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ACMA Winter Conference 2013
Save the date (February 6-8, 2013) and plan to come to Sedona for what will be a great meeting being planned by Kari Kent, Gina Ramos Montes and the planning team. Contact Kari Kent, Gina Ramos Montes or Mary Vinzant if you are interested in being a part of this important effort.
ICMA's 98th Annual Conference - Building Community: Rising to Seize the Opportunities Conference conclusion

ICMA Conference a Success!

Thank you to the more than 250 volunteers who offered their time and efforts to support the ICMA 2012 conference in Phoenix/Maricopa County, October 7-10. The conference was a great success and exceeded ICMA's expectations.

2012 marked the highest attended ICMA conference in four years, surpassing 2011 by more than 300 registrants. In addition, many of our host committee events sold out, including: the social events at the Heard Museum and Corona Ranch; the 5K at Tempe Town Lake; the golf tournament at the TPC Scottsdale; the hiking event at Piestewa Peak; the partner service project at St. Vincent de Paul; and six of the nine planned field demonstrations. Read more
Nominations Being Accepted for 2013 ACMA Executive Board
In 2013, there will be three full member seats and one associate member seat open on the ACMA Board. Please review the following information carefully.

Nominating Committee
Per the ACMA by-laws, a Nominating Committee has been selected to recommend a slate of ACMA Executive Board members for consideration by the membership at the annual business meeting. The 2012 Nominating Committee is comprised of John Kross, Queen Creek; Bob Flatley, Coolidge; Gilbert Davidson, Marana; and Kathleen McAlpine, Phoenix. Read more
Award Nominations for 2013 Now Available!
Nominations for the following awards are now being accepted; please point your browsers toward the links below for more information:

John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award
Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award
Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership
ACMA Life Membership

Award Nominations are due November 26, 2012.
Credentialed Managers
By: City of Peoria Manager Carl Swenson

A member of my staff asked me recently how I thought city management as a profession had changed over the years. It was a great question, and it caused me to reflect on my 30 years in local government.

I answered that many things have not changed a great deal through the years. For example, tight budgets, difficult personnel issues, and divided councils are as much an issue now as they were then (and probably will be 30 years from now). I mentioned a couple of areas in which I do not believe we have made enough progress, such as increasing diversity and educating the public about the benefits of the council-manager form. Finally, I noted some positive developments, including our focus on performance measurement and the creation of the voluntary credentialing program. Read more
Career Compass No 27. Creating a Safe Environment for a Courageous Conversation
By Dr. Frank Benest
29 September 2012

I am a hard-working and newly promoted project manager in the Public Works Department of a mid-sized city. Things are pretty dreary in the organization-we've experienced budget cuts even lay-offs and everybody feels overwhelmed. Like others, I am dealing with quite a number of projects.

I would like to enroll in a well-regarded certificate program for project management but of course our Director has gutted the training budget in the department. I'm afraid that my manager would not be sympathetic to my request that she find the training dollars and the time off. However, I think the certificate program would strengthen my project management skills and energize me.

I do not have much of a relationship yet with my manager and she seems a bit gruff. How do I create a safe environment so I can propose the certificate program without being thrown out of her office? Read more
ACMA Members on the Move
Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This 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 Amy Price at 602-258-5786 or email:
ACMA Board of Directors
John Kross
Town Manager
Town of Queen Creek

Gilbert Davidson
Immediate Past President
Town Manager
Town of Marana

Kari Kent
Deputy City Manager
City of Mesa

Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria

Rachel Bremen
Associate Representative
Senior Management Assistant
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
Robert Flatley
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Kevin Burke
City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Michael Ortega
County Administrator
Cochise County

Jim Thompson
City Manager
City of Casa Grande

Kathleen McAlpine
Associate Representative
Guest Experience Manager
Phoenix Convention Center

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