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Conference Features! This year, the ACMA Summer Conference will be held at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson. 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 Lunch with a Mentor, the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards, and sessions about topics ranging from participatory democracy and procurement to succession planning and the 2020 Census.

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 Tucson!
ICMA has identified 14 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.

This year's golf tournament will be held at La Paloma Country Club, 3660 E. Sunrise Drive in Tucson. With a shotgun start at 7 a.m., this tournament is geared toward relaxation, fellowship and fun for all. The tournament’s scramble format allows inexperienced golfers to join the fun and be paired with experienced golfers on a four-person team. Green fees, practice balls and a cart are $60 plus tax for 18 holes, and participants pay at the Jack Nicklaus designed course the day of the tournament. Rental clubs are $65 and the driving range will be open before the round. Beverages will be provided on the course by Midstate Energy throughout the round. Prizes for first and second place along with individual prizes will be awarded at the Southwest Gas sponsored luncheon at the AZUL restaurant located near the hotel lobby following play. To sign up for the tournament, send an email to Tim Pickering, tim@interimpublicmanagement.com or call 480-577-0949.

Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. Plaza Pre-Function

Lunch Buffet featuring Lunch with a Mentor

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Sonoran Room

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! Please sign up on the conference registration page. Advance RSVP is required!

Why the “I” in ICMA is Important, and How You and Your City Can Be Part of It

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom

Cynthia Seelhammer & Terry Zerkle
Dr. Peoples, Chief Health Officer, Coconino County Public Health Services District
Janet Regner, Director, Coconino County Community Services
Andy Bertelsen, Public Works Director, City of Flagstaff
Mandela Washington Fellows

Our state association ACMA is connected to ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. But what does this mean? This rapid-fire presentation will explain how more than half of the revenue of ICMA comes from its international program. Learn about opportunities you and your local government have to play a role in ICMA’s outreach efforts. In addition, this session will focus on another international learning program: the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The 2018 Public Management Institute is the 7th Mandela Washington Fellowship the ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions has hosted since 2014. This year’s group of 25 Fellows are between the ages of 25 and 35 and are from 17 different African countries.

Efficiency Hacks – Tips for Boosting Productivity

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 4, 11

Amber Costa, Economic Development Agreement Coordinator, City of Peoria
Dawn Marie Buckland, Deputy Town Manager, Town of Paradise Valley

This session will explore the way in which some local government employees have found a way to become more efficient through technology and mental heuristics.


2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Grand Ballroom

Tony Hunter, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Marana
Dawn Prince, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Peoria
Alexis Ramirez, Management Assistant – Recreation Services Division, Town of Queen Creek

This year’s ACMA President, Shane Dille, and the ACMA Planning Committee want you to leave this year’s conference with meaningful relationships and allies to call on in the future for advice, brainstorming, and good discussions. This is why the theme of this year’s ACMA Summer Conference is Quality Connections. During the ACMA Ignite Session, we wish to help you expand the depth of your relationships with your peers! Join us as our guest speakers get vulnerable by sharing stories from their professional and personal lives so that you may learn what makes them uniquely human! During this session, we will also give the audience a chance to share! Let’s get personal, and more importantly, let’s increase the quality of our connections to one another and as a professional association!

ACMA Board Meeting

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Aster

Welcome Reception

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Arizona Deck and Foyer

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 14 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. Arizona Deck and Foyer

Things You Need to Know From ACMA Sponsors

7:40 - 8:20 a.m. Grand Ballroom

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 five-minute presentations 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.

From Pains and Pitfalls to Procured and Paid!

8:40 - 9:35 a.m. Grand Ballroom

Cherie Odeski, Procurement Officer, Town of Sahuarita
Terri Johnson, Deputy State Procurement Officers, State Procurement Office
Christina Pryor, Purchasing and Materials Manager, City of Chandler

If your agency suffers from procurement pains and pitfalls, this panel will give you the tools to get your goods and services procured and paid! Join the discussion to hear how other agencies are continuously evaluating their procurement and contracting processes for improvement. Hear the State Procurement Office speak to the services they lend to municipalities. If your agency is excelling or doing something innovative in this area already, find out how to have your staff nationally recognized.

Coaching Up, Down and Across

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Grand Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 4, 13, 14

Tim Pickering, President & CEO, IPM; Credentialed City Manager, Certified Economic Developer

Designed by ICMA's Leadership Development Director, this session provides practice in the skill of coaching, of trusting intuition, asking the right questions and of mining strengths of individuals and organizations. Let's build our coaching muscles together.

Break & Network with Sponsors

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

Get Your Bond On!

