By: George Pettit, ACMA Life Member and ASU Professor
Thanks to the members for the opportunity to share with you information on Arizona State University's Online
Hybrid MPA at the ACMA Summer Conference luncheon. The School of Public Affairs is committed to providing
access to all our programs in a productive and beneficial way, as well as partnering with Rio Salado College
and their associate degree and certificate programs in public administration.
Some of you may not be aware of the partnership which started with ASU, International City/County Management
Association (ICMA) and the Alliance for Innovation six years ago. This partnership is committed to connecting
professionals, local government and academics together to conduct research and promote innovation and best
practices for the benefit of local governments throughout the world. That partnership met in Phoenix and
renewed the commitment to work together to provide access to information with the knowledge network, as well
as promote identification of emerging practices, leading practices and prevailing practices to our members.
Academic research and use of ASU's centers and expertise to identify these practices will benefit ACMA membership
because of proximity and access. ASU has a fundamental commitment to collaboration and cooperation to advance
better communities and governance.
The three new Marvin Andrews Fellows started their work with the Center for Urban Innovation and Alliance for
Innovation. I look forward to introducing them to the membership in February 2014 at the winter conference.
Jacob Meshke, Matthew Behunin and Dominic Papa bring new energy and perspectives
to the program. Dr. Swindell, Karen Thoreson and I are working on their first year research projects, which may
also include a field exercise with the town of Cave Creek. I may also be calling on some of you to provide their
second year field internship later this year.
ASU Alumni might also be interested in the opening of a new outreach center in Santa Monica, California. The Center
for Urban Innovation and Alliance also has two interns located in that office working with the California Civic
Innovation Project, funded by ASU Strategic Initiative Funds. Cassie Johnson and Travis Orton
will be working out of that office, while finishing their master's degrees. They will also be participating in staff
meetings with the Marvins.
Again, this experience and offering to young professionals is only possible with your financial and professional support. Let
me know if you have questions at George.email@example.com or you can contribute
online at www.asufoundation.org/andrews
to make a fourth Marvin slot available for fall 2014.