Controller Ronald Green Tackles New Challenges
February 9, 2011

Controller Appointed to National League of Cities’ Futures Panel

         Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ “CityFutures Panel on Public Finance” for 2011. The panel studies and reports on best practices in public finance.

         The National League of Cities (NLC) is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States.  Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, the National League of Cities serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages, and towns it represents.  More than 1,600 municipalities of all sizes pay dues to NLC and actively participate as leaders and voting members in the organization.  

          The CityFutures Panel will meet in March in Washington, D.C., concurrent with the NLC’s Congressional City Conference. The CityFutures Program features a panel with Green and colleagues from Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois and other states and cities who will address “The Future of Public Sector Work,” including topics such as pensions, health care benefits, and changing city-employee relations. The CityFutures panel will meet again at the NLC’s convention in November.

 

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City of Houston to Host First Ever Financial Planning Day
October 21, 2010

(news release)

 Houston, TX- We’ve all heard that there’s no free lunch, but in these challenging economic times, Houston-area residents will be able to get free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at Houston Financial Planning Day.

This event will be held on Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Texas Southern University’s Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leeland School of Public Affairs and will feature financial planning experts, all volunteering their time and expertise to work with local residents one-on-one to address important financial issues.

“This very important event will offer six financial workshops that cater to all ages and financial situations,” said City Controller Ronald C. Green. “What makes this event especially unique is that individuals can receive free one-on-one financial advice from industry professionals through an entirely confidential process.”

Houston Financial Planning Day is organized by the City Controller’s office in partnership with the Financial Planning Association- Houston Chapter as part of a national Financial Planning Days initiative created by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, Foundation for Financial Planning and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The collaboration is the first-of-its kind involving the City of Houston.

The opening ceremonies will be held from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. and will feature Dr. Michael Adams- Texas Southern University, Dave Gatton- U.S. Conference of Mayors, Andrew Gardener- Financial Planning Association, and a keynote address from City Controller Ronald C. Green. Ask-a-planner clinic runs from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. with the workshops running simultaneously during that time. The closing ceremonies are 11:30 – noon and end with a keynote address from City Councilmember Stephen Costello.

For more information please visit www.financialplanningdays.org/Houston .

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Houston Controller Green Identifies Potential Savings
February 9, 2010

 

 

 

Houston , TX –  A newly released audit by the City Controller’s Office Audit Division has identified potential savings to the City of Houston, conservatively estimated at $3.6 million per year. The savings could be achieved by more efficient timing of citywide vendor invoice payments.

“Given the budget shortfall the City is facing, identification of these savings is timely,” said Controller Ronald Green. “We will partner with Mayor Parker and City Council whenever possible to improve Houston’s financial health, and thanks to the good work of our Audit Division, we have an opportunity to do that.”

The audit, originally begun as a review of disbursements under $75,000 within the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), identified that resolving date-sensitive application issues in the City’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System corresponding to efficient timing of invoice payments, could result in annualized savings citywide.

The audit and proposed resolutions have been conducted with cooperative efforts between the Controller’s Office, PARD, Information Technology Department, and the Administrative and Regulatory Affairs Department.

Ronald Green is in his first year as City Controller, after serving three terms as an At-Large Houston City Council Member.

Controller Green Endorses Congresswoman Jackson Lee
February 6, 2010

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee won two more endorsements today in her re-election campaign for the 18th Congressional District.

Announcing his support today was Houston City Controller Ron Green, the first African American elected to that position.  Green, who is a constituent of Jackson Lee, praised the Congresswoman for the federal funds she has brought to Houston.

“During these challenging economic times, we need all the help we can get from Washington,” said Green at a news conference in front of City Hall.  “Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee understands that and is fighting to make sure Houstonians get the maximum return possible for the tax dollars they send to Washington.”

Green listed some of the many projects for which Jackson Lee has brought billion of dollars to Houston, including METRO rail, the senior home repair and weatherization programs, funding more cops on the streets, public works projects and relief and recovery funds for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.

“I am confident that Congresswoman Jackson Lee will work with the President and others in Congress to deliver what everyday folks so desperately need right now:  new jobs and economic development, financial reform that protects Main Street and not Wall Street and finishing the job on health care reform.”

Also announcing their support for Congresswoman Jackson Lee today were the members of Momentum PAC.  This political action committee mobilizes young professionals in the political and economic sectors in an effort to ensure long term growth their community.

The members of the group told the Congresswoman today that they want to be involved with her on a number of projects, including roundtable discussions on issues and mentoring programs for young people.  Jackson Lee expressed her appreciation for their support and told them she could put them to good use for the community.

These endorsements by Controller Green and Momentum PAC add to the growing list of support for Congresswoman Jackson Lee, including:  Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia; Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia; State Senators Rodney Ellis, Mario Gallegos and John Whitmire; State Representatives Carol Alvarado, Garnet Coleman, Ellen Cohen, Harold Dutton; Jessica Farrar, Senfronia Thompson, Sylvester Turner and Armando Walle; City Councilmembers C.O. Bradford and Ed Gonzales; Constables Victor Trevino and May Walker; HISD Trustee Carol Mims Galloway; Houston Community College Trustees Eva Loredo and Mary Ann Perez; Vice Chair of the Texas Democratic Party Lenora Sorola-Pohlman; Alison Leland; former State Representatives Debra Danburg and Col. Rick Noriega; the Tejano Democrats, Houston-Black American Democrats, AFL-CIO Council, the Latino Labor Leadership Council, Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Action Fund, Inc.; GLBT Caucus and Harris County Democrats.