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3/14/2012

Treasurer Mandel Leverages Technology to Expand Online Center for Public Investment Management Courses

COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has expanded online Center for Public Investment Management (CPIM) courses for public funds managers in Ohio.  Treasurer Mandel added three new online CPIM courses this year, expanding the total online course offerings to six.
    
“When I came into office I found many opportunities to leverage technology to improve government efficiency and to run government more like a business.  By expanding online CPIM courses available for public funds managers I believe that we can save taxpayer dollars and improve the level of service to our constituents,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “These valuable continuing education courses help to ensure that public funds managers are diligently managing and investing the public dollars they are entrusted to oversee.  New online CPIM course offerings are designed to save both time and money for local governments and make it more convenient for these stewards of taxpayer dollars to earn required credits.”

Public funds managers with four or more years of experience may obtain CPIM credit by completing any of the six online course offerings at www.OhioTreasurer.gov at any time during the year.  These online courses offer 1.25 credit hours each, and can be applied toward meeting CPIM continuing education credits required annually for Ohio’s public funds managers.

CPIM Courses Currently Available Online are as Follows:
  • CASH 210: Banking in the 21st Century
  • COMPL 250: The U.S. Federal Reserve & Interest Rate Policy - NEW for 2012
  • ETH 305: The Ohio Ethics Law & Real Life - NEW for 2012
  • FIN 302: The “Post Crisis” Municipal Market
  • FIN 310: Understanding the Finer Details of Debt Structuring - NEW for 2012
  • INV 210: How Economic Indicators Affect Your Portfolio and Your Budget
In addition to online courses, the State Treasurer’s office will offer six CPIM conferences this year throughout the state.  Each conference is designed to allow public funds managers to obtain continuing education credits, required annually by Ohio law.  The 2012 CPIM Conference Schedule is listed below:

2012 CPIM Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 25 Roberts Conference Centre
Wilmington, OH
Wednesday, June 6 Holiday Inn South
Independence, OH
Wednesday, July 11

Bowling Green State University
Student Union
Bowling Green, OH
Wednesday, August 15

University of Akron
Student Union
Akron, OH
Thursday, September 27

Sinclair Community College
David Ponitz Conference Center
Dayton, OH
Wednesday, October 24

Ohio State University
Fawcett Event Center
Columbus, OH

In addition to the courses sponsored by the Treasurer’s office, CPIM is also continuing a partnership initiative with professional associations within the state of Ohio to award CPIM-approved continuing education hours at association-sponsored annual conferences and training seminars.

CPIM Background

Ohio law requires various public financial officials to receive continuing training in the areas of finance, investments, cash management, debt issuance, debt management and ethics. This law was passed in the wake of a 1994 financial scandal involving investment losses by local governments. To prevent a repeat of those problems, new training requirements were established by the Ohio Treasury’s Center for Public Investment Management.  

For more information on CPIM, or to login and take online courses, please visit: OhioTreasurer.gov/CPIMhome

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