President's Message
One of the responsibilities of the Association President is to participate in regional discussions with our fellow associations in the Mountain Plains Region. The topic of interest and concern to the national association was engaging young professionals to become a part of the activities of ICMA and the profession. Read more

Two Members Awarded Harvard Scholarships
This year's ACMA Harvard Scholarship Committee selected James Jayne, County Manager, Navajo County and Patrice Kraus, Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator for the City of Chandler to receive the 2008 ACMA Harvard Scholarship. Read more
Save the Date
June 4-6
The Alliance for Innovation
2008 Transforming Local Government Conference
Carolina First Center
Greenville, South Carolina

June 20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Webinar: Successfully Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone
(or "Change is Killing Me...Help!")

July 23-25
2008 ACMA Summer Conference
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Tucson, Arizona

August 19-22
League of Arizona Cities & Towns Annual Conference
Camelback Inn
Paradise Valley, Arizona

September 21-24
ICMA Annual Conference
Richmond, Virginia
Motivational Quote
"You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership." --Dwight D. Eisenhower
ACMA and ICMA Partner to Offer Scholarship to ICMA Conference in Richmond, Virginia
ACMA and ICMA have partnered to offer two scholarships to the 94th Annual ICMA Conference in Richmond, Virginia, September 21st-24th. The scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary conference registration from ICMA and ACMA will reimburse 75% of the recipient's travel expenses up to $1,000. Read more

Upcoming ACMA Webinar: Successfully Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone (or "Change is Killing Me...Help!")
Chris Hunsicker from Hunsicker Training and Development, will be presenting ACMA's next webinar on June 20th from 10AM-12PM. The webinar is called "Successfully Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone (or "Change is Killing Me...Help!")."

Chris was a speaker at the Winter 2008 Conference and received excellent reviews for his session. Please come join ACMA for Chris's webinar in June, it is sure to be an excellent training. More information coming soon!
ACMA to Unveil Redesigned Website
ACMA will be unveiling a redesigned and updated website in the next few months. The new website will be completely redone and will feature a password protected section for members to access an online ACMA directory and e-newsletters.

Part of the new website will feature photographs of City and Town Halls and County Buildings. If you have a picture that you think should be included, please send it to staff at Please put "website picture" in the subject line of your email.
2008 Andrews Scholarship Winner Chooses Internship City
Joseph Jarvis, the 2008 Marvin Andrews Scholarship winner, has chosen to complete his summer internship in the City of Winslow. ACMA provides $3000 in matching funds to a city or town with a population of less than 50,000 or a county under 100,000 in order to host the Andrews Scholar as an intern. Congratulations to Joseph and the City of Winslow.

If your city, town or county is interested in hosting the Andrews intern in 2009, please contact ACMA.
Take the Leap: Overcoming Uncertainty with the Principles of Persuasion
Published: March 12, 2008 in Knowledge@W.P. Carey

The news about the economy is bad, and keeps getting worse.

The U.S. Labor Department says employers slashed 63,000 jobs in February -- the worst losses in five years. The dollar has hit an all-time low against the Japanese Yen and is nearing an all-time low against the Euro, too. Gas prices have soared to $3.20 a gallon, the mortgage and credit crises are deepening, and even with inflation now a legitimate concern, the Fed seems poised to cut interest rates yet again in hopes of propping up an economy that many believe is entering a recession. Read more
What Everybody Ought to Know About How to Build Better Teams
By Bonnie F. Mattick, M.A. Ed., MBA

When it comes to conventional wisdom, we know that teamwork impacts the bottom line. Your office leadership may tell you they want to apply team principles to the workplace, but they fail to make the commitment to follow through. Read more
Member Profile: Marnie Schubert
Division Manager, Communications & Marketing
Town of Queen Creek

Where are you originally from?
Although I was born in Florida, my father was in the U.S. Navy, which meant I grew up moving every year or so to different states and countries. I've lived on both the East and West coasts of the U.S., as well as in Great Britain and Germany. I moved to Arizona about four months ago from Central Florida where "it's not the heat, it's the humidity!"

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Local government is exciting because it affects every member of a community. Residents can speak their opinions and make a direct impact on the decisions of community leaders. Although that level of accessibility can sometimes be challenging, it's also what makes local government so important. I enjoy working in an environment where I can be a positive influence on a community. Read more
ACMA Members on the Move
Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This new section of the newsletter recognizes members who have recently been promoted or have changed organizations. If you would like your name to be featured in this section of the newsletter, please contact Liisa Laikko at 602-258-5786 or email:
New Members
Douglas Bartosh, City Manager, City of Cottonwood
Charles Meyer, City Manager, City of Tempe

Lauren Cochran, Management Assistant, Town of Buckeye
Ryan Peters, Intergovernmental Programs Coordinator, City of Glendale
Eugene Sanders, Administrative Services Director, City of Sierra Vista

Eric Meyer, Student, Carnegie Mellon University
ACMA Board
George Pettit, President
Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

Pam Kavanaugh, President-Elect
Assistant City Manager
City of Glendale

Gayle Mabery, Immediate Past President
Town Manager
Town of Clarkdale

Gilbert Davidson, Director
Deputy Town Manager
Town of Marana

James Jayne, Director
County Manager
Navajo County

Huey Long, Director
City Manager
City of Safford

Cynthia Seelhammer, Director
Deputy City Manager
City of Phoenix
Jim Thompson, Director
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Andrea Costello, Director
Associate Representative
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Sedona

Rachel Hut, Director
Associate Representative
Management Assistant II
City of Glendale

Lloyd Harrell, ACMA/ICMA Range Rider
Retired City Manager
City of Chandler

Mike Hutchinson, ACMA/ICMA Range Rider
Retired City Manager
City of Mesa

Tom Belshe, Secretary/Treasurer
Deputy Director
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Arizona City/County Management Association
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