2024 Minnesota Government Training Academy

Event Detail
  • Date
  • March 01, 2024
  • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT
  • Location
  • Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Hosting, Speaking
  • Recommended CPE
  • 7 credits available — 2 credits Accounting (Governmental); 2 credits Auditing (Governmental); 1 credit Economics; 1 credit Behavioral Ethics; 1 credit Information Technology
  • Fees
  • $140 Payment Via PayPal

Please join us for CLA’s 2024 Government Training Academy! This in-person event can help you gain knowledge and insight in various areas impacting local governments in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. 

Topics to be discussed include the Inflation Reduction Act, automation in local governments, status of public pensions, current trends in IT security, and updates on GASB, the economy, and fraud.

At the end of this session, you will be able to: 

  • Identify new accounting standards that could impact local governments
  • Review current economic trends
  • Recognize how social engineering affects organizations and how to defend against common attack methods 
  • Discuss fraud and ethics within local governments
  • Discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act can impact local governments
  • Identify how automation can improve operations
  • Recognize the status of public pensions in Minnesota

Who should attend 

This session is designed for local government finance professionals.


8:10 – 9 a.m. — GASB Update (all GASBs)

Speakers: Miranda Wendlandt, Eric Smedsrud
1 credit Accounting (Governmental)

During this session, participants will be briefed on the new accounting standards affecting state and local government, determine dates of implementation, outline some of the challenges related to implementation, and be updated on additional GASB projects on the horizon.

9:00 – 9:50 a.m. — Fraud Update

Speaker: Chris Knopik
1 credit Behavioral Ethics

We will discuss common fraud schemes and how to develop an environment conducive to the prevention of fraud. We will also discuss that ethics and integrity are possible in today’s world and how to confront the ethical challenges you face every day.

9:50 – 10:05 a.m. — Break

15 Minute Break

10:05 – 10:55 a.m. — Inflation Reduction Act

Speaker: Michael DePrima
1 credit Accounting (Governmental)

During this session, participants gain an understanding of components of the Inflation Reduction Act that could impact and benefit local governments.

10:55 – 11:45 a.m. — Automation in Local Governments

Speaker: Mitch Thompson
1 credit Auditing (Governmental)

During this session, participants start to gain an understanding of areas within local governments and their operations in which automation could benefit them.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.— Lunch

Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:20 p.m. — Pensions – Update on PERA

Speaker: Doug Anderson
1 credit Auditing (Governmental)

During this session, participants will be updated on the current state of pensions in Minnesota and what impacts their funding.

1:20 – 2:10 p.m. — Economic Update

Speakers: Peter Holupchinski, Nate Woessner
1 credit Economics

This session will discuss the current state of the U.S. economy and capital markets.

2:10 – 3:00 p.m. — Social Engineering – How Manipulation and Deception Lead to Cyber Breach 

Speaker: Rick (RJ) Stalkamp
1 credit Information Technology

This session will analyze common phishing techniques used to trick individuals, the psychology behind the techniques, and how organizations can keep up with growing trends and maintain a “cyber aware” workforce.


Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Please register by February 20, 2024 and make payment via PayPal.

For more information:
Kelsey Meyer
Marketing Coordinator

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