ACMA 2023 Summer Conference


Wednesday, July 12

Golf Tournament
7:00 a.m. | Golf Staging Area

Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. | Foyer – A

Lunch Buffet featuring Lunch with a Mentor
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Salon C

What Cities and Towns are Doing to Address Housing
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Grand Ballroom

Overview of housing successes in Arizona. The panelist will discuss their case studies providing examples of successes and an overview of processes and tools relevant to those successes. Panelists include non-profit and for-profit developers, city manager, and the Director of Housing.


Joan Serviss, Director of Housing, State of Arizona
Sally Schwenn, Arizona Market President, Gorman & Co.
Ron Corbin, City Manager, Avondale 

Navigating Personal Finances through a Public Service Career, from First Job to Retirement
1:40 – 2:30 p.m. | Grand Ballroom

Break & Network with Sponsors
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Foyer – Triangle

QUICK HITS: Incorporating Wellness and Exercise into a Busy Schedule
2:45 – 2:55p.m.


Lange House, Client Wellbeing Consultant, Gallagher

Navigating Personal Finances through a Public Service Career, from First Job to Retirement Cont.
2:55 – 3:45 p.m. | Grand Ballroom

ACMA Board Meeting
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Executive Boardroom

Sponsor Facilitated Q&A with ACMA Board
5:10 – 5:45 p.m. | Ventana Room

Welcome Reception
5:45 – 7:00 p.m. | TBD


Thursday, July 13

Continental Breakfast
7:15 – 8:20 a.m. | Foyer – East & West

Manager, Deputy/Asst., Associate Member Corner Discussions

  • Associate Member’s Corner
    8:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Room TBD

  • Assistant/Deputy Manager’s Corner
    8:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Room TBD

  • Manager’s Corner
    8:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Room TBD

Corner Updates
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Grand Ballroom

Break & Network with Sponsors
10:00 – 10:20 a.m. Foyer | Foyer

Keynote – Everest to Empowerment
10:20 – 11:50 a.m. | Grand Ballroom

Shailee grew up in Kathmandu where her school had zero sports opportunities for girls. It became her secret passion to play freely one day and discover just what her physical abilities were. In 2008, she joined a team of women who scaled Mt Everest. She then led her team to become the first female group to climb the 7 Summits. Shailee now leads a program to train young survivors of trafficking and other abuse, helping them become licensed Himalayan guides. The journey started as a personal challenge and has now become a platform to empower the next generation of women. In this talk, Shailee shares insights learned both on and off the mountain—insights that anyone can use to scale any mountain—be it a personal challenge, professional goal or finding a breakthrough in life.

Shailee Basnet’s Links:

Home : Shailee Basnet

Keynote Speaker:

Shailee Basnet, Leader, Seven Summits Women Team

Gabe Zimmerman Awards Luncheon
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Salon C

Prioritizing Mental Health
1:40 – 2:40 p.m. | Grand Ballroom

Senior Advisor Meetings
1:45 – 4:30 p.m. | Executive Boardroom

Break & Networking
2:40 – 3:00 p.m. | Foyer – Triangle

QUICK HITS: Students Around Town: Giving the Next Generation a Path to Local Government Careers
3:00 – 3:10 p.m.

The City of Chandler and Chandler-Gilbert Community College recently entered into a unique partnership to place up to 15 community college students into paid internships with City of Chandler departments every semester. In this collaborative partnership, a shared Student Services Internship Coordinator works to place students into internships that provide real-world, hands-on experiential learning opportunities. Students get to test drive future careers in local government, while the City has an opportunity to tap into an incredible talent pool within the community and recruit students into permanent City jobs.


Rae Lynn Nielsen, Human Resources Director, City of Chandler

Ethical Communication in Challenging Times
3:10 – 3:55 p.m. | Grand Ballroom

Ethical Communication is communicating in a way that’s open, honest, respectful and clear. And while those principles are what we aspire to as leaders in local government, how do we combat outside dark forces that are clearly working against us? When citizens take to social media, chat rooms and online blogs or when certain media outlets paint “government” as the enemy of the people, our efforts to communicate, educate and engage are often thwarted. This presentation by two seasoned government communicators and former past presidents of 3CMA (City County Communications & Marketing Association) will discuss the pitfalls of dealing with fake news, conspiracies, so-called First Amendment Auditors and online trolls, and help you navigate getting your message across in challenging times.


Pier Simeri, Marketing & Public Relations Director, City of Avondale
Marnie Schubert, Director of Community Services, Town of Queen Creek 

City Manager Ted Talk: Elevating and lifting your team while growing with your staff, council, and community.
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. | Grand Ballroom

Apache Junction City Manager Bryant Powell shares 22 years of city management in the same community, growing into the manager.


Bryant Powell, City Manager, City of Apache Junction

Evening Reception
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Bill’s Grill


Friday, July 14

Continental Breakfast
7:30 – 8:20 a.m. | Foyer – East & West

QUICK HITS: Innovations in Water
8:00 – 8:10 a.m. | Grand Ballroom

Artificial Intelligence: Real Opportunities and Risks
8:10 – 8:55 a.m. | Grand Ballroom

The future of AI is here! It’s important to understand the risks associated but also the opportunity for huge advancements as we continue to unleash the possibilities with one of the most powerful technologies of our time. Come join us as we barely scratch the surface on next generation technology that will forever shape the world we live in.

Economic Update
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. | Grand Ballroom


Rick Merritt,President, Elliott D. Pollack & Company

Legislative Update
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Grand Ballroom


René Guillen, Deputy Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns

Conference Concludes
11:00 a.m.




Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
700 North Resort Drive, Tucson Arizona 85750
Phone: 520-299-2020

The conference rate is $119 plus tax. The special ACMA rate is available for booking through June 19, 2023.
To make your hotel reservation Click here

The hotel block fills up fast! We recommend registering and booking your hotel room as soon as possible.

Please note that you may only book one room per full conference attendee.

The hotel group rate will end June 19. Online registration will close June 30.



Member- $390

Non-member Government Employee – $460

Retired Member– $285

Student – $105

Child Evening – $45

Child Full – $90

Spouse/Guest Evening Only – $80

Spouse/Guest Full– $185

Sponsor – $460


Registration Deadlines

Conference registration closes on June 28, 2023.

Cancellations must be received in writing prior to June 28, 2023, to receive a partial refund.

No refunds will be provided after this date.


Conference Cancellation:

Advance registrants unable to attend the Conference are eligible to receive a partial refund of your registration fee by sending a written request by June 28, 2023. If a written cancellation request is received on or before June 28, 2023, a $30 processing fee will be charged regardless of the reason for cancellation (including medical emergencies).

Registrants who are unable to attend the conference may appoint a substitute. There will be no refunds for any cancellation after June 28, 2023. Cancellations must be emailed to Cancellations will not be accepted by telephone.


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