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ACMA 2011 Winter Conference

By Nicole Daily, Co-Chair
Winter 2010 Conference Planning Committee

Stack up those business cards and get the pens and paper ready for note-taking - it's almost time for the Winter 2011 ACMA Conference! Your conference planning committee has been working hard to put together an interesting and meaningful conference this February. We know you've been putting in long hours this past year, and we hope this getaway to Sedona rejuvenates you both personally and professionally. We are very excited to offer session topics that will help equip you to return to the office and put your new ideas into action!

Since the Winter Conference is the opportunity to recognize outstanding leaders and also award much-deserved accolades to lifetime members and long-time public servants in ACMA, we have woven in the presence of many of these leaders into our session offerings. A new opportunity to gain "Advice from the Experts" comes in the form of an open, round-table discussion with former City Management professionals. If you've got a confounding conundrum or prickly problem, you'll have the chance to get targeted advice direct from veteran managers!

We're bringing back the "big guns" from ICMA this year as we expand on the summer Ethics and Leadership session led by Martha Perego and also feature ICMA Executive Director Bob O'Neill who will be discussing the exciting ICMA campaign "Life, Well Run". Conference offerings also emphasize economic sustainability at the local, regional, and statewide level. We will also be including sessions on some current critical topics: the "Perfect Storm" of the looming pension crisis, understanding the dollars and the politics of the 2010 census, and the ins and outs of state-shared revenue issues as well.

Additional conference offerings include addressing some of our community relationship issues and getting past the "us vs. them" mentality many of us are experiencing in our communities and even among our own staffs. We'll explore ways to advance the public trust through reconnecting our community and caring for our own organizations in the broader community context. We've also reformatted the legislative update portion to provide more opportunity for a legislative conversation, examining post-election legislative challenges and ways to capitalize on our opportunities.

We sincerely hope you join us this winter as we honor and celebrate leaders in our profession at all levels and work together to provide improved professional management for our communities.

Arizona City/County Management Association
1820 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007   •   Phone: (602) 258-5786   •   Fax: (602) 253-3874   •   www.azmanagement.org