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Conference Features! The ACMA Summer Conference will be held at the Dove Mountain Resort in Marana. We hope that conference attendees will find value and knowledge in the sessions put together by the Conference Planning Committee. Some of the conference features will include a lunch and a speaker from Waymo, a manager's game show and our inspiring keynote speaker Matthew Jones. We also hope you take the opportunity to introduce yourself to someone that you do not know.

We look forward to seeing you all in Marana!
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
  • THURSDAY, JULY 20
  • FRIDAY, JULY 21
ICMA has identified 18 core practice areas that are essential to effective local government management. Below you will find
a list of corresponding practice areas for each ACMA Summer Conference session. For a complete list of ICMA's practice areas,
please click here.


Golf Tournament

7:00 a.m. Dove Mountain Golf Club


This year's golf tournament will be held at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain, 6501 Boulder Bridge Pass, Marana. Golfers will play one of the nines on the same course played by the pros during the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. There will be a shotgun start at 7 a.m. for all golfers. 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 four-person, 18-hole scramble. Green fees, practice balls and cart is $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 at Tim@InterimPublicManagement.com for more details and registration.

Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. Plaza Pre-Function


ACMA Board Meeting

11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Plaza 3


Lunch Buffet and Pre-Conference Session

11:45 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Tortolita Ballroom


All conference attendees are invited to attend lunch and the pre-conference session.

Self-Driving Cars: Transforming Mobility
ICMA Practice Area: 7

Facilitator: Stephen Erno, Neighborhood Preservation Manager, Chandler
Speaker: Tekedra Mawakana, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Waymo

This session will provide an introduction into self-driving technology by Waymo who has been working on self-driving technology since 2009. Tekedra Mawakana of Waymo will discuss how self-driving technology works, advancements the company has made including the world's first fully-self driving ride on public roads in 2015, and the work they're doing right here in Arizona.

Economic Update

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Area: 11

Facilitator:
Milton Dohoney, Assistant City Manager, Phoenix; Board Director, ACMA
Speaker:
Jim Glassman, Head Economist, Chase Bank

This session will provide an update on the national economy and some perspective into Arizona-related economic topics.

Leveraging Your City or County's Reach: Effective Volunteer Programs

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Plaza 2

Facilitator:
Nicole Lance, Assistant City Manager, Surprise; Past-President, ACMA
Speakers:
Sally Clifford, Vice President of Programs, Experience Matters
Cathy Gaudio, Talent Engagement Manager, Experience Matters
Jim Gearns, Citizens Patrol Commander, Surprise Police Department
Tim Klarkowski, Sergeant, Surprise Police Department
Steve Peru, President/CEO, United Way of Northern Arizona; Life Member, ACMA


While managing and working with volunteers we aim to avoid pitfalls and challenges. To do this, how do we simultaneously identify strategies on how to put volunteers to highest and best use to ensure they are fulfilled and the organization is gaining the most value of the interaction?

Join us for an information packed session on the greatest hits, the highest value, the most strategic efforts of programs and methods that REALLY work for engaging volunteers. The speakers will also cover everything from ensuring your organization is really ready to engage today's volunteers, how to most effectively leverage your volunteer base, and how to ensure longevity in your relationships with this important resource.

Break & Network with Sponsors

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Plaza Prefunction


Mandela Washington Fellowship: An International Learning Experience

3:30 - 4:20 p.m. Plaza 2

Facilitator:
Milton Dohoney, Assistant City Manager, Phoenix; Board Director, ACMA
Speakers:
Mandela Fellowship

For the past few years Arizona State University has participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program that is produced by the U.S. State Department. Students from Africa are placed at universities around the country for several weeks where they are exposed to strategies and information that is used to address challenges in American communities. Their learning focuses on them deciphering what content might be adaptable for use back home. After several weeks in Arizona they will spend several more weeks in DC. We will get to hear from three of them as they deliver a Ted talk like presentation.

Welcome Reception

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Plaza Pre-Function & Terrace


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 and attend this session! Click here to view a full list of sponsors.

ICMA has identified 18 core practice areas that are essential to effective local government management. Below you will find
a list of corresponding practice areas for each ACMA Summer Conference session. For a complete list of ICMA's practice areas,
please click here.


Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:20 a.m. Plaza 2


Things You Need to Know From ACMA Sponsors

7:40 - 8:30 a.m. Plaza 2

Facilitator:
Teri Bankhead, Assistant to the Town Manager, Sahuarita; Associate Director, ACMA
Speakers:
Ed Bantel, Program Administrator, AMRRP
Rick Carr, Senior Project Manager, Abacus Project Management
Daniel Hunter, Senior Account Executive, Ameresco
Fred Kriess, Regional Director, Severn Trent
Mark Reader, Managing Director, Stifel
Cienna Thomas, Marketing Coordinator, Pueblo Mechanical & Controls, Inc.


ACMA welcomes attendees to join us for brief presentations from our sponsors. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with ACMA sponsors and learn about the ideas and innovations occurring in a variety of industries. In this session speakers will give a five-minute presentation on issues affecting cities, towns and counties.

The ongoing success of ACMA is dependent on the continued financial support of our corporate partners. Please take a moment to thank our sponsors and attend this session! Click here to view a full list of sponsors.

Smiles and Uh-Oh Moments for Rising Stars in the Profession

8:40 - 9:35 a.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 18

Facilitator:
Tracee Crockett, Assistant Director Parks and Recreation, Phoenix
Speakers:
Gina Montes, Assistant City Manager, Avondale
Eduardo Rodriguez, Solid Waste Administrative Analyst, Phoenix
Pam Weir, Assistant to the City Manager, Goodyear


Rising stars within the profession have moments of success as well as moments of adversity. This session will discuss how rising stars can react, learn, and grow from both the positives and negatives of their career and discusses how managers help foster an environment to ensure their rising stars continue to develop though the good and bad moments.

From Outreach to Outcomes: How Cities, Towns, and Counties can Develop Effective Strategies to Reduce Homelessness through Policy and Program Management

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 2, 3, 13

Facilitator:
Natalie Lewis, Deputy City Manager, Mesa

Speakers:
Scott Hall, Homeless Solutions Manager, Phoenix
Margaret Kilman, Homelessness Projects Program Manager, Maricopa County


Many communities are seeing an increase in homelessness and are challenged to develop effective solutions to the related issues. Homelessness policy and program managers from the City of Phoenix, and Maricopa County, will share best practices in local policy, and programming. Panelists will share an overview of a successful Peer Navigation model, current collaborative efforts, and how to use local data for planning, evaluation, and outcomes.

Break & Network with Sponsors

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Plaza Prefunction


Silo Busting Strategies that Work in Your Organization

11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 9

Facilitator:
Milton Dohoney, Assistant City Manager, Phoenix; Board Director, ACMA
Speakers:
Mary Jacobs, Assistant City Manager, Sierra Vista
Karen Peters, Deputy City Manager, Phoenix


Whether in departments across an organization or among individual work groups, silos create miscommunication, duplication, disconnection, and frustration in business operations. This session will explore and discuss silo busting strategies that work within organizations and what to do when silo busting strategies aren't initially successful.

Gabe Zimmerman Awards Luncheon

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Tortolita Ballroom


The Manager's Game Show: What Would You Do If?

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Plaza 2

Host:
Nicole Lance, Assistant City Manager, Surprise; Past-President, ACMA
Contestants:
Joy Rich, County Manager, Maricopa County
Bill Fay, Public Works Director, Maricopa

Senior Advisor Meetings

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Plaza 4


ACMA Senior Advisors Mike Letcher and Pat McDermott will be available at the conference to meet one-on-one with ACMA members. This is also an opportunity for early career professionals to seek mentoring. If you are interested in meeting with the ACMA Senior Advisors please contact them to set-up a time.

Mike Letcher
520-891-1953 or bridgegroupllc@gmail.com

Pat McDermott
480-540-0274 or patm524@yahoo.com

Break & Networking - Meet Someone New!

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Plaza Prefunction


Take this break as an opportunity to introduce yourself to someone that you do not know!

