Upcoming Trainings and Events

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

ACMA Winter Conference
February 4-6, 2015
Hilton Sedona
Sedona, AZ

GFOAz Winter Conference
February 18-20, 2015
Prescott Resort
Prescott, AZ

Finding and Writing Competitive Grant Applications
February 20, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
League Office

Arizona State University Annual Public Finance Conference
March 12-13, 2015
ASU College of Public Programs
Phoenix, AZ

Each year, the ASU Public Finance Conference brings together practitioners and public officials to discuss one of the key challenges in contemporary governance: financial capacity in the public sector.

Kent Hiteshew, director of the Office of State and Local Finance at the U.S. Department of Treasury will be the keynote speaker. His office was established in response to requests for assistance from local jurisdictions facing fiscal and financial challenges. He will share observations on the role of the new office as well as new and upcoming federal activities to address local governments' continued rebound from the effects of the recession.

The conference includes two general tracks: the basics and innovative financing.

The basics includes tools for local finance and updates on new developments in the bond markets, including legislative changes. The innovative financing track includes a panel on social impact bonds and a discussion of municipal derivatives. We will also highlight tools from the Smart Cities Council report.

This year, one panel will be devoted to sports and cultural amenities financing with guests including Paul Dolan, CEO of the Cleveland Indians, Jeffrey Patchen, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Children's Museum, Simon Farbrother, recent past president of the International City/County Management Association and city manager of Edmonton, Canada, and Dr. Mark Rosentraub, director of the University of Michigan Center for Sports Management.

As an added bonus, the Cleveland Indians have offered to have those interested join us at their spring training facility on Saturday, March 14 for breakfast and a deep dive into some of the planning and financing developments related to their work in Cleveland. We'll follow up with a baseball game.

Alliance for Innovation: Transforming Local Government Conference
April 12-15, 2015
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Phoenix, AZ

NAU Management Program
If you're a hospitality or tourism executive who would like to expand your management skills with an MBA, Northern Arizona University's The W. A. Franke College of Business has a new program that might be just the right fit.

Earn your MBA while working
The MBA-h program builds on your extensive knowledge of the hospitality/tourism industry and allows you to keep working while you earn your MBA in Applied Management. You'll complete the majority of your coursework online with in-person residencies (which run three to six days) at the start of each term (located in Phoenix or Flagstaff).

A program for hospitality professionals
You'll learn from professors from AACSB-accredited The W. A. Franke College of Business. The core MBA curriculum has been tailored to the hospitality industry, using real-life case studies and examples that will help you think strategically while managing your day-to-day tasks. The professional cohort also provides you with an opportunity to network and learn from others in your field.

For more information: Kelli Westerdahl, MBA-h Senior Program Coordinator, kelli.westerdahl@nau.edu or 928.523.7302.

Arizona Citizen Planner 101
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 comprehensive plans, which many counties are starting to update to meet the 2015 deadline.

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

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.

ASU School of Public Affairs
Graduate Information Sessions Available

Please see below for information from the ASU School of Public Affairs on graduate information sessions that are available.

Evening information sessions are scheduled in time for you to learn about our programs and still have time to apply for summer or fall. Topics covered include admissions, curriculum, and enrollment for our MPA, MPP, and graduate certificate programs. Advisors will be available to answer questions from interested potential students.

Now enrolling! New graduate certificates in participatory governance, policy informatics, public administration and public policy are accepting applications. Certificates consist of only five courses and are a great resume enhancement for current students or previous graduates from any discipline!

Where: University Center Building at the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus.

To save your seat, RSVP at http://spa.asu.edu/rsvp/gradinfo.

ASU Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program
Management & Leadership Institute
ASU Mercado, Phoenix, AZ

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 2014 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.

ASU Certified Public Manager Program
Management & Leadership Institute
ASU Mercado, Phoenix, 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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