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ACMA President's Message
By Josh Wright, ACMA President

Thank you to the ACMA membership for the opportunity to serve as your president in 2015-2016. There is much work ahead to make this year successful, but I am humbled by your trust in me and our outstanding board of directors to lead the organization into the future.

I am also honored to be following in the footsteps of our immediate past president, Kari Kent, deputy city manager in Mesa. Kari took the ACMA reins in a time with many opportunities and challenges for our association. She did a fantastic job facilitating the diversity of new ideas we've explored in the past year and I am grateful to have her participation on the board for another year. Read more
ACMA to Offer Two Scholarships to Harvard Program - Applications due February 27!
Arizona City/County Management Association will offer two full scholarships this year to ACMA members for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. This intensive, interactive program is designed to help participants learn innovative ways of managing the real-world challenges and crises of government. Participants will develop new conceptual frameworks to address policy issues, explore the interrelationship between citizens and government, examine the ethical and professional responsibilities of leadership, and exchange ideas with faculty and participants from diverse backgrounds. Read more
ACMA Summer Conference Planning Committee
Thank you to Karen Daines and the entire Winter Conference Planning Committee for a great winter conference!

If you have not already filled out the winter conference evaluation, please take a few minutes to do so.

It's now time to start planning for the ACMA Summer Conference, which will be held at Dove Mountain, July 22-24, 2015.

The first planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the League Offices. If you are interested in participating in the planning committee for this conference, please contact Amy Price at by Monday, March 2.
ACMA Honors Gilbert Davidson with 2015 DeBolske Award
The John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award was created in 1997 to recognize City/County Managers who demonstrate the highest level of professional excellence in local government and who have made life contributions in serving the profession. This award is the highest honor that ACMA may bestow upon a member. The namesake of the award, Jack DeBolske, was the Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for 40 years.

This year, ACMA recognizes Gilbert Davidson, town manager for the Town of Marana. Read more
ACMA Honors Bryant Powell with 2015 Connolly Award
This year's Catherine F. Connolly award was presented to Bryant Powell, Assistant City Manager for the City of Apache Junction. The Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding City/County Manager Award recognizes an outstanding assistant city or county manager who has demonstrated exemplary service to their organization, the community, local government and ACMA. The namesake of the award, Catherine F. Connolly, was the executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for eight years and served more than 20 years as the deputy director. Read more
ACMA Honors Dawn Buckland with 2015 Assistant's Award
Town of Gilbert Management and Budget Director Dawn Buckland was awarded with the Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership by the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA).

Buckland has spent her career serving Arizona's cities and towns, contributing to the cities of Peoria and Chandler prior to going to the town of Gilbert. Throughout her career, she has encouraged employees to participate in activities that will prepare them for future leadership positions. Read more
ACMA Honors Evelyn Casuga with Honorary Membership
The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) awarded an honorary membership to Evelyn Casuga at the annual conference on Thursday evening.

Casuga recently retired from the Arizona Public Service Corporation after nearly 25 years with the company, serving as the general manager of community affairs. During her time with the organization, Casuga led APS in becoming the first corporate sponsor of the Harvard Senior Executives in Leadership scholarship program, enabling Arizona managers the opportunity to attend this prestigious training program at Harvard University. Read more
ACMA Honors Esser and Andrews Scholarship Recipients
The Charles A. Esser Scholarship is a $2,000 award given to a student who is already working full-time for a local government. The 2015 Esser Scholarship was awarded to James MacAdam. James is currently a policy and planning specialist in the Tucson city manager's office, and is enrolled in the MPA program at the University of Arizona.

The second ACMA scholarship honors Marvin Andrews, a former Phoenix City Manager and ACMA Life Member. This award is for a traditional full-time student who exhibits a strong interest in pursuing a career in local government. ACMA provides matching funds to a city or town with a population of less than 50,000 or a county under 200,000, in order to host the Andrews Scholar as an intern. This year, five proposals were submitted to host the Andrews intern. Thank you to Casa Grande, Marana, Sedona, Wickenburg and Navajo County for their interest and participation. The 2015 Andrews Scholar is Christopher Saunders. Chris is a first-year MPA student at the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management.
ASU Annual Public Finance Conference
Join us to discuss one of the key challenges in contemporary governance: financial capacity in the public sector. This interactive forum provides a rare opportunity to network with practitioners and public officials from across the country and take away tools that you can implement in your community. Read more
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If You Host It, We Will Come: A Recap of ACMA and Alliance for Innovation's Next Gen Conference
The continued success of professional local government management in the face of growing challenges to the public sector depends on future managers who possess both the technical competencies required to deliver municipal services and the leadership skills needed to navigate the complexities of community building. In an increasingly interconnected world, addressing pressing challenges like social and economic inequality, deteriorating infrastructure, and rapid environmental change cannot occur in isolation. Public administrators must collaborate not only with their own staff and elected officials, but also across jurisdiction boundaries and with citizens, business leaders, and academics. Read more
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What Government Can Learn from the Culture of Apple
An article from Patrick Ibarra

It's not about simply delivering services more efficiently. It's about passion, surprise and invisible opportunities.

Apple has been in existence for less than 40 years, yet it is the world's most valuable company and brand, with a market capitalization north of $700 billion and over $160 billon in the bank. Beyond its financial strength and market dominance, Apple's internal culture and its approach to its business have become the gold standard for a number of industries. So how can a public-sector organization become "the Apple of government?" 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
Evelyn Racette, Town Manager, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside

Associate Members
Robert Nilles, Finance Director, City of El Mirage
Heath Vescovi-Chiordi, Management Assistant, Town of Marana

Student Members
Jillian Childress, MPA Student, Arizona State University
Alison Richardson, MPA Student, Arizona State University
Joe Rodriguez, MPA Student, Arizona State University
Lauren Twigg, MPA Student, Arizona State University
ACMA Board of Directors
Josh Wright
Town Manager
Town of Wickenburg

Shane Dille
City Manager
City of Nogales

Yvonne Kimball
Town Manager
Town of Dewey-Humboldt

Robert Pickels
County Administrator
Yuma County

Brent Stockwell
Associate Representative
Strategic Initiatives Director
City of Scottsdale

Mike Hutchinson
ACMA/ICMA Senior Advisor
Retired City Manager
City of Mesa
Karolyn Kent
Immediate Past President
Deputy City Manager
City of Mesa

Brian Dalke
City Manager
City of Goodyear

Mike Ortega
County Administrator
Cochise County

Nicole Lance
Associate Representative
Deputy City Manager of Gov't & Community Partnerships
City of Surprise

Lloyd Harrell
ACMA/ICMA Senior Advisor
Retired City Manager
City of Chandler

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