2007 ACMA Winter Conference
Over two hundred ACMA members from across the state converged on Sedona, Arizona to share information and hear from speakers on a wide array of topics.

The conference commenced with an Executive Leadership Seminar on Media Relations: Keeping Up With a Changing World with an opening presentation by Richard DeUriarte, former Press Secretary to the Governor of New Mexico and Editorial Writer for the Arizona Republic. The day long seminar included a press panel discussion as well as hands-on media interview training for participants.
 
2007 ACMA Winter Conference Planning Committee
Wendy Kaserman, Chair, Sr. Mgmt. Analyst, Queen Creek
Pamela Kavanaugh, Co-Chair, Asst. City Manager, Glendale
George Flores, Life Member
Ruth Osuna, Deputy City Manager, Phoenix
Jerome Jordan, ICMA Fellow, Tucson
Jestin Johnson, ICMA Fellow, Tucson
Michael Sills-Trausch, Sr. Mgmt. Asst. F.O., Glendale
Brandie A. Ishcomer, Management Asst., Phoenix
Kimmerly Applewhite, Management Asst., Phoenix
Pam Muse, Western Regional Director, Innovations Group
Mark Pentz, City Manager, Chandler
Charlie McClendon, City Manager, Avondale
David Garcia, County Manager, Yuma
Lauren Krepitch, Management Asst., Queen Creek
Wednesday afternoon started off with two excellent sessions: 24/7 City Hall: Current Issues of Technology and Infrastructure and The Attack Of The Blog. Scott Neal, City Manager from Eden Prairie, Minnesota discussed the benefits and the risks associated with creating a Blog to promote your organization. Scott Neal has been recognized by Public Management and several other organizations for his use of weblog to promote his community of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Participants learned from both session about how emerging technology is shaping the cities of the future, changing the way we conduct business and how we interact with the residents in our communities.

Thursday's session schedule began with several interesting presentations. In the session on Evaluating Investments in Infrastructure, managers from Chino Valley, Queen Creek and Phoenix shared with audience members how their organizations successful finance and manage long-term infrastructure costs to support community development. This session was followed by Weaving the Physical and Social Fabric of Neighborhoods where panelists discussed various ways of transforming neighborhoods into communities that foster social interaction and collaboration.
 
Thursday's Lunch featured a keynote presentation on Ethics by ICMA President William Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan presented examples of ethical situations where managers using nothing more than common sense would have allowed them to avoid ethical violations. Thursday's Lunch also included a presentation by Dr. Bob Denhardt and Mike Hutchinson on the Marvin Andrews Fellows Program at ASU, and a presentation on Strategic Planning by Dr. James Svara.

This year's Winter Conference incorporated "lightning sessions" which are concurrent sessions repeated for the convenience of attendees who may have difficulty choosing between the topics. This year's topics included:
 
    Win-Win Labor Relations through the Relationship-by-Objectives Program
    The Managers Guide to Promoting Success for First Time Supervisors
    Leading and Motivating Our Most Important Resource
    So You Want to Supervise, But You Have No Supervisory Experience?
 
The Recognition Banquet featured a wonderful dinner and an evening full of surprise, excitement and emotion as several ACMA members were recognized and honored for their professional achievements and contributions to ACMA. The evening banquet concluded with an award presentation to outgoing President Mary Jacobs honoring her for her service and accomplishments as President of ACMA.

The final day of the conference, attendees were treated to a variety of session topics from Capturing Institutional Knowledge to Intergovernmental Relations and the Legislative Update. Panelists in the Capturing Institutional Knowledge session shared with members their insights in how to prevent the loss of institutional knowledge through the use of innovative tools and resources. George Flores gave members an overview of the Oral History Project, which has not only captured the history of the profession, but has also recorded a significant amount of municipal history in Arizona.
 
Closing the conference the Legislative Update provided members with an overview of what is happening in the State Legislature and the ever difficult atmosphere that exists there for local government. The legislative update was presented by the Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Ken Strobeck; the County Supervisors Associations' Todd Madezksa and the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff Anna Maria Chavez. As in prior years, this session was not only well attended, but received high praise from members.
 
This year's Winter Conference was huge success, through the hard work and contributions of many individuals.
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