Financial Sustainability Certification Program

Financial Sustainability Certification Program
The Financial Sustainability Certification Program is a new program designed to enhance and accelerate career growth for park, recreation, and conservation professionals. This intensive 3-day program will address complex issues including the pressing need to practice financial discipline and acknowledge the responsibility professionals have as stewards of taxpayer dollars. Presented by Jamie Sabbach at 110%, this next generation of the Master Class in Financial Sustainability series will combine targeted and relevant content and include a fun and interactive learning environment. Offered once in Illinois in collaboration with the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), this is one of just a few courses being offered around the country this year. Come join your colleagues for a cutting-edge learning experience that is sure to impress!

Why a Financial Sustainability Program: 
Financial Sustainability is one of the most consequential challenges of this decade. In a day and age when the park and recreation organizations that were once industry flagships struggle to keep afloat, it is imperative and deeply understood that all systems are susceptible to downfall due to a lack of financial discipline and smart decision-making. 

Who Should Attend: Commissioners, executive directors, department heads / superintendents, and the next generation of professionals interested in improving their financial management competencies to influence decisions that have a profound impact on communities today and well into the future.

Program Format: This three-day course will consist of 18 total contact hours, or 15 hours of content.

      Day  Date   Time   
      Tuesday  March 28  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and two 15-minute breaks)   
      Wednesday      March 29      8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and two 15-minute breaks)     
      Thursday  March 30  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (includes continental breakfast and two 15-minute breaks)   

To Register:
Login to your IPRA account, then select "Register Myself". If you are not an IPRA member, create a free account, then register for the event.                                               

Fee:       Member     Non-Member 
           $399            $799

Registration Cancellation:
 Cancellations received on or before March 24, 2023 are eligible for a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations received after March 24, 2023. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. 

Event approved for 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units are for certifications such as CPRE, CPRP, and CTRS).

Hotel Accommodations: A block of rooms is available at the Springhill Suites by Marriott Chicago in Lincolnshire for guests requiring overnight accommodations. The discounted group rate is $118 per night plus tax. To make a room reservation, please CLICK HERE. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 6 in order to receive the group rate. Guests may cancel their reservation up to 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty.

Questions: Contact IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at [email protected].      

                                    PROGRAM SPONSORS   


3/28/2023 - 3/30/2023
Chevy Chase Country Club Wheeling Park District 1000 N Milwaukee Ave Wheeling, IL 60090 UNITED STATES


Tuesday, 28 March 2023


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