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Agenda: Wednesday

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Golf Tournament
8 AM | Ventana Canyon Club & Lodge

Ventana Canyon Club & Lodge
6200 N. Club House Lane, Tucson, Arizona 85750

This tournament is geared toward relaxation, fellowship and fun for all. With an 8 a.m. shotgun start, the tournament’s scramble format allows inexperienced golfers to join the fun as you will be paired with experienced golfers on a four-person team. Green fees, practice balls and cart are $94 for 18 holes with a $10 bag handling fee, and participants pay at the course on the day of the tournament. Rental clubs are $75, and the driving range will be open before the round. The course is located on-property just a shuttle ride from the conference hotel. It is recommended that players arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. Prizes for first and second places, along with individual prizes, will be awarded at the bar following play. To sign up for the golf tournament please contact Tim Pickering at Tim@IPMaz.com or 480-577-0949 no later than July 5, 2024.

Registration Opens
10 AM | Grand Ballroom Foyer

Lunch featuring Lunch with a Mentor
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM | Catalina Ballroom

This is a special opportunity for a young professional to talk one-on-one with an experienced local government executive for those who would like to sign up to participate.

Teaching Civics Classes to Your Residents
12:30 - 1:30 PM | Grand Ballroom

Darren Coldwell, City Manager, Page

Alexis Apodaca, Mayor & Council Public Affairs Manager, Chandler
Tim Suan, Deputy City Manager, Wickenburg

Concurrent Sessions: Retirement Planning and Career Development
1:40 - 2:30 PM | Grand Ballroom Foyer

  • (Mid to End of Career) Negotiating Manager Contracts: Strategies for Success | Catalina Ballroom

    Crafting an employment contract that satisfies the community, governing body, and the manager can be tricky. This panel discussion will focus on effective negotiation strategies, key clauses to consider, and how to navigate potential challenges. In addition, attendees will learn about the process of ASRS separation of service and return-to-work.

    Stephen Erno, Town Manager, Wickenburg

    Stephen Pauken, City Manager, Bisbee
    Kevin Phelps, City Manager, Glendale
    Becky Tomaszewski, Client Manager, Educational Services LLC

  • (Early to Mid-Career) ASRS and Options to Think About to Secure a Solid Retirement | Grand Ballroom

Break & Network with Sponsors
2:30 - 2:45 PM | Grand Ballroom Foyer

Strategies to Deal with Budget Shortfalls & Expenditure Limitations (Home Rule and Permanent Base Adjustment)
2:45 - 3:45 PM | Grand Ballroom

Budget and financing plays a critical part in all our roles. This important element comes with challenges in communicating with residents/voters on what is needed to keep government moving. Two topics at each end of the spectrum, budget shortfalls and expenditure limitations; these are the realities that many of us are currently facing. This session will tackle these complex topics and provide some insight on how they are being addressed.

Lee Grafstrom, Tax Policy Analyst, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Rosa Inchausti, City Manager, Tempe
Dan Olsen, Deputy Finance Director, Queen Creek
Travis Pruitt, Assistant City Manager, Bullhead City
Tim Thomure, Deputy City Manager, Tucson

ACMA Board Meeting
4 - 5 PM | Executive Boardroom

Sponsor Facilitated Q&A with ACMA Board
5:10 - 5:45 PM | Coronado

Welcome Reception
5:45 - 7 PM | Grand Ballroom Foyer


Agenda: Thursday

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Continental Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 AM | Grand Ballroom Foyer

Corner Discussions
8 - 10 AM

  • Associate Members Corner | Grand Ballroom

    Allows all Associate Members – from those serving in leadership roles as directors to those starting out in city, town and county management – to discuss issues related to their careers in public service or their position in an informal setting.

    Mike Letcher, ICMA Senior Advisor

  • Assistant/Deputy Managers Corner | Catalina Ballroom, Salon J

    Allows city, town and county assistant and deputy managers to discuss issues related to their position in an informal setting.

    Susan Thorpe, ICMA Senior Advisor

  • Managers Corner | Catalina Ballroom, Salon L

    Allows city, town and county managers to discuss issues related to their position in an informal setting.

