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Message from the President
Bob Flatley, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Coolidge

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ACMA Executive Board and staff for participating in the annual retreat which was held March 28th and 29th in Peoria. A special thanks goes to Director Carl Swenson, Peoria city manager, for the retreat arrangements.

During the retreat, the following items were discussed as follows:

  • Finance Report for the period 07/01/12 to 02/28/13
  • New Associate Member applications (3) and full member applications (2)
  • Appointment to fill one ACMA vacant Board Member seat. (Joshua Wright, Wickenburg town manager, was voted in by the board)
  • ACMA summer conference 2015
  • Proposed FY 14 Budget
  • Work plan for 2013, updating and revising the Strategic Plan's Key Result Areas (KRAs)

Under the financial report discussion, concern was expressed about the status of the corporate partner program. Corporate sponsorship contributions had fallen by about $13,000 from the FY 2013 adopted budget. Because of the drop in sponsorships, the draft FY 2014 budget had to be scaled back in several areas.

Several reasons were brought forward as to why the drop in sponsorships. One thought was that many sponsors contributed toward the national ICMA conference held in Phoenix in October 2012, after having already sponsored our summer and winter conferences that year. Another thought was that companies are only recently coming out of the recession and not financially ready to contribute. Nevertheless, the board unanimously supported the idea that each ACMA member should be encouraged to seek out corporate sponsors to help us promote the value of professional local government management in Arizona.

The draft budget for FY 2014 will be voted on by the board at its May 17 board meeting. Some changes that were suggested included the possibility of removing the golf/recreation programs, reducing postage and copies, summer and winter conference speaker fees, and to not fund the Oral History Project and limiting the potential opportunity for a Marvin Andrews Challenge Grant donation. It was also the board's decision to increase conference registration fees by 5 percent.

Back in 2009, the ICMA Executive Board and Funding Advisory Council (FAC) established a goal of having 100 percent of the membership contribute $100 annually to the professional fund by 2014, which is the 100th anniversary. My goal this year is to encourage this funding program, which has resulted in such programs as "Life, Well Run" and the ICMA Awareness Campaign Program.

At the request of ICMA, I submitted the name of Jill Dusenberry, an ICMA/ACMA member and Coolidge assistant city manager, to represent Arizona on the ICMA 2014 Annual Conference Planning Committee. The committee will be planning the association's 100th annual conference, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 14 - 17, 2014.

Finally, I would like to express my congratulations to Charlie Cassens, Lake Havasu city manager, and Kari Kent, Mesa deputy city manager, for being chosen winners of the 2013 Harvard scholarships. I would also like to congratulate Matthew Behunin, Andrew Flavin and Dominic Papa for winning the Marvin Andrews Fellowships. If the 10 Marvin Andrews applicants are any indication of what to expect, our city/county management profession will be in good hands into the future.
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