Over 200 members attended the ACMA Summer Conference held at the beautiful Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. This year's theme was Your
Community, Your Profession, Yourself. The ACMA Summer Conference officially commenced Wednesday afternoon with the session, 21st Century: a New Era for Local
Patrick Ibarra, founder of the Mejandro Group and former city manager discussed the state of the profession and how it has evolved to keep up with changing
times. Providing tips and solutions, he provided those members in attendance with ways to entice young people to the local government profession, as well as
sharing his thoughts on how members can strengthen leadership capacity.
Associate members participated in a networking opportunity with Local Government Managers from Glendale, Scottsdale, Safford, Tolleson, and Navajo County.
Engaging local government management professionals early in their careers will provide them with the tools to build a leadership pipeline, so they are prepared
to step into leadership roles, both in their local governments and ACMA.
Another component of this year' conference was a field trip offered through APS of the Saguaro Solar Trough Power Plant. The tour included a presentation on
solar power and a tour of the facility.
Effective leadership does not occur by accident, this was the theme of David Rabiner's presentation on Insights on Leaderships. Members listened to Rabiner
share his techniques on how managers can create a "want to" work environment and how to instill this attitude with their employees. He demonstrated that
managers that embraced the "want to" attitude and create a "want to" work environment lead organizations that are more creative, more flexible, and more
responsive than communities managed by "have to" managers.
Friday the conference concluded with a the much anticipated legislative report delivered by Jeff Kros, Cheyenne Walsh of the League and Craig Sullivan,
Executive Director of the CSA.