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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 Winter Conference session. For a complete list of ICMA's practice areas, please click here.

Sedona Hike

8:30 a.m.


A new athletic event scheduled this year is a hike on the Baldwin trail in Sedona, a beautiful 3 mile loop trail. Not too hard, and rated as a 2.5 on a scale from 1-4 (4 being the hardest). This trail has awesome view of Cathedral Rock and loops around to Red-rock crossing. We estimate the hike to take 2-2.5 hours. We plan on meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the lobby of the Hilton and carpooling to the trail head. Dress appropriately and don't forget to bring some water. No fee is required, but registration is (we don't want anyone getting left on the trail). To register, please email Tim Pickering at Tim@InterimPublicManagement.com for more details and registration.

Pre-Conference Session: Next Big Things - What Does it Mean for My Community?

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom A


Speaker:
Nijah Fudge, West Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation

What might our cities and counties look like in 2036? The Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors set out on a journey to discover the "Next Big Things" facing local governments. We challenged ourselves to look beyond the horizon and imagine what our cities and counties might look like one generation from now. In this session, our presenter will take you back to think about what has changed over the last twenty years and challenge you to think ahead to be a future ready community. This will include an overview of the four forces and trends that should be on your radar. We will also break into groups and conduct a "Big Sort", looking at your community's vulnerabilities and where you might need to focus. Participants will leave the session with action steps they can take to be future ready.

The cost of the pre-conference session is $30 per person and is open to conference and non-conference attendees. If you are registered for the ACMA Winter Conference and would like to attend, you do need to register. Click here to register for the pre-conference session.

Lunch on Your Own

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Economic Update

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom A

ICMA Practice Area: 9

Facilitator:
Milton Dohoney, Assistant City Manager, Phoenix & Board Director, ACMA
Speaker:
Sean McCarthy, Regional Chief Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Private Bank

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

Intentional Practices for Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom A


Facilitator:
Eric Bailey, President, Bailey Strategic Innovation Group
Speakers:
Nicole Lance, Deputy City Manager, Surprise & 2016 President, ACMA
Mae Sinclair, Organizational Development Consultant, Phoenix
Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, Surprise


Professional local government management must attract and cultivate a diverse and talented group of individuals dedicated to the highest ideals of public service. Join this session to explore strategies and techniques for building a culturally diverse profession and a local government staff that reflects the whole community.

Break and Network with Sponsors

3:10 - 3:20 in Canyon Prefunction


Building a Positive Reputation, Even in Tumultuous Times

3:20 - 4:45 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom A

ICMA Practice Areas: 8, 18

Facilitator:
Chris Cornelison, Assistant to the Town Manager, Oro Valley
Speaker:
Christian Zdebel, Silver Section LLC

Most of us think we already have a good reputation, whether among our friends, at our jobs or within our community. Christian Zdebel will share his own stories of challenges he faced both personally and professionally in regard to reputation and perception, and how they might relate to the public perception hurdles faced every day by local government leaders. In an age in which social media spreads all kinds of information instantly, government leaders must continually connect with their communities to ensure they keep a positive reputation and build trust, long before controversial issues arise.

Sponsor & Welcome Reception

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom B and Prefunction


ACMA welcomes members to join us for an opening reception to thank our sponsors. The ongoing success of ACMA is dependent on several factors, but possibly none as important as the continued financial support of our corporate partners. This reception is sponsored by Arizona State University School of Public Affairs.

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 Winter Conference session. For a complete list of ICMA's practice areas, please click here.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:50 a.m. in Canyon Prefunction and Patio


Things You Need to Know From ACMA Sponsors

8:00 - 8:50 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 10, 13

Facilitator:
Chris Cornelison., Assistant to the Town Manager, Oro Valley
Speakers:
Drew Gorgey, Vice President, Peckham & McKenney
Keith Laake, President, Cost Control Associates
Ritchie Lipson, Esq., Senior Counsel, Kasdan LippSmith Weber Turner
Pam Muse, Client Services Director, SAFEbuilt


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 such as healthcare cost savings, the need to perform forest restoration and water supplies, preparing for the next generation workforce, protecting large property assets and public finance.

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.

Keeping Them Out of the Weeds

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 9, 14, 17

Facilitator:
Tim Pickering, President & CEO, Interim Public Management LLC
Speakers:
Patrick Banger, Town Manager, Gilbert
John Kross, Town Manager, Queen Creek
Charles Potucek, City Manager, Sierra Vista


This session brings to light some of the challenges with upholding the council-manager form of government as an effective and efficient government structure. This speaker panel of seasoned city managers will share their professional insights on how or when to "draw a line in the sand" when a council, councilmember, commission member or citizen gets too much into the weeds. You will hear some real-life examples of challenges that city managers have encountered and how these challenges were addressed, which may assist you when dealing with similar hurdles.

Break and Network with Sponsors

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. in Canyon Prefunction


Ethical Leadership

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 17

Facilitator:
Pam Weir, Assistant to the City Manager, Goodyear
Speakers:
Karen Daly, Mountain Plains Regional Director, ICMA
Mike Letcher, Senior Advisor, ACMA
Pat McDermott, Senior Advisor, ACMA


Professional ethics are part of the foundation of public service. As leaders in local government we abide by a code of ethics to steer us towards creating public value and away from decisions that would undermine our credibility and effectiveness. In this session, you will receive an update on recent changes to the ICMA Code of Ethics and have the opportunity to compete in an interactive game of ethical decision making. Whether you're a student or a long-time manager, ethics are crucial to being a successful leader.

