President's Message
One of the responsibilities of the Association President is to participate in regional discussions with our fellow associations in the Mountain Plains Region. The topic of interest and concern to the national association was engaging young professionals to become a part of the activities of ICMA and the profession.

I shared with ICMA staff the things we have done as an Association which have all our members, including young professionals, fully engaged in our programs and public service. The addition of Associates to the Board as voting members has certainly raised the participation and the quality of our efforts. The networking programs and educational opportunities that have been developed and are improving each year are another asset. Our relationship with ASU with the Andrews Scholars program and internships is another effective project which grows our profession. It sounded as though we are leading the way when it comes to this challenge from the parent organization.

I appreciate those of you have responded to the call for volunteers for service with ICMA. I will be passing along all names, since we are not restricted to one nomination per state.

As we work in the future and build on our successful relationships, the new relationship with ICMA and the Alliance for Innovation, which has just relocated to ASU, represents tremendous local opportunity for even more networking, resource sharing and learning. I have been fortunate to be a part of the Alliance (formerly known as the Innovation Group) and have benefited from those programs and research sharing opportunities. I think our Association should actively engage in building on this opportunity.

Another item of discussion and concern with the Board was keeping our conferences and training opportunities affordable and valued. We all know that travel and training are the first to go in the budget when times get tight. We are committed to provide the most affordable and interesting programs possible at the local level throughout the state. Web based training is good, but it doesn't compensate for the networking and sharing that occurs when we get together to learn.

Please do all you can to keep up your membership and your participation as we move through these challenging economic times. Share your ideas and thoughts with the Board as we build the future of the profession.

It is a pleasure and privilege to have an active and effective Association with a talented Board and great diversity to keep us leading our profession into the future. We have great foundations upon which to build. Thank you for your presence and support of our efforts.

George Pettit
ACMA President
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