2008 ACMA Winter Conference
Over 180 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 entitled "Precision Communication: Applying the Essential Ingredient for Successful Teams," presented by Chris Hunsicker. In this half-day long session, Chris instructed participants on techniques on getting more done in less time with more fun.

Wednesday afternoon started off with two excellent sessions: "Improving Operational Excellence - Simple, Pragmatic Use of Malcolm Baldrige Criteria and Its Tools in Public Organizations" and "General Session: Ethics & Integrity - And You Thought This Would Be Easy?" The Malcolm Baldrige session was lead by Jim Zurn from the Intel Corporation. The session covered ways to improve operations in public organizations. The Ethics session was lead by ACMA Life Members George Flores and Lloyd Harrell. The session provided a number of ethical "rules of thumb" that are useful to City and Town staff on a daily basis.

Thursday's session schedule began with several interesting presentations. The day started with two presentations on ICMA Performance Measures. Thursday morning also featured a 2008 Economic update and a session on "Responding to Fiscal Challenges" which covered how to deal with a changing economic climate and was presented by Jeff Tyne, Budget Director of the City of Peoria. The 2008 Economic Update was presented by Wayne Stutzer of RBC Capital Markets. Wayne covered the status of the current economic climate and strategies for municipalities to survive Arizona's changing economy.

Thursday's Lunch featured a keynote presentation from Carolyn Coleman, Director of Federal Relations for the National League of Cities. Carolyn presented an update on recent federal legislation that impacts cities and towns. Thursday's Lunch also served as the location for the 2008 Annual Business meeting at which members voted on new Board members, new Life Members and a Bylaws amendment.

This year's Winter Conference once again 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:
 
    Investing in the Community through University Partnerships
    Financing Capital Infrastructure: Expectations, Sources and Partnerships
    Going Green
 
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 included an award presentation to outgoing President Gayle Mabery honoring her for her service and accomplishments as President of ACMA.

The final morning of the conference started off with a Legislative Round Table session. At this session League staff answered questions from attendees on a variety of legislative issues. Friday also featured sessions on "The Future of Transportation" and "Arizona Water Management." The Transportation session featured Victor Mendez, Director, ADOT, Dennis Smith, Executive Director, MAG, Maxine Leather, Executive Director, CAAG, and Richard Gaar, Executive Director, SEAGO. The Water Management Session was presented by Rita Maguire from Maguire & Pearce and Scott Miller from AZDWR.

This year's Winter Conference was a huge success, through the hard work and contributions of many individuals.
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