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ACMA President's Message
By Josh Wright, ACMA President

Thank you to the ACMA membership for the opportunity to serve as your president in 2015-2016. There is much work ahead to make this year successful, but I am humbled by your trust in me and our outstanding board of directors to lead the organization into the future.

I am also honored to be following in the footsteps of our immediate past president, Kari Kent, Deputy City Manager in Mesa. Kari took the ACMA reins in a time with many opportunities and challenges for our association. She did a fantastic job facilitating the diversity of new ideas we've explored in the past year and I am grateful to have her participation on the board for another year.

High attendance numbers at our recent winter conference demonstrate that ACMA remains a strong organization filled with members who are passionate about public service. Thank you to our conference chair, Assistant City Manager Karen Daines of Sedona, and her planning committee for assembling a fun conference filled with learning and networking opportunities.

I look forward to building on that foundation at this year's summer conference. Mark your calendars now to join us July 22-24 at Dove Mountain in Marana.

There are several areas I hope to make focal points of the board's efforts this year. The first is membership. Without members, we do not have an association.

While our membership numbers have remained strong overall, we've also lost opportunities through the recent recession to welcome new generations of leaders into our profession. Our membership is also changing, with managers finding our profession from different career backgrounds.

We have a unique opportunity this year to adapt and continue to deliver value through our various membership levels, conferences, and scholarship programs. Encouraging more members to participate in ACMA activities and committees, as well as reengaging our life members, are also personal goals this year.

The second focus area is financial sustainability. The board made several wise decisions this past year to stabilize the finances of some of its most popular programs, including the Esser and Andrews scholarships. That same creative spirit will be applied to our overall budget as we look at new ways to maintain the ACMA programs we already enjoy and offer new ones that will keep us relevant as the profession grows and changes.

2015-2016 will be an exciting year for ACMA. Please know that our board's primary role is to support our members throughout Arizona and we always welcome your ideas and participation. If I can personally be of service to you at any time, please contact me at (928) 668-0524 or
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