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Gainesville area official earns finance certification
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Karina Costantini, who works with Gainesville’s Community Service Center, was recognized with Level I certification through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s financial management training program for pursuing professional development in governmental finance, accounting and budgeting.

Level I certification requires finance officers to participate in 108 hours of instruction on public finance.

Costantini was among 15 statewide to earn Level I or Level II Local Finance Officer Certification in the third quarter. Level II Certified Financial Officers receive an additional 84 hours of instruction in intermediate governmental accounting and budgeting principles, internal controls and revenue administration as well as public finance electives.

“These community leaders strengthened the skills they need to maintain sound accounting practices and build strong financial foundations for their governments,” said Tracy Arner, the institute’s financial management training program manager.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is a service of the University of Georgia that conducts training, technical assistance and applied research to help state and local governments provide improved service to the public.

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