Upcoming Trainings and Events

Below is a list of training opportunities that may be of interest in the coming months:

The Arizona Citizen Planner 101
Please see website for dates
University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension

The University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce the launching of a new online course related to land use planning. The Arizona Citizen Planner 101™ (AzCP 101) is a 10-hour online course designed for Planning Commissioners and Elected Officials throughout the state. Enrollees will learn the importance and role of their county or city's planning commission as well as about their respective planning processes. The course is self-paced and accessible at any time with an Internet connection. Planning jurisdictions around the state will find this course invaluable in bringing new planning commissioners and elected officials up to speed on the state's planning statutes, their jurisdiction's planning authorities, the role of public participation in developing plans and a host of other useful topics. It is also a great refresher course for public officials who may want to hone their decision-making skills.

The enrollment fee is $99. A certificate is available upon completion of all units.

This course was adapted for Arizona municipal and county planning officials by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in partnership with Michigan State University's American Citizen Planner Institute and the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association.

To connect to the course website, point your browser here. From here, you can access a free preview of the course or enroll.

If you have any questions about the course, contact Mark Apel, UA Cooperative Extension, email: mapel@cals.arizona.edu or telephone: 520-458-8278, ext. 2181.

Ramsey Executive Education Program
Management & Leadership Institute
Please see website for dates
ASU Mercado, Phoenix

Strategic organizational and personal growth opportunities, leadership development, skills enhancement, and a forum to exchange innovative ideas and best practices with other public sector professionals await you. The 2012/2013 Management and Leadership Institute offers six days (one per month) of information-driven and highly interactive sessions designed to identify and develop strategies to resolve problems, address challenges you face every day and make the most of new opportunities. Click here to visit the Bob Ramsey Executive Education website to learn more about the sessions and to register.

Growth & Infrastructure Consortium
October 3-5, 2012
Georgian Terrace Hotel, Atlanta, GA

GIC is hosting its 2012 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the conference is "Doing So Much with So Little: Funding Local Government Facilities and Services." Their focus is how to pay for the infrastructure needed to serve growth. Many communities are finding it increasingly challenging in a time of declining general revenues to pay for the additional operating and maintenance costs associated with new facilities. So this year they are expanding their scope. They are interested in new developments in both traditional and innovative techniques to fund both the capital and operating costs associated with accommodating growth. To view the conference program and register, click here.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) 98th Annual Conference
October 7-10, 2012
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix

ICMA is holding their 98th Annual Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center. The conference will have four days of packed information- interactive educational sessions with other local government professionals and the opportunity to discover and share the real-life practices and actionable solutions local government managers can bring back to their entire team! More than 3,000 local government managers and staff are expected to attend the conference.

Click here to view the preliminary program.

Arizona's Digital Connections Summit 2012: Strategy To Action
November 13, 2012
Mesa Convention Center, Mesa

Gone are the days of smoke signals and the viability of dial-up Internet connections. Like water, roads and electric, high capacity digital Broadband connections to the Internet have become critical infrastructure for the 21st century. Why is broadband important and why should I attend the Summit?

Imagine traveling to Phoenix from Bisbee or Flagstaff or Yuma in a horse and buggy on a one lane dirt road, rather than zooming down the freeway in your car at 75-80 miles an hour. Internet connections are like that, too. Many places in rural Arizona, however, do not have those fast and affordable broadband connections that support economic development and community services.

At Arizona's Digital Connections Summit you will:

  • Collaborate with your fellow leaders and stakeholders to explore how we can enable rural communities to expedite deployment of the critical broadband services
  • Explore best practices to enable rural communities to use next generation Broadband to support 21st Century education and workforce development, create jobs and support economic and community development, enhance public safety as well as health care and government services, and connect their citizens to the world.
The Summit is presented by the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC) along with the Digital Arizona Program (DAP), and the Digital Arizona Council (DAC) under the auspices of the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET) Office, within the Arizona Department of Administration.

At the Summit you will experience Plenary Sessions and Keynote Speakers, Best Practices Workshops, a Technology Expo, Networking Opportunities, and After Hours Reception and Expo. We expect to see government leaders and stakeholders representing economic development, education, government, health services, public safety, libraries, telecom and technology companies attend the Summit.

RSVP today at www.azdigitalfuture.org or contact us at 520-321-1309 or aticarizona@gmail.com to help Arizona's rural communities compete in the Digital Age!!

National League of Cities, Congress of Cities and Exposition
November 28 - December 1, 2012
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

The conference will offer a range of learning and networking opportunities to city officials including mobile tours highlighting successful programs from the city of Boston, along with the traditional keynote speakers, workshops and peer networking sessions. Click here to visit the National League of Cities website to learn more about the conference topics, exhibiting, and to register.

ULI: The Annual Boards and Commissions Conference
December 7, 2012
Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix

This one-day event for new and seasoned elected and appointed officials and staff from Arizona cities, towns and counties will hone decision-making, nuts and bolts, and leadership skills relating to the roles and responsibilities of planning commissions and boards of adjustment. Expert speakers will discuss current trends, case studies, and facilitate an interactive dialogue in both plenary and break-out sessions. Stay tuned for further information and registration details at www.arizona.uli.org. This educational opportunity is being brought to you by the Community Plan collaborative partnership: the Urban Land Institute, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, County Supervisors Association, Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association, Arizona Association for Economic Development, Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Arizona Department of Housing, working together to create capacity building resources for Arizona.

League of Arizona Cities and Towns
1820 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ  85007
Phone: 602-258-5786
Fax: 602-253-3874

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