Swedish Managers Begin Arizona Visit in Clarkdale
On Sunday, April 23rd a group from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), began a tour of Arizona Cities and Towns through a program hosted by Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs as part of their program on Democracy and Management Control. Group participants included staff from SALAR which is the Swedish equivalent to our National League of Cities organization, along with City Managers and Department Heads from eight different cities in Sweden: Malmoe, Botkyrka, Nacka, Karlstad, Umeå, Kungsbacka, Västerås and Uddevalla.
The SALAR group arrived in Arizona on Saturday afternoon, April 22nd, and their Sunday excursion was the first official day of their program. The first stop on their tour of Arizona's Cities and Towns was to the Historic Town of Clarkdale for lunch at Su Casa Mexican Restaurant. After lunch, Town Manager Gayle Mabery addressed the group about the history of Clarkdale, its origins as a company town and its recognition as one of Arizona's first planned communities.
Gayle led a discussion on incorporation as a Town, local government structure and the challenges that Clarkdale is currently facing as a community and plans for the future. She also spoke about the Arizona City/County Manager's Association, its activities and the other forms of government in Arizona (State, County, special districts), taking many questions from the audience.
From Clarkdale, the group headed to Sedona for some sightseeing and shopping, then on to Montezuma Castle, finally returning to the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Where members of SALAR toured an Intel plan and spent time with the Managers and staff members from the Cities of Chandler, Scottsdale, and the Town of Queen Creek.
SALAR's goal in arranging this tour for their members is to further their understanding of issues regarding democracy and the effectiveness of public administration. They focus on areas such as the division of public responsibility, development of local democracy, leadership, control systems, procurement, accounting and auditing.
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