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  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 22
  • THURSDAY, JULY 23
  • FRIDAY, JULY 24
8:00 A.M. Golf
Dove Mountain Golf Club




This year's golf tournament will be held at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain, 6501 Boulder Bridge Pass, Marana. We will be playing one of the nines on the same course played by the pros during the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. There will be individual team tee times beginning at 8:00 am through 8:50 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Geared toward relaxation, fellowship and fun for all, this tournament allows inexperienced golfers to join the fun and be paired with experienced golfers in a two-person 18-hole scramble. Green fees, practice balls and cart are a bargain at only $65 plus tax for 18 holes, and participants pay at the course the day of the tournament. Rental clubs are $35 and the grill will be open before the round. Prizes for first and second place along with individual prizes will be awarded at the clubhouse restaurant following play. Please email Tim Pickering by July 8th at Tim@InterimPublicManagement.com for more details and registration.



8:00 A.M. Registration Opens
Pre-Function



12:00 P.M. Lunch Buffet Featuring Lunch with a Mentor Plaza 1

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 18

All conference attendees are welcome to attend lunch prior to the first session. During this lunch, we will also reserve tables for the "Lunch with a Mentor" where you will have some one-on-one time to talk with a local government executive. You may wish to explore career options, have a sounding board for your own experience and ideas, or ask for guidance. Take advantage of this limited opportunity!

If you are an associate member interested in attending or a full member interested in volunteering your time, please sign up on the conference registration page. Advance RSVP is required!



1:00 P.M. PSPRS: Recommendations from the League's Pension Reform Task Force

Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 11, 12



Facilitator:
Brent Stockwell, Assistant City Manager, Scottsdale
Speaker:
Scott McCarty, Finance Director/CFO, Queen Creek & Chair, Pension Reform Task Force

The League's Pension Reform Task Force will discuss its reform recommendations for PSPRS. Referred to as the "yardstick," these recommendations reflect the elements of an affordable and sustainable public safety pension system for all parties (employees, retirees, employers, and taxpayers). The implementation process and timeline will also be discussed.



2:15 P.M.How Your Community Looks to a Business – From All Angles Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 3, 13

Facilitator:
Danielle Casey, Economic Development Director, Scottsdale
Speakers:
Craig DeMarco, Co-founder, Upward Projects
Susan Hyatt, Vice President of Business Expansion, Arizona Commerce Authority
Michael Martin, Economic Development Director, APS
Pat Welchert, SIOR, Industrial Properties, Picor Commercial Real Estate Services


In local government, often the processes in place designed to support sound growth can also become obstacles to achieving economic development goals. This affects the experiences of staff, citizens and numerous other constituencies. How can you ensure the community is putting its best foot forward and enhancing its attractiveness to new business? Join us for this session which will examine the way a business can perceive your community from diverse expert perspectives including local and state economic developers, entrepreneurs and developers.



3:30 P.M. #tellingyourstoryPlaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 7, 15

Facilitator:
Pam Weir, Management Analyst, Sierra Vista

Speakers:
Nachie Marquez, Assistant City Manager, Chandler
Tim Tait, Communications Director, ADOT


Can you explain complex local government operations to a fourth grader? Do your audiences squint to read your presentation slides or glaze over after hearing the fifth acronym they don't understand? This session will address best practices in telling your local government's story to a variety of audiences through several different methods. We'll have you covered, from talking to tweeting!



4:30 P.M. Board MeetingPlaza 3





5:30 P.M.Sponsor and Welcome Reception Pre-Function

ACMA welcomes members to join us for an opening reception to thank our sponsors. The ongoing success of ACMA is dependent on the continued financial support of our corporate partners. Please take a moment to thank our sponsors! Click here to view a full list of sponsors.



7:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast Pre-Function





8:30 A.M. Five Things You Need to Know NOW!
Plaza 2
ICMA Practice Areas: 3, 4, 11, 13

Facilitator:
Sherry Schurhammer, Finance Director, Nogales
Speakers:
Sonia Andrews, Finance Manager, Peoria
Cindy Bezaury, Acting Human Resources Director & Labor Relations Administrator, Phoenix
Mary Cameli, Assistant Fire Chief, Mesa Fire/Medical Department
George Hammond, Economic & Business Research Center Director, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona
Kristen Krey, Grants Administrator, Glendale


In 50 minutes you can find out five things you need to know right now to benefit your organization and be prepared for what's coming in the near future. Each 10-minute presentation will cover an innovation or change in business that is happening right now. This session is a new cutting-edge way to get the information you need to get to the right people at your organization to make things happen!



9:45 A.M. Recognizing and Handling Emotional Distress
Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 18

Facilitator:
Tammy Shreeve, Strategic Management Officer, Peoria
Speakers:
Dr. Bob Bohanske, Clinical Services & Clinical Training Chief, Southwest Behavioral Health Services
John Kross, Town Manager, Queen Creek
Carl Swenson, City Manager, Peoria


Life can be challenging. The competing demands of home, work, school or finances can at times be overwhelming. In this session Dr. Bohanske will talk about how to recognize and handle emotional distress. Also, learn how two city managers assisted staff in coping with a loss of a colleague.



