ACMA Management Academy

Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) Management Academy is a state wide program offered by ACMA that provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of local government management to prepare future leaders for City/County/Town management.

This 10-month long program is designed for aspiring Deputy City Managers/Assistant City Managers/City Managers to help build the leadership development pipeline. Participants will meet in-person once monthly on the third Friday of the month from January through December 2024. Participation is mandatory.  

2024 ACMA Management Academy: Dates & Topics

Day One – January 19, 2024: Council Manager Form of Government

  • History and Philosophy of Council Management Form of Government
  • The Role of the City/County Manager
  • Types of Government (City, County, Town, Small, Big, Rural)
  • Factors for Success in a Political Environment

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Day Two – February 16, 2024: Leadership and City Management

  • Leadership 101
  • Leadership Management
  • Emotional Intelligence

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Day Three – March 15, 2024: Managing Your Relationships

  • Council Relationships
  • Community Relationships
  • You’re Not a Director Anymore – Managing and Supporting Your Directors and Direct Reports
  • Speed of Trust

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Day Four – April 19, 2024: Rules of Engagement

  • Relationship to City/Town Attorney/Clerk
  • Charter/Rules of Council Proceedings/Open Meeting Law
  • Executive Session
  • Political Savviness

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Day Five – May 17, 2024: Communications

  • Presenting to Mayor, Council, Boards and Commissions
  • Working with Media and Public Records Requests
  • Social Media Do’s and Don’ts
  • Making Unpopular/Difficult/Tough Decisions

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Day Six – August 16, 2024: Budgeting, Finance and Economic Development

  • Budgeting Finance
  • Bond Programs, Bond Ratings and Rate Setting
  • Economic Development & Planning 101
  • Procurement Pitfalls

Day Seven – September 20, 2024: Workforce Planning

  • Building Leadership Pipeline
  • Building High Performing Teams
  • Labor Relations and Negotiations
  • Managing the Workforce of the Future

Day Eight – October 18, 2024; Work Life Balance

  • Establishing Boundaries
  • Mental Health: Work Life Balance Strategies
  • Out of Office

Day Nine – Date TBD by Manager & Participant: Shadow Day

  • Shadow a Manager for the Day

Day Ten – December 13, 2024: Closing Session*

  • Ask the Managers Panel
  • Wrap-up/Feedback

* Moved up one week due to holidays.

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