"We Need You to Tell Us Where to Hide": A Practical and Empowering Response to Fear and Threat in the Workplace

2:45 - 3:35 p.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Area: 3

Facilitator:
Mike Townsend, Deputy Manager, Coconino County; President, ACMA
Speakers:
Sue Brown, Facilities Management Director, Coconino County
Erika Philpot, Human Resources Director, Coconino County


Active shooting and workplace violence have unfortunately become a reality. Each new event raises concerns of employees and leaves them fearful about how they would react and survive such an event. This session will discuss a practical approach about how to educate your staff about where these events occur and how to empower staff and our families to best protect themselves in an event that goes beyond the workplace.

Time Out! Am I Where I Want to be in my Career?

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Area: 18

Facilitator:
Maria Church, CEO, Government Leadership Solutions
Speakers:
Zenia Cornejo, Airport Administration Supervisor, Mesa
Kevin Phelps, City Manager, Glendale
Evie Racette, Faculty, Grand Canyon University
Josh Wright, Assistant City Manager, Chandler

Have you assessed where you are with your career? Have you gotten to where you wanted to be and found that it is not quite what you expected? Would you know if it was time to move to the next level or move on? Join this session to hear from those that found themselves at a crossroad in their career and how they determined their next step.

Aetna Reception

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Tortolita A & B


Reception is sponsored by ACMA Platinum Sponsor Aetna. Aetna is committed to providing individuals, employers, health care professionals, producers and others with innovative benefits, products and services.

ICMA has identified 18 core practice areas that are essential to effective local government management. Below you will find
a list of corresponding practice areas for each ACMA Summer Conference session. For a complete list of ICMA's practice areas,
please click here.


Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:20 a.m. Plaza Pre-Function


If you would like to check out early on Friday, you may drop your bags off in Plaza 3.

Cultivating Meaningful Inclusivity and the Role of Affinity Networks

7:30 - 8:20 a.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Areas: 9, 14

Facilitator:
Mike Cassidy, Youth Services Administrator, Surprise
Speakers:
Blaise Caudill, Arizona State University Student Chapter, ICMA
Brandi Flores, Women Leading Government, Surprise
Silvia Stanford, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Phoenix
Samantha Tavares, Hispanic Network, Phoenix


In today's professional local government organizations, affinity groups are a powerful way to advance diversity and inclusivity while contributing to the personal and professional development of employees. Join this session to hear how existing affinity groups are helping to foster greater equity within the workplace.

Legislative Update

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Area: 2

Facilitator:
Nick Valenzuela, Administrative Assistant II, Phoenix Water Services Department
Speakers:
Ken Strobeck, Executive Director, League of Arizona Cities and 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 of Arizona Cities & Towns and County Supervisors Association will provide an overview of the 2017 legislative session, and explain the challenges and opportunities we currently face.

Creating a Sign Code after Reed v. Town of Gilbert

9:40 - 10:20 a.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Area: 2

Facilitator:
Stephen Erno, Neighborhood Preservation Manager, Chandler
Speakers:
Rosemarie R. Horvath, Assistant City Attorney, Chandler
Kelly Y. Schwab, City Attorney, Chandler


After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Reed v. Town of Gilbert case, many sign codes in Arizona and across the nation were deemed unconstitutional. This session will discuss how municipalities can pick up the pieces of their sign code and move forward with an amendment that not only controls visual clutter, but also passes the scrutiny of the courts, the business community, and other stakeholders.

Leadership is a Marathon

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plaza 2

ICMA Practice Area: 18

Facilitator:
Steven Turner, Senior Management Analyst, Casa Grande; Associate Director, ACMA

Keynote Speaker:
Matthew Jones, Keynote Speaker, Matthew Jones International

Matt Jones' talk, "Leadership is a Marathon" empowers leaders at the local level of government with strategies to enhance their ability to meet present day challenges. In this session, you will gain inspiration, motivation, and skills designed to boost yourself and those your leading to greater victory! This talk offers the following benefits for you as a leader:

  • Learn new information and tools to increase your effectiveness in your leadership role
  • Discover strategies to stay motivated in the marathon of leadership based off Positive Psychology
  • Identify ways to elevate your level of leadership

Conference Concludes

12:00 p.m.