President's Message
This past March the ACMA Board reviewed and updated the Association's Work Plan for 2006. We spent the majority of our time discussing particular objectives of the Work Plan, but it was also an opportunity to reflect on the Association's values and the future of our organization. Many individuals have shaped the Association to what ACMA is today and we are continuing to work hard to provide the greatest value in services and benefits to our membership. I would like to share with you some highlights of our 2006 Work Plan, and ultimately the benefits of your ACMA membership.
In the coming months, the ACMA Board plans to introduce new programs to meet the personal and professional development needs of our members, as well as creating a higher education connection with Arizona's universities to educate the next generation about careers in local government management. ACMA is in the process of developing partnerships in order to utilize existing web communication and teleconferencing infrastructure in Arizona to offer a program of web based training opportunities to our members. This program will allow for a greater number of members from around the state to participate in professional development programs.
We will be offering two executive training programs again this year, one on October 7 featuring Jim Svara, professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University and a nationally recognized scholar on local government management, who will help participants build and hone their leadership skills. Also, as a pre-session at the winter conference, we are very excited to announce a session on Crisis Communication and Media Training with Aaron Brown, former host of CNN's NewsNight with Aaron Brown and current John J. Rhodes professor in Public Policy and American Institutions at ASU. More information about both of these sessions will be forthcoming.
We are working to cultivate personal and professional relationships amongst our members and with this in mind we are looking at better ways to make it easier for our members to communicate, to exchange ideas and to share best practices. We are making enhancements to our website, creating an electronic newsletter and e-directory, and by adding List Serv capabilities will help us to attain this goal. We value the diversity and the experience of our membership and we are working to both serve the needs of each member and to recognize that each member as a valuable resource to our organization.
As an organization we are developing a plan to enhance recognition of our members who continuously demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, while supporting the values of ACMA. We are examining what other state organizations are doing and hope to have new recognition programs in place for our winter conference.
The ACMA Board is continuously listening to the professional development needs of its members by adding or improving programs accordingly. We recently sent out our first electronic survey in an effort to make it even easier for you to tell us how we can improve the quality of the services and training we offer to you, our members. If you haven't taken the survey yet, please do so by clicking here. Results will be shared in our next newsletter.
I look forward to seeing each of you at our Summer Conference in July, and hope to continue this discussion about how ACMA can benefit you and your organization.
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