Shayne Kavanagh is the Senior Manager of Research for GFOA and has been a leader in developing the practice and technique of long-term financial planning and policies for local government. He started GFOA’s long-term financial planning and policy line of research in 2002 and has been working with governments on financial planning and policies ever since.  He is the author of a number of influential books on financial planning in city government. His forthcoming book, Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities, takes a Nobel Prize winning body of work about how to sustain commonly owned natural resources and applies it to a community’s commonly owned financial resources: the public budget.