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Conference Features! The ACMA Winter Conference will be held at the Hilton Sedona. We hope that conference attendees will find value and knowledge in the sessions put together by the Conference Planning Committee. Some of the conference features will include an economist from Ameriprise Financial, an Arizona System Management session from the State of Arizona's new Chief of Operations, and our inspiring keynote speaker Julie Lancaster. We also hope you take the opportunity to introduce yourself to someone that you do not know or sign up to have breakfast with an ACMA mentor.

We look forward to seeing you all in Sedona!

Registration Opens

8:00 a.m.

Recreational Activity

8:30 a.m. Meet in the Hotel Lobby

Last year's group hike was a big success so we have scheduled another hiking adventure, this year on the Bell Rock Loop trail in Sedona. It is a beautiful 4 - 4.5 mile loop trail. Super pretty as you make your way around Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, with really awesome places for group photos and to just explore. Excellent views of Cathedral Rock as well. This easy to moderate hike has some rock stair stepping and is rated a level 2.5-3.0 hike. We estimate the hike to take about 3 hours. We plan on meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the lobby of the Hilton and carpooling to the trail head. Dress appropriately and don't forget to bring some water. No fee is required, but registration is (we don't want anyone getting left on the trail). To obtain a registration form, please email Tim Pickering at Tim@InterimPublicManagement.com for more details and to receive confirmation of your registration.

Lunch on Your Own

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Engagement Through the Arts

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 2

Tony Hunter, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Marana
Gülgün Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis, MN
Kate Marquez, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Association
Amy McBride, Arts Administrator, City of Tacoma, WA (via Skype)

Tried and true methods of engaging communities are in a state of flux with technological and societal changes. So how can city management professionals continue to engage their populations in a changing world? Perhaps a solution lies not only in high-tech futures, but in our ancient traditions. Art has been used to beautify our cities and towns and to define our local cultures, but some local governments and community organizations are beginning to use art as a means to engage the people in these communities. Come learn how art can help us better collaborate, innovate, and serve our citizens in new and exciting ways.

Placemaking: Transforming Communities, One Place at a Time

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 2

Danielle Casey, Economic Development Director, City of Scottsdale
Kate Borders, President/Executive Director, Downtown Tempe Authority
Allison Larsen, CEcd, Prinicpal, TadZo
Vince Lorefice, Town Manager, Town of Wickenburg
Robert Smith, City Manager, City of Bisbee

What the heck is placemaking and why should you care? Well, that's why you should come to this session! Placemaking utilizes your community's unique vibe and personality along with your local resources to transform a community space into a livelier, more livable, more engaging place. Learn what you as management professionals need to know from experts in the economic development industry and through local success stories. This isn't just another boring panel discussion!

Afternoon Break - Sponsored by UMB Bank

3:10 – 3:25 p.m. in Canyon Prefunction

Navigating the Most Daunting Topics at Work: Technology and Change

3:25 - 4:50 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 5, 11

Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager, Coconino County & 2017 President, ACMA
Julie Lancaster, Leadership Trainer & Coach, Lancaster Consulting

It's Monday morning, and a bold new change initiative lands on your desk. Change is an ever-present topic in organizations. And one thing we can count on is that every individual will have an opinion about it. Especially when the change involves technology. Imagine this in your workplace: "Who wants change?" All hands go up. "Who wants to change?!" And no hands go up. "Who wants to lead the change?" And everyone runs from the room. This scenario rings true to most organizations. During this engaging presentation, Julie Lancaster, founder and president of Lancaster Consulting, will guide you through the messy and sweat-inducing process of managing technological change.
You will:

  • Understand the most common reasons people object to change
  • Become keenly aware of your own response to new technology and your impact on others
  • Gain savvy skills for understanding the stages of change
  • Receive a checklist for the successful management of change
  • Learn the fortitude to be the expert, even when you aren't
  • Create a plan to lead the charge through change

Be ready to learn how every leader can help organizations and individuals thrive through change by embracing two integral things.

Sponsor & Welcome Reception – Sponsored by Arizona State University School of Public Affairs

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Oak Creek Canyon and Prefunction

ACMA welcomes members to join us for an opening reception to thank our sponsors. The ongoing success of ACMA is dependent on several factors, but possibly none as important as the continued financial support of our corporate partners.

The ongoing success of ACMA is dependent on the continued financial support of our corporate partners. Please take a moment to thank our sponsors and attend this reception! Click here to view a full list of sponsors.


Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:50 a.m. in Canyon Prefunction and Patio

Things You Need to Know From ACMA Sponsors

8:00 - 8:50 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

Stephen Erno, Neighborhood Services Manager, City of Chandler
Mike Bell, CEO, Envisio Solutions
Sam Dreiman, Strategic Development, LimeBike
Patrick Grumbles, Government Marketing Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management
Fred Kriess, Director, Client Services, Inframark
Tim Warren, Senior Account Executive, Enterprise Fleet Management

ACMA welcomes attendees to join us for brief presentations from our sponsors. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with ACMA sponsors and learn about the ideas and innovations occurring in a variety of industries. In this session speakers will give a five-minute presentation on issues affecting cities, towns and counties.

The ongoing success of ACMA is dependent on the continued financial support of our corporate partners. Please take a moment to thank our sponsors and attend this session! Click here to view a full list of sponsors.

Economic and Market Outlook

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 12

Teri Bankhead, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Sahuarita
Russell Price, CFA, Senior Economist, Ameriprise Financial

This session will provide an update on the national economy and some perspective into Arizona-related economic topics.

Update on Small Cell Legislation

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 8

Bryant Powell, City Manager, City of Apache Junction

Jenae Naumann, Assistant City Attorney, City of Tempe

Cities and towns are currently grappling with implementation of this new statute that affects deployment of small cell equipment in the right of way. This session will review the requirements of the law as well as discuss efforts to write compliant ordinances and develop uniform policies.

