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Board Member Article: University Partnerships
By Gilbert Davidson, Town Manager, Marana, ACMA President-Elect

Cities and towns across the state have faced a number of recessionary challenges over the past several years. Most communities have confronted fiscal realities by reducing expenditures and modifying services and programs provided to the general populous. The identification of core services and programs has become a pressing priority. Read more
ACMA and ICMA Partner to Offer Scholarship to ICMA Conference in San Jose, California
ACMA and ICMA have partnered to offer two scholarships to the 96th Annual ICMA Conference in San Jose, California, October 17-20. 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
Career Compass No. 10: Personal Learning-The Key to Adapting and Advancing
Career Compass Columns are reprinted with the permission of Dr. Frank Benest

In this installment of Career Compass, Dr. Benest discusses how to integrate professional development and maintain work-life balance.
  • I am a mid-level parks and recreation supervisor. I do a good job and receive positive evaluations. However, I often hear from the city manager or speakers at professional meetings that I need to involve myself in continuous learning if I am going to enhance my value to my local government organization and be able to advance. Well, I have already earned my MPA but I am tired of going to school and want a life outside of work. Yet I do want to advance. What do I do?
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Ethics Feature: Testimonials, References, and Endorsements
Reprinted with permission from the October 2008 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, located in Washington, D.C.

It's the first lesson of Marketing 101: you build market share through references, referrals, and reliable service. Vendors who deliver services and projects for local governments need to leverage their efforts to reach the marketplace. They thrive by promoting their services and sharing success stories. 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:
ACMA Board of Directors
James Jayne
County Manager
Navajo County

George Pettit
Immediate Past President
Former Town Manager
Town of Gilbert

Robert Flatley
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria

Rachel Hut
Associate Representative
Management Assistant II
City of Glendale

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

Tom Belshe
Deputy Director
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Gilbert Davidson
Town Manager
Town of Marana

Julie Ayers
County Administrator
Yavapai County

John Kross
Town Manager
Town of Queen Creek

Jim Thompson
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Joshua Wright
Associate Representative
Assistant to the Manager
Town of Marana

Mike Hutchinson
ACMA/ICMA Range Rider
Retired City Manager
City of Mesa
Arizona City/County Management Association
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