In-Person Event Safety Guidelines
The Texas Association of Counties is committed to providing a clean and safe experience when attending meetings and events, and prioritizes the safety and social wellbeing of all attendees, guests and staff. We continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Local Health Authorities (LHAs) and state and local governments for regulations and guidelines. Physical distancing and safety measures have been put into place for currently planned conferences and events.
From registration to meeting rooms, exhibit halls and meals, the Education and Events Services team has developed detailed plans, processes and procedures to help you feel safe.
Due to possible capacity limitations, some conferences may have to limit the number of attendees to accommodate physical distancing guidelines. For more information, please contact Deanna Auert or visit the facility's website for specific safety guidelines pertaining to venues.
How Event Staff Are Keeping You Safe
Event staff will wear protective face coverings and gloves in all public areas of the meeting venue.
Event staff will practice physical distancing with Plexiglas shields and/or face shields at registration desk; place floor markers at registration area, meeting rooms, exhibit halls and food and beverage stations.
Event staff will clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces and provide hand sanitizer for all attendees.
Event staff will conduct a daily symptom assessment of themselves.
Find the full list of guidelines and processes here*.
Educational Co-Sponsor: McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University.
In today's economy, sound management of county financial assets can mean the difference between an embarrassing financial disaster and investment returns that supplement precious tax dollars. Prudent, professional management of public funds requires specialized knowledge and expertise. Investment laws, the state of the economy and other factors must be taken into consideration when developing a county’s financial strategy. Proper and frequent training for public funds investors can prevent costly errors.
The Basics of County Investments Course offers 14.75 hours of classroom instruction appropriate for all levels interested in the essentials of investing public funds. An additional 7.75 hours of in-depth, hands-on learning is offered for those actively investing funds. At the completion of the course, a final assessment will be given.
Why is TAC investment training valuable?
The Basics of County Investments Course meets the education requirements of the Texas Public Funds Investment Act and includes discussion of basic laws and regulations governing investment operations. Presentations will cover products and services in the public funds markets and updates on the latest laws and strategies. Course topics include putting together an investment policy, understanding allowable investment options, managing various types of risk and computing investment yields.
This introductory course will prove to be especially helpful to commissioners court members and anyone directly involved in managing portfolios. Attendees will learn to make sense of financial jargon and concepts that may be unfamiliar. They will also learn how to avoid mistakes that could jeopardize a county’s financial standing.
Course graduates will be in a better position to ensure the safety of principal, portfolio liquidity and appropriate returns — all key areas of concern for county investments.
County Investment Academy Membership
This training course is required for membership in the TAC County Investment Academy. The academy provides investment education through a variety of conferences. Through the training, attendees have access to accurate, in-depth information, as well as a network of experienced county investors from across the state.
In 2013, the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University became a cooperative partner with the TAC County Investment Academy, which produces the basics course. Through the partnership, McCoy faculty sit on the County Investment Academy Education Committee, help plan academy trainings, review course content and teach the courses. Academy membership is acquired through the completion of the Basics of County Investments Course (formerly called the County Investment Officer Level I Training).
Each year, the academy offers two education events at which members may earn credits toward the 15 hours required annually to maintain academy member standing. Members are recognized with special awards on the five-, 10-, 15- and 20-year anniversaries of completing the basics course.
Who should attend?
Any county official or county staff member may attend the County Investment Academy courses. Anyone who oversees public investments, such as auditors, commissioners court members, county investment officers and treasurers, are especially encouraged to participate. TAC recommends that all
counties, especially those with considerable assets, have at least one person on staff who has completed the basics course.
History of TAC’s county investment training
TAC has offered training to public funds investors for more than 20 years. The program was born when the need to keep public funds investors up-to-date and knowledgeable about investment strategies was realized. In 1992, TAC’s first investment course was attended by 10 county investors. Since then, the education program has grown to include more advanced training and opportunities for continuing education.
County Investment Education Committee
Hon. Charles Bradley, co-chair
Schleicher County Judge
Mr. Edward Dion, co-chair
El Paso County Auditor
Hon. Renee L. Couch
Comal County Treasurer
Hon. Alan Dierschke
Glasscock County Treasurer
Hon. Katherine Hudson
Wise County Treasurer
Hon. Sean Kennedy
Victoria County Treasurer
Mr. Kirk Kirkpatrick
Johnson County Auditor
Hon. Michael Lord Jr.
Gaines County Treasurer
Mrs. Amy Perez
Harris County Director, Financial Management
Dr. William Chittenden, CTP, ex officio
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, McCoy College of Business Administration, Texas State University
Full conference registration includes all education sessions, meals and breaks.
||After Monday, Feb. 8th
|Basics (14.75-hour course)
|Complete Course (22.50-hour course)
Make checks payable to Texas Association of Counties
Checks payable to Texas Association of Counties
Texas Association of Counties
C/O County Investment Academy
PO Box 2711
San Antonio, TX 78299
To ensure that our conference is ADA accessible to all, please contact Deanna Auert or Nino Miranda at (800) 456-5974 if you need assistance.
No activities scheduled at this time.