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President's Message
Kari Kent
ACMA President
Deputy City Manager, City of Mesa

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) Board and League staff for participating in the annual retreat that was held April 3 and 4, and to Arizona State University for hosting us in the Downtown Phoenix Mercado. The Board consists of knowledgeable and enthusiastic individuals committed to improving the expertise and status of the local government profession in our Arizona cities, towns and counties. Read more
ICMA's 100th Anniversary Conference
This year's ICMA Annual Conference, September 14-17, in Charlotte, North Carolina, combines a cost-effective, high-quality professional development opportunity, networking, and information sharing-now when you need them most-in a city on the move, with a bustling, cosmopolitan vibe and a down-home feel in the heart of the new South. Our conference site provides a unique blend of the urban and urbane yet quiet and quaint. This hot spot of trade, energy, finance and culture hasn't lost a bit of its sassy southern charm. The 100th Annual Conference educational program has been developed to provide attendees with a celebration of our past, a focus on the present, and a preparation for our future. Read more
ACMA Member Profile
Will Wright, Manager, Town of Tusayan

Where are you originally from?
I'm from Memphis, Tennessee by way of Utah, while attending Brigham Young University, which brought me west.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I studied political science with emphasis in policy analysis in my undergraduate studies. A professor helped steer me into public administration where I decided local government would be a good area to apply these studies. However, there are plenty of additional lessons that school can't adequately impart which I've learned along the way and find that I continue to learn on this journey. Read more
2014 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards Call for Nominations
The Center for the Future of Arizona has announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards, a statewide competition created to recognize non-elected public servants who serve as a critical link between citizens and the people elected to represent them. Read more
Deadline Extended! Innovations in American Government Awards
There is still time to apply for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards!

Offered by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation's premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best.

All units of government - federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial - from all policy areas are eligible to apply for recognition. Read more
ICMA International Regional Summit in China
by ACMA Life Member Terry Zerkle

ICMA held its first International Regional Summit in Yangzhou, China, May 11-15. The summit, Eco-Friendly Urbanization, focused on the challenges of sustainable development in a rapidly urbanizing world-challenges facing China, the United States, and many other countries.

The summit was sponsored by the ICMA China Center and the city of Yangzhou. The event was held in conjunction with a meeting of ICMA's International Committee, a group of ICMA members committed to ensuring that the organization maintains an international perspective. Read more
Alliance for Innovation - Innovation Edge: Creating a Healthy Organization to Make Life Better in Las Vegas, NV
by Maggie Plaster, Assistant to the City Manager, Las Vegas, NV

After the recession hit in 2008, Las Vegas, along with the rest of the nation, was hit hard with a serious economic crisis. With a sudden spike in unemployment, businesses were tanking, and banks were barely surviving. In the past five years however, among most other local governments, Las Vegas found the silver lining in the clouds, and the recovery period has proven to be a much-needed time for reorganization. Las Vegas City Manager Elizabeth (Betsy) Fretwell enlisted the services of The Table Group, a consulting firm. Through the help of the firm, the city management team was able to completely redesign the way their city was run, and has so far given them a much more positive outlook. Read more
Credentialing: Validating Your Professionalism, Opening the Floodgates to More Development
By Cynthia Seelhammer

Many professions require licensing or some kind of credentialing. Think about the state boards or tests which doctors, CPAs or lawyers are required to have. Those same professionals are required to participate in continuing education to keep their credentials.

ICMA offers a voluntary process to do the same for the local government manager. The process is one more way to prove we are "leaders at the core of better communities." Credentialing is test-based and a self-assessment tool to help identify your strengths as a manager, and where you might benefit from additional education. Not only does this tool help focus on individual training needs, it can also provide an easy way to decide which areas of training to focus on for the year through a user-friendly online tracker. Read more
ACMA Board Member Brian Dalke Honored for Economic Development
ACMA Board Member and Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke was presented with the prestigious Arizona Association for Economic Developers William Lampkin Long Term Excellence in Economic Development Award during the organization's spring conference in Tucson.

"His innovative thinking and leadership have developed new processes that have made it easier for those companies to conduct business with the city, and also expand within our community," said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, who was among the city leaders to nominate him. Read more
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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 Samantha Womer at 602-258-5786 or email:
New Members
Full Member
Harvey Krauss, City Manager, City of Eloy
ACMA Board of Directors
Karolyn Kent
Deputy City Manager
City of Mesa

Josh Wright
Town Manager
Town of Wickenburg

Brian Dalke
City Manager
City of Goodyear

Mike Ortega
County Administrator
Cochise County

Kristen Krey
Associate Representative
City Council Administrator
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
Immediate Past President
City Manager
City of Coolidge

Kevin Burke
City Manager
City of Flagstaff

Shane Dille
City Manager
City of Nogales

Carl Swenson
City Manager
City of Peoria

Brent Stockwell
Associate Representative
Strategic Initiatives Director
City of Scottsdale

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