Lunch and Annual Business Meeting

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Tequa Ballroom

Speakers:
Nicole Lance, Deputy City Manager, Surprise & 2016 President, ACMA
Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager, Coconino County & 2017 President, ACMA
James Jayne, County Manager, Navajo County & Mountain Plains Region VP, ICMA
George Pettit, Life Member, ACMA
Marvin Andrews Fellows, Arizona State University


All attendees are welcome to attend the annual business meeting in the Tequa Ballroom.

Officer Involved Shooting: Preparing for it, Leading Through it, Recovering From it

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 3, 4, 16

Facilitator:
Milton Dohoney, Assistant City Manager, Phoenix & Board Director, ACMA
Speakers:
Chris Brady, City Manager, Mesa
Stephen Pauken, City Manager, Winslow


This session will examine a topic that has affected big and small communities across the country. As local government leaders are there steps that should be taken prior to? When one occurs, what should government leaders do? In the aftermath, how can we repair the damage?

Senior Advisor Meetings

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Oak Creek Canyon

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 and Network with Sponsors

2:30 - 2:40 p.m. in Canyon Prefunction


What Marijuana Legalization Means for Local Governments and Communities

2:40 - 3:30 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 2, 3

Facilitator:
Edith Baltierrez, Senior Management Analyst, Surprise
Speakers:
Steve Barwick, City Manager, Aspen, CO
Will Humble, Division Director, Health Policy and Evaluation, Center for Population Science and Discovery, University of Arizona
Richard Pryor, Police Chief, Aspen, CO
Steven Skadron, Mayor, Aspen, CO
Terry Young, Police Chief, Surprise


The discussion will focus on what legalization has meant for local governments and their communities including how legalization has affected revenue streams, zoning, permitting, law enforcement, human health departments and policymakers.

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce: Can't We All Just Get Along?

3:40 - 4:30 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 9

Facilitator:
Kari Kent, Assistant City Manager, Mesa
Speakers:
Kristen Ayers, Marvin Andrews Fellow & MPA Student, ASU
Edith Baltierrez, Senior Management Analyst, Surprise
Blaise Caudill, Marvin Andrews Fellow & MPA Student, ASU
Stephen Erno, Neighborhood Preservation Manager, Chandler
Debra Stapleton, Human Resources Director, Chandler


Are Millennials lazy? Will the Baby Boomers ever retire? Join the conversation! This will panel seeks to understand the differences and similarities between each generation and offer insight into how all generations can work together to achieve the organization's goals.

Board Meeting

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. in Oak Creek Canyon


Reception

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Canyon Patio


Recognition Banquet & Awards Ceremony

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom


Join ACMA to celebrate and honor the 2017 award recipients at the annual recognition banquet and awards ceremony. The ACMA President will recognize the winners for the following: Andrews/Esser Student Scholarships, Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership, Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award, John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award and Life Membership. The dinner is included with full registration. Additional tickets may be purchased.



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 Winter Conference session. For a complete list of ICMA's practice areas, please click here.

Continental Breakfast

7:15 - 8:00 a.m. in Canyon Prefunction and Patio


Working Together to Compare and Improve Performance

8:00 - 8:50 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 3, 5, 7

Facilitator:
Stephen Erno, Neighborhood Preservation Manager, Chandler
Speakers:
David Swindell, Director & Associate Professor, Center for Urban Innovation, ASU
Brent Stockwell, Assistant City Manager, Scottsdale


Since 2011, 11 large cities have been working together with the Alliance for Innovation, and Arizona State University's Center for Urban Innovation to improve local government performance. The Valley Benchmark Cities is a collaborative of designated representatives from the largest cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area to identify common demographic, financial and performance information, to provide and discuss that information to better understand similarities and differences between complex and diverse operations and to share information, resources and best practices with one another. This presentation will highlight results from the first two reports, as well as additional research conducted by the group. The presentation will also focus on how other jurisdictions can work together to develop similar collaborative approaches to data sharing and analysis.

To the Future and Back Again: Long-Term Forecasting

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 3

Facilitator:
Marc Skocypec, Assistant Town Manager, Gilbert
Speakers:
Kelly Pfost, Management and Budget Director, Gilbert
Mary Vinzant, Assistant to the Town Manager, Gilbert


What if you could hop in your DeLorean and not only predict the Cubs winning the World Series (within one year), but also better understand the future needs of your community? How will the decisions of today impact the paths that are available to you tomorrow? Long-term forecasts can be powerful tools for policy makers and local government managers to analyze different scenarios and better understand the impact of decisions. Fortunately, they need not be overly complicated or expensive. This session will include a case study of two home-grown models from the town of Gilbert: one that projects long-term staffing, and the other that forecasts long-term expenditures and revenues, all based in Excel. Presenters will share tips for building your own, as well as any lessons learned along the way.

Legislative Update and Forecasting

10:10 - 11:15 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 2

Facilitator:
Ian McGaughey, Town Manager, Clifton, & Board Director, ACMA
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.

Conference Concludes

11:15 a.m.