.
*Membership must be completed by October 11 to take advantage of the member or the first time attendee rate.
**For members who have not attended a GFOAT Spring Institute or Fall Conference

  1. To register online and pay by credit card, please visit the GFOAT Fall Conference registration page. If you have previously enrolled in events through GFOAT/TML, you will be prompted to enter your login and password prior to complete your registration. If you have not enrolled in any GFOAT/TML events, you will have the opportunity to create a new record.
  2. If you are unable to register online and pay by credit card, please download the registration form. Mail the completed  form with your payment to the address listed on the registration form. We cannot accept credit card payments through the mail; pay by credit card is available only through the online method.

Your conference registration can’t be confirmed until receipt of payment.

SPONSOR REGISTRATION/SET UP

Sponsor staff is required to register online for the conference. Please choose the “sponsor comp” option to use your complimentary registrations.

Sponsor set up is early Thursday morning. All exhibit tables will be at the Esports stadium in Exhibit Hall 1. Tables are preassigned by GFOAT. If you have any questions please contact Martie Simpson at martie@gfoat.org. We will also have a sponsor hospitality room on Thursday and Friday at the Esports Stadium.

MEALS

Below are the meals and refreshment breaks provided at this year’s conference:

Wednesday, 11/6/19
Light Hors d’oeuvres
(at Welcome Reception)

Thursday, 11/7/19
Breakfast Buffet
AM Beverage Break
Plated Lunch
Afternoon Break
Buffet Dinner (at AT&T Stadium)

Friday, 11/8/19
Breakfast Buffet
AM Beverage Break

CONFERENCE ATTIRE

Conference is business casual. Layered clothing is suggested as meeting rooms tend to fluctuate in temperature.  On Thursday, wear your favorite football jersey and jeans!

CONSENT TO USE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, GFOAT meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant for GFOAT’s use and distribution (now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s images or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audio tapes of such events and activities. Unless you inform GFOAT that you object, permission is assumed.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Scholarship/Fellowship Committee offers Conference Scholarships to two individuals for each the Spring Institute and the Fall Conference.  The Scholarships are for current governmental employees in the financial area who intend to continue to progress professionally in the field of governmental finance.  If you are not currently a member of the GFOAT and are awarded a scholarship, the Scholarship/Fellowship Committee will also provide a one-year membership to the GFOAT.  GFOAT pays the conference registration fee, lodging, and travel expenses.

CANCELLATION AND SUBSTITUTION POLICY

If you are registered and cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute. If you cannot send a replacement, a $45 cancellation fee will be assessed. Please email your cancellation or transfer to acct@tml.org by October 21. No refunds will be honored after that date.

AT&T STADIUM NETWORKING EVENT

Wear your favorite football jersey and join us for a fun evening of networking and dinner, then a VIP guided tour of AT&T Stadium. Transportation is provided to and from the Sheraton Arlington Hotel. This event is included in your registration fee. If you would like to bring a guest not registered for the conference, the cost is $75.00. No refunds of guest tickets after October 21.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

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

CPE Credit: You will earn 10.5 hours CPE credit by attending the entire conference. GFOAT is registered with the Texas State Boards of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

CGFO Credit: You will earn 10.5 hours CGFO credit by attending the entire conference. GFOAT has final authority on the  acceptance of individual courses for CGFO credit.

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 exams are scheduled from 2:00–4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel. If you are interested in sitting for an exam, please register online at www.gfoat.org.  Also a CGFO study group is scheduled for November 6, 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel. For questions, please email cgfo@gfoat.org.

GOLF

The Bruce Testa Semi-Annual Golf Outing is Wednesday, November 6, at the Texas Rangers Golf Course, located at 701 Brown Blvd., Arlington TX 76011. The cost is $90.00 plus tax per person, which includes green fee, cart, range, and lunch. Tee time is 8:00 a.m. with a modified shotgun start. The golf outing will be a Florida Scramble (bogey is your friend), four closets to the pin, and a long drive holes contest for men and women. The golf outing is limited to 50 golfers, so sign up right away by emailing Tony Sekaly at tony.sekaly@texasclass.com or call 713-502-8575.

MOBILE APP

To obtain all conference information electronically and stay up to date on announcements, please download the 2019 GFOAT Fall Conference app on your mobile phone. If you previously downloaded the GFOAT app, look for the 2019 Fall Conference under the Current and Upcoming tab.  Please note: the mobile app will not be active until the conference begins and the conference hashtag is #gfoatfall19.

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 lavern@tml.org.

QUESTIONS

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

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