11:00 A.M. Keeping the Peace: Community Engagement and Local/National Trends in Policing and Public Safety Cameras
Plaza 2
ICMA Practice Areas: 3, 4, 7, 8, 13

Facilitator:
Stephanie Smith, Assistant to City Manager, Flagstaff
Speakers:
Marchelle Franklin, Police Community Affairs Director, Phoenix
John Meza, Chief of Police, Mesa
Kevin Treadway, Chief of Police, Flagstaff


Oakland, CA. Ferguson, MO. New York City, NY. Madison, WI. It's not a question of if – it's when your community might face a crisis in policing. How can you help your organization proactively engage the community to understand the needs of your residents? What strategies have worked in cities in Arizona? Are body cameras one answer? This session will feature three different perspectives in Arizona working to engage with the community using different strategies. Hear honest assessments from Flagstaff, Mesa and Phoenix police executives about their work to engage the community. Panelists will explore different community policing practices, community engagement strategies and the use of body cameras.



12:00 P.M. Lunch Plaza 1



Speakers:
Mark McDaniel, Mountain Plains Regional Vice President, ICMA & Assistant City Manager, Dallas, Texas
Josh Wright, President, ACMA & Town Manager, Wickenburg




1:00 P.M.Long-Term Declines in Municipal Water Demand: Causes and Consequences for Water Providers Plaza 2
ICMA Practice Areas: 3, 11, 13

Facilitator:
Amanda Jones, Business Services Coordinator, Marana
Speaker:
Gary Woodard, Senior Water Policy & Economic Consultant, Montgomery & Associates

Long-term declines in municipal water demand are wide-spread in Arizona, and are seen in both indoor and outdoor demand. In most areas, rates of per-capita declines have exceeded population growth, resulting in utilities delivering less water to more people. While these trends have obvious benefits, most water providers were expecting growing water demands and were planning accordingly. They have been surprised, perplexed, and even challenged by declines in demand. A number of issues have arisen, including timing of capital improvements, acquisition of new supplies, budgeting and rate setting, and design of conservation programs. Mr. Woodward will present factors driving down indoor and outdoor demands, changing tastes in landscapes, and shifting household demographics. Water demand is no longer tightly tied to population, economic output, or quality of life and the downward trends are expected to continue.



2:15 P.M. What's Trending in Local Government Technology?Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 3, 4, 5, 7

Facilitators:
Niel Curley, Management Assistant, Mesa
Nijah Fudge, West Regional Director, Alliance For Innovation

Speakers:
Lauren Browne, Citizen Engagement Coordinator, Sedona
Kay Cusack, IT Engineer, Mesa

Leslie Ethen, Sustainability Manager, Tucson
Mark Kramer, IT Director, Gilbert
Brian O'Dell, IT Engineer, Mesa
Mike Youngs, Deputy CIO, Phoenix


Technology is evolving quickly and in order to know what is applicable for your organization you must first use it for yourself. Join us for this highly interactive session that will give you the opportunity to experiment with local government's most premier technology tools that demonstrate the power of data and technology to inform decisions in service delivery, citizen engagement, and improving professional productivity.



3:30 P.M. Performance Management in the Era of Analytics
Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 2, 5, 7, 13

Facilitator:
Natalie Lewis, Deputy City Manager, Mesa
Speakers:
Tim Fairchild, Global Utilities Practice Director, SAS
Randall Reid, Southeast Regional & Performance Initiatives Director, ICMA


Local governments generate huge quantities of data but seldom effectively use this resource in decision making. Big data, cloud based analytic solutions and the widespread uses of low-cost computer technology, such as ICMA Insights, are altering the ways communities implement performance management systems. This session will show how technology evolution is rapidly creating "smart" communities and how we serve our citizens in times of limited resources. A practical example of efforts to use community data analytics and data integration to deal with resource allocation in utility operations will be presented by a SAS government specialist. Discover how your community can begin to capitalize on comparative data and advanced analytics for improved decision-making and wise resource utilization.



5:00 P.M. Reception Tortolita Pre-Function



6:00 P.M. Dinner Buffet Tortolita A & B

The day will be capped off with a casual dinner where attendees can enjoy good food and engage in outdoor games located just outside of the pre-function.




7:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast Plaza 2





8:00 A.M. Legislative Update

Plaza 2
ICMA Practice Area: 2


Facilitator:
Tom Belshe, Deputy Director, League of Arizona Cities & Towns
Speakers:
Ken Strobeck, Executive Director, League of Arizona Cities & Towns
Craig Sullivan, Executive Director, County Supervisors Association


This panel will provide an update for members on a variety of timely legislative issues. Representatives from the League and County Supervisors Association (CSA) will provide an overview of the 2015 legislative session, and explain the challenges and opportunities we currently face.



9:00 A.M. Ethics: What is the "Right" Decision?

Plaza 2
ICMA Practice Area: 17


Speakers:
Lloyd Harrell, Life Member, ACMA & Senior Advisor, ICMA
Jeff Tyne, Deputy City Manager, Peoria
Jerene Watson, Deputy City Manager, Flagstaff


ACMA Ethics Committee will provide an update on their efforts to enhance the awareness of ethical behavior in the managerial profession. Then test your knowledge and have some fun with the 2015 "ethics challenge."



10:00 A.M.Building and Investing in Your Team Plaza 2
ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 2, 3



Facilitator:
Mark McDaniel, Mountain Plains Regional Vice President, ICMA & Assistant City Manager, Dallas, Texas
Speakers:
Gilbert Davidson, Town Manager, Marana
Yvonne Kimball, Town Manager, Dewey-Humboldt
Gregory Rose, City Manager, Maricopa


A good manager demonstrates leadership within the organization they lead and effectively engages employees to achieve results. Join the conversation with veteran managers as they discuss leadership and lessons learned the hard way. The panel will discuss how they coach/mentor employees, facilitate teamwork, empower employees, organize operations and delegate work.

11:00 A.M. Conference Concludes