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
Save the Date
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
2008 ACMA Summer Conference
The Summer Conference Planning Committee chaired by James Jayne, County Manager, Navajo County, met for the first time in April to begin planning the conference. This year's conference offers a wide range of topics and sessions to choose from.

The conference will begin on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00 AM with the ACMA Golf Tournament. Lunch will be offered to all registrants at the Flying V restaurant from 12 noon-1:30pm. Read more
Motivational Quote
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
September Field Demo - ASU Decision Theater
The ACMA field Demo for fall will be held at the ASU Decision Theater. The Decision Theater offers organizations a unique and innovative way to approach decision making. Municipalities have used the technology that the theater offers to help in development of everything from zoning, to parks, to growth plans. More information on the demo will be available soon! For more information on the ASU Decision Theater, click here.
Focus on Leadership
By Kim McKinnon, PhD

Author's note: This is the first in a six-part series focusing on some of the latest things we know about effective leadership - recent research, best practices and a specific approach leaders can use to improve their own effectiveness.

A trip to the library or the local bookstore quickly confirms that "leadership" continues to be a very popular topic. Row after row of books - old and new - remind us that leadership must be important because authors have been writing about it - not just for decades - but for centuries! Management guru Tom Peters has written about the value of leadership by suggesting that it is becoming "the most important element in organizations - the attribute which is greatest in demand yet shortest in supply." Read more
Bullies OR Employee Engagement and Improved Performance: Your Choice
By: Jean R. McFarland, Ph.D., and Bonnie F. Mattick, M.A. Ed., MBA

As the only technologist for a medical researcher from England, I (McFarland in a former career) had the dubious honor of sharing a lab in a beautiful, new medical research facility with Dr. Cox. He was in his late 30's, tall and lanky with naturally curly, light red hair and somewhat resembled Vincent van Gogh before the ear came off. Read more
Member Profile: Matt Busby
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Apache Junction

Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Tucson.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
Growing up I always had a desire to be involved in the community. Also, various classes and assignments I had during my graduate work increased my interest in public finance and local government. I worked for 2 1/2 years at the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and came to the City of Apache Junction last year because I wanted to be more involved at the local level. Read more
ACMA Members on the Move
PJ Jasso - City of Phoenix, International Business Development

In November, 2007 City Manager Frank Fairbanks asked PJ to head up a new effort for the City of Phoenix coordinating the City of Phoenix's international business efforts. She took the reins in December and is now leading the effort to develop an international business strategy working with four departments within the City -- Aviation, Community and Economic Development, Phoenix Sister Cities and the Convention Center. In addition, she is developing relationships with external international partners including Consular Offices, Department of Commerce, Arizona Office of Tourism, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Canamex and the various Chambers of Commerce. Read more
New members
David Ellison, Assistant City Manager, Scottsdale
John Fischbach, City Manager, Goodyear
Robert Pickels Jr., County Administrator, Yuma County

Debbi Al-Houssni, Management Analyst, Sahuarita
Jesse Eller, Director, Yavapai County Long Term Care
Paul Magallanez, Economic Development Director, Tolleson
Jean Moreno, Assistant to the City Manager, Glendale

Russell Newberg, U of A
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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