11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Grand Ballroom

Alan E. Maguire, President - The Maguire Company

Is your city or town exploring a bond election? Explore crucial aspects in developing a citizen-driven bond initiative and learn how to best position your community for success. Learn strategies for working with your elected body and ensuring that your community is engaged and educated.

Gabe Zimmerman Awards Luncheon Sponsored by HPACT

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

Shane Dille, President, ACMA & Deputy City Manager, City of Flagstaff
Joseph Valdez, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, Center for the Future of Arizona

The ACMA Summer Conference Luncheon will feature the recognition of the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards, a statewide competition created to recognize outstanding non-elected public servants in three categories – Community Builder, Emerging Leader and Civic Leader. Named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, director of community outreach for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the awards are an opportunity to recognize the commitment and dedication of more than 100,000 professional public servants who serve as the critical link between citizens and the people elected to represent them.

Lunch is sponsored by ACMA Platinum Sponsor HPACT (Health Insurance Plans for Arizona Cities and Towns). HPACT is an employee benefits program for cities, towns and municipalities.

Public Engagement Reimagined

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom

Madison Neanover, Civic Engagement Assistant, Center for the Future of Arizona
Danae Presler, Management Assistant, Neighborhood Services, City of Chandler

Learn innovative ways to engage citizens, address public concerns, and enhance our communities in this interactive session. Panelists will kick it off with rapid-fire presentations, sharing techniques they have used to reach more people, gather more meaningful input from residents, and engage the public in new ways. We will continue the quest for fresh ideas through small group discussions. Come with an open mind; leave with possibilities.

Senior Advisor Meetings

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

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! Sponsored by Cox

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Arizona Foyer

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

Preparing for a Mass Causality Incident in Your Community

2:45 - 3:35 p.m. Grand Ballroom

Sean Duggan, Chief of Police, Chandler Police Department
Tom Dwiggins, Fire Chief, Chandler Fire Department

In today’s climate, local government leaders must unfortunately contend with the threat of a mass causality incident occurring in their community. In response to these threats, the Chandler Police and Fire Departments have developed a unique, innovative, and highly collaborative working relationship. This session will highlight the training, expectations and response to mass causality incidents focusing the rapid response and assertive action of police to stop an active threat, deployment of a rescue task force where fire personnel can begin treating the critically wounded in a "warm zone" as soon as possible, and the exercise of the "unified command" model to provide a seamless transition between duties and the efficient deployment of resources.

Do the Right Thing!

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Grand Ballroom

Martha Perego, Director of Ethics, ICMA

Ethics is often positioned as the ultimate battle between good and evil. A world where winning is a simple challenge of choosing right from wrong. In reality, making ethical choices is far more complex and nuanced. Situations present right but competing values. You do the right thing but get drawn into the fray by the unethical conduct of others. Your good intentions are overshadowed by the appearance of wrongdoing. Join ICMA’s Director of Ethics, Martha Perego, for a lively and interactive session on the ethical challenges facing local government professionals. You will have the opportunity to solve real-world issues using the ICMA Code of Ethics and learn tips and practical strategies for avoiding the pitfalls, headlines, and career flameouts of unethical choices.

Evening Reception Sponsored by Banner|Aetna

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Terrace Level & Foyer

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 14 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. Arizona Deck and Foyer

Census 2020: Make it Count!

7:30 - 8:20 a.m. Grand Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 14

Anubhav Bagley, Information Services Manager, Maricopa Association of Governments
Mary Carter, Director of Partnerships and Development, Pima Association of Governments
Pauline Nunez, Partnership Coordinator, Denver Census Office

Census counts provide crucial data and drive funding and resources allocations. Discover why the Census is so important to your municipality and hear techniques and best practices to enhance outreach, participation and accuracy.

Greater Issues in Local Government Management: Five Managers Discuss Challenges, Opportunities and What Lies Ahead in Arizona Local Government Management

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Grand Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14

Challenges: How does a manager muddle through multiple problems? For example: ethics, fiscal, human resource, infrastructure, negativity, public safety, regulatory, or Council/Board confidence?

Opportunities: You fixed it, now what? How do we recognize opportunity when we see it? Does the Council/Board agree with you?

What Lies Ahead: The precursors to tomorrow's challenges and opportunities exist today. What are the emerging issues, what are the possibilities, and can we do anything about them?

Legislative Update

9:50 – 11:00 a.m. Grand Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 8

Tom Belshe, Deputy Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
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 2018 legislative session, and explain the challenges and opportunities we currently face.

Conference Concludes

12:00 p.m