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County Investment Academy

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) County Investment Academy provides educational programs that help county officials and staff learn how to best manage county financial assets.
 
The Academy is a cooperative partnership between the Texas Association of Counties and the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University. Through this partnership, McCoy College faculty sit on the County Investment Education Committee, teach courses, help plan Academy trainings and review course content.

Conferences and Training

Academy conferences and training present the basic laws and regulations and governing investment operations and provide updates on the U.S. economy and timely trends in investing. Attendees have access to accurate, in-depth information and to a network of experienced county investors, economists and other experts from across the state. All educational programs are open to all county officials and staff. Sessions meet the education requirements of the Texas Public Funds Investment Act. Continuing education hours are approved for County Investment Academy members. CPAs, auditors, treasurers, clerks and commissioners may also earn credit toward mandatory continuing education requirements. 

Membership

Membership in the Academy is acquired through completion of the Basics of County Investments Course or completion of the previous TAC County Investment Officer (CIO) Level I course.

Fifteen hours per calendar year are required to maintain membership, with five outside hours and five carryover hours allowed per year. 

More information on Academy rules and resources.

Member Recognition
Academy members are recognized with special awards on the 5-, 10-, 15-, and 20-year anniversaries of earning their membership.

Academy Origins
For 20 years, the TAC County Investment Officer (CIO) program had been one of the premier public investing educational programs in the country. In the summer of 2013, the TAC Board of Directors determined that TAC should “make the best better,” which spurred the Academy’s creation.