75 Years: Building on the Past, Preparing for the Future
August 28-31, 2012
Hyatt Gainey Ranch
We look forward to seeing you at the League's Annual Conference. It is shaping up to be a great event in Scottsdale. To view the
agenda and variety of concurrent workshops and sessions planned for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference in
Scottsdale, point your browser here.
Please Note: You MUST be registered for the full conference in order to reserve a room at the Scottsdale Hyatt Gainey
Ranch. Only one hotel room per registrant will be allowed. This special conference rate is available through Monday, July
30. To reserve your hotel room,
please proceed to the conference registration page.
*The conference host hotel is currently sold out. To be placed on a waiting list, please call the League at 602-258-5786.
If a room opens up, we will contact you with availability.
Youth delegates from your city or town are invited to join us at the 7th Annual League Youth Program to be held during the
Conference, Wednesday, August 29. Attendees will participate in their own sessions and activities, and will also have the
opportunity to interact with local elected officials.
To learn more about this program and to register,
point your browser here.
Space is limited, so please be sure to register your youth councils before the Monday, August 6th deadline!
The 2012 Showcase of Cities and Towns will be held on Wednesday, August 29 at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch. This is traditionally the most
popular event at the Annual Conference. A 23-year tradition, it is truly a unique and special event - one of a kind in the nation.
Please make sure to register and reserve your spot. We would also like to invite each city and town with a municipal flag to join
in the Opening General Session 13th Annual Parade of Flags.
Point your browser here to register for the Showcase of Cities and Towns and/or Parade of Flags.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference. The League offers four
levels of sponsorship through its annual conference. For more information on the sponsorship levels and benefits available, please
point your browser here.
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Recently, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee passed a Resolution of Support for Arizona's Port of Entry with
Mexico. This resolution, from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), is intended to communicate to federal policymakers the
importance of streamlining commercial traffic across the Arizona border crossing. For more information about the resolution,
point your browser here.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith was elected U.S. Conference of Mayors Vice President this month. The election was held during the
Conference's 80th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Mayor Smith will become the organization's president next year and the first
Arizona mayor to serve as president of the organization. Also taking office was Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as President.
League's 75th Anniversary: A Look at the Past
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns was originally called the "Arizona Municipal League." In 1957, then League President Don
Hummel, mayor of Tucson, led a successful effort to change the organization's name.
Bob Burnside, Mayor of Camp Verde
My name is Bob Burnside and I'm fortunate to be the current mayor of the town of Camp Verde in Yavapai County. Camp Verde town
limits cover 42 square miles, include 18 miles of the Verde River and about 11,000 residents. Some of our residents are members of
the Yavapai Apache Nation and proud owners and operators of Cliff Castle Casino, voted number 1 in Arizona for the 13th year. Fort
Verde State Park is situated in our town center and provides insight into the history of territorial Arizona. Montezuma Castle, a
national monument, takes visitors back to the days of the Sinagua, who were the original farmers along the banks of Beaver Creek
and the Verde, a tradition that continues into the present day.
By Joni Hoffman, League General Counsel
During the 2011 legislative session, S.B. 1318 was enacted that changed how vacancies on a general law city or town council,
including the office of mayor, will be filled. Before the law was passed, a city or town council could fill a vacancy by either
appointing someone to serve until the term expired or appointing someone to serve until the next regularly scheduled city or town
election. S.B. 1318 changed that law to require that the person may only serve until the next regularly scheduled election unless
the vacancy occurs too close to the time that nomination petitions are due for the next regularly scheduled election. The sponsor
of the bill, Senator Gail Griffin (R-Hereford), stated that the reason she sought this change was to promote the election rather
than the appointment of city and town council members. She would rather have individuals in office who were elected by
constituents, especially for longer periods of time.
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Below is a list of training opportunities that may be of interest in the coming months:
July 9-10, 2012
Grant Management Class
July 18-19, 2012
2012 AMCA Municipal Elections Conference
October 3-5, 2012
Growth & Infrastructure Consortium
October 7-10, 2012
International City/County Management Association (ICMA) 98th Annual Conference
December 7, 2012
ULI: The Annual Boards and Commissions Conference
For any training sessions that you have missed or cannot attend in the future, be sure to check our
YouTube channel to stay in the loop.
Of the Arizona cities and towns, only a few are recognized as "bicycle-friendly." Now, Cottonwood has joined that exclusive club at
bronze entry level, the first of four steps of achievement. The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclist has recently awarded Cottonwood City
Council and Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition for the community's commitment to an alternative mode of transportation. Only eight
other Arizona cities and towns have received this award.
Point your browser here to
read the full article in the Verde News.
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