Lunch and Annual Business Meeting - Sponsored by HPACT

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Tequa Ballroom

Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager, Coconino County & 2017 President, ACMA
Karen Daly, ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Director
Shane Dille, Deputy City Manager, City of Flagstaff & 2018 President, ACMA
Mike Hutchinson, Life Member
George Pettit, Life Member, ACMA
Marvin Andrews Fellows, Arizona State University

All attendees are welcome to attend the annual business meeting in the Tequa Ballroom.

Technology Hacks

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 2, 9, 11

Nijah Fudge, West Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation
Caleb Blaschke, Assistant to the City Manager/Intergovernmental Liaison, Flagstaff
Kris Estes, IT Director, Coconino County
Michael Holmes, MIS Director, Yavapai County
Tony Hunter, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town of Marana
Lisa Shafer, Community Development & Neighborhood Services Director, Town of Marana
Tracy Stevens, Development and Engineering Services Director, City of Avondale

Learn about the latest technology innovations AZ local government leaders are using! Innovations include: Paperless Council Packets, GIS systems for enhancing Civic Engagement, the latest Apps for Construction and Animal services and more! Join us as presenters use rapid fire style presentations that are fast-paced, entertaining, and interactive. Each jurisdiction will have seven minutes to make their presentations on the latest technology their organization is using to improve effectiveness and efficiency!

Senior Advisor Meetings

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Oak Creek Canyon

ACMA Senior Advisors Mike Letcher and Pat McDermott will be available at the conference to meet one-on-one with ACMA members. This is also an opportunity for early career professionals to seek mentoring. If you are interested in meeting with the ACMA Senior Advisors please contact them to set-up a time.

Mike Letcher
520-891-1953 or bridgegroupllc@gmail.com

Pat McDermott
480-540-0274 or patm524@yahoo.com

Afternoon Break – Sponsored by Inframark

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. in Canyon Prefunction

Take this break as an opportunity to introduce yourself to someone that you do not know!

Arizona Management System

2:50 - 3:30 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 8

Kari Kent, Assistant City Manager, City of Mesa
Gilbert Davidson, Chief of Operations, State of Arizona
Ben Henderson, Deputy Chief of Operations, State of Arizona

How are organizations reinventing themselves to be more efficient? This session will explore the AZ Management System. Governor Ducey is exploring how to apply these lean principles to government in order to increase efficiencies and cut waste. Understanding that our constituents are all unique, how can we strive toward more efficiency and efficacy with resources and time within our own municipalities?

Cybersecurity Roadmap for 2018 and What We Can Do

3:40 - 4:30 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

Dawn Prince, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Peoria
Lester Godsey, Chief Information Security Officer, City of Mesa
Ihaab Dais, Information Security Architect, City of Mesa

Do you think because you're a smaller agency you're less at risk? According to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, 61% of breaches hit smaller businesses last year, up from 53% the year before. Regardless of size, all of us need to be vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity.

Cloud computing, fileless malware and mandatory cyber training are just some of the items that should be on your roadmap for 2018. Additionally we'll share recommendations of what your city/county, regardless of size and staffing, can do to prevent, protect and remediate cyber threats and attacks.

Board Meeting

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. in Oak Creek Canyon


6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Canyon Patio

Recognition Banquet & Awards Ceremony

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Canyon Ballroom

Join ACMA to celebrate and honor the 2018 award recipients at the annual recognition banquet and awards ceremony. The ACMA President will recognize the winners for the following: Andrews/Esser Student Scholarships, Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership, Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award, John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award and Life Membership. The dinner is included with full registration. Additional tickets may be purchased.


Breakfast with a Mentor

7:15 - 8:00 a.m. in Canyon Prefunction and Patio

During this session, will also reserve tables for the "Breakfast with a Mentor" where you will have some one-on-one time to talk with a local government executive. You may wish to explore career options, have a sounding board for your own experience and ideas, or ask for guidance. Take advantage of this limited opportunity!

If you are an associate member interested in attending or a full member interested in volunteering your time, please sign up on the conference registration page. Advance RSVP is required!

What Works Cities

8:00 - 8:50 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Areas: 9, 10, 11

Jacob Ellis, Deputy Town Manager, Town of Gilbert
Evan Allred, Data Governance Administrator, Office of Management and Budget, City of Mesa
Rosa Inchausti, Director of the Office of Strategic Management and Diversity, City of Tempe
Derek Konofalski, Data and Technology Analyst, Town of Gilbert
Jean Moreno, Executive Officer for Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, City of Glendale
Brent Stockwell, Assistant City Manager, City of Scottsdale

Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. Panelists from Gilbert, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa will discuss their unique approaches to developing open data portals, engaging stakeholders and lessons learned for a successful launch.


9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 8

Erika Philpot, Human Resources Director, Coconino County
Nick Ponder, Pension Policy Analyst, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Mike Townsend, Deputy County Manager, Coconino County & 2017 President, ACMA

This panel discussion will cover the following topics: PSPRS reform update, employer recommended practices, local boards and disability impacts, and legal issues.

Legislative Update and Forecasting

10:10 - 11:15 a.m. in Canyon Ballroom

ICMA Practice Area: 8

Tom Belshe, Deputy Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Ken Strobeck, Executive Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Craig Sullivan, Executive Director, County Supervisors Association

This panel will provide an update for members on a variety of timely legislative issues. Representatives from the League of Arizona Cities & Towns and County Supervisors Association will provide an overview of the 2018 legislative session, and explain the challenges and opportunities we currently face.

Conference Concludes

11:15 a.m