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ACMA Summer Conference 2012
By: Dawn Irvine, Planning Committee Chair

Innovation and Inspiration to Transform Arizona's Communities

ICMA PM magazine recently published an article entitled Too Little Time to Wear All Those Hats, (May 2012.) While the article focused on the multi-faceted approach required of managers of small communities, these days, managers of all-sized communities find themselves and their staff members creating innovative approaches to public service. Throughout Arizona, county and municipal staff continues to demonstrate collaboration, creativity, flexibility, dedication, and passion for service.

The summer conference of 2012 showcased the effectiveness with which many Arizona communities and their private partners have provided exceptional public service with limited resources. From customer friendly library apps to LEAN on Loan, the Rapid Fire Innovations session highlighted creative and effective strategies for delivering service. Over the course of the 3-day conference, we focused on moving our organizations toward higher performance, discussing interest-based approaches to problem solving, targeted approaches to goal execution, and creating bench strength in our organizations and in our communities.

I would personally like to thank our sponsors for making the event possible, and the planning committee for organizing such a fantastic event. I would also like to give a special thanks to the conference co-chair, Kari Kent and to the League staff. Their tremendous efforts ensured all of the details were seamlessly addressed, and made a very complex arrangement seem almost easy.

Participating in a process such as this is an excellent opportunity for anyone in the city manager career path, regardless of the level. A conference planning committee table is filled with eager, passionate faces of committed professionals with incredible ideas. I urge you all to have a seat at the table at least once. Contact a member of the League staff or any one of the fine individuals listed below:

Kari Kent, City of Mesa, (Conference Co-Chair)
Aaron Adams, City of Mesa
Edith Baltierrez, City of Phoenix
Kevin Burke, City of Flagstaff
Kevin Burke, Town of Oro Valley
Nicole Dailey, Town of Gilbert
Bob Flatley, City of Coolidge
Dana Hlavac, Mohave County
Paul Jepson, City of Maricopa
Kristen Krey, City of Glendale
Kathie McAlpine, Phoenix Convention Center
Pam Muse, Alliance for Innovation
Kathy Sinnott, University of Arizona MPA student
Brent Stockwell, City of Scottsdale

Thank you for your continued service to our community!
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