    Ian McGaughey, County Administrator, Yuma County

Corner Updates
10 - 10:20 AM | Grand Ballroom

Break & Network with Sponsors
10:20 - 10:40 AM | Grand Ballroom Foyer

(KEYNOTE) Leadership and Accountability When It Matters
10:40 - 11:50 AM | Grand Ballroom

Commander Kirk Lippold was the Commanding Officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen, on October 12, 2000. During his command, he and his crew distinguished themselves by saving the American war ship from sinking. This event is widely recognized as one of the most brazen acts of terrorism by al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001. At a time when everything we’ve come to know is being reshaped by international events and political dynamics, Commander Lippold reveals how to lead teams and manage challenges successfully in the face of financial, national security, and global uncertainties. A compelling storyteller, Commander Lippold draws upon his Pillars of Leadership to offer strategies he learned and applied to instill integrity into his team members and mitigate crises throughout his naval career. His lessons learned can make the difference when it matters most.

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)

Gabe Zimmerman Awards Luncheon
12 - 1:30 PM | Kiva Ballroom

Manager TED Talk with Jan Lesher
1:40 - 2:40 PM | Grand Ballroom

Jan Lesher, County Administrator, Pima County

Senior Advisor Meetings
1:45 - 4:30 PM | Rincon

Break & Networking
2:40 - 3 PM | Grand Ballroom Foyer

Ethical Dilemmas: What Would You Do?
3 - 3:45 PM | Grand Ballroom

Managers often face ethical dilemmas in their role and must utilize the ICMA Code of Ethics as the framework to assist them in making an informed decision when faced with a difficult situation. However, most ethical dilemmas do not fit neatly in a box. This session will provide an opportunity to evaluate various scenarios and engage in an interactive best practices discussion.

Stephen Erno, Town Manager, Wickenburg
Tim Pickering, President & CEO, Interim Public Management

Break & Networking
3:45 - 4 PM | Grand Ballroom Foyer

Demystifying Mental Health in the Workplace
4 - 4:45 PM | Grand Ballroom

Andrea explores ways individuals and employers can go beyond stress management tools to engage local government employees internally and communities externally. Awareness topics include the differences of wellness versus well-being, Mental Health First Aid programs, statistics and trends on mental health, highlighting lived experiences, mental health in government/policy context, plus tips and tricks (like wellness/well-being plans emergency safety plans). Andrea starts conversations on how to make these vital mental health topics personally and professionally relevant.

Listening Session with ICMA
5 – 6 PM | Grand Ballroom

This is a special opportunity for Members to hear from ICMA representatives during an interactive listening session.

Ian McGaughey, County Administrator, Yuma County

Wayne Parker, Mountain Plains Regional Director, ICMA
Pam Davis, Regional Vice President, ICMA

Evening Reception
5:30 – 7 PM | Bill’s Grill


Agenda: Friday

Friday, July 12, 2024

Continental Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 AM | Grand Ballroom Foyer

Equitable Procurement Practices: Advancing Prosperity and Driving Economic Impact
8:10 - 8:55 AM | Grand Ballroom

Dr. Velma Trayham President and CEO, Black Chamber of Arizona

Economic Update
9 - 9:50 AM | Grand Ballroom

The Arizona economy kicked off the new year in solid shape. The labor market has normalized somewhat, with quit and hire rates back to pre-pandemic levels and steady job gains. Even so, the state unemployment rate is near historic lows. Phoenix inflation has moderated and is below the national rate. Real income growth has accelerated but retail plus remote sales have lost momentum. The housing market remains stressed, with rising home prices and elevated mortgage interest rates taking a toll on housing affordability. Where are the global, national, state, and local economies headed next? Will restrictive monetary policy succeed in bringing inflation down without causing a recession? How will consumers react to slowing growth? Will housing affordability continue to plummet? How much will manufacturing jobs rise? Find out at this key session!

Stephen Erno, Town Manager, Wickenburg

George Hammond, Director & Research Professor, Eller College of Management, Economic and Business Research Center, University of Arizona

Legislative Update
10 – 11 AM | Grand Ballroom

This session will provide an update for Members on a variety of timely legislative issues. Representatives from the League of Arizona Cities & Towns as well as the County Supervisors Association will provide an overview of the 2024 legislative session and explain the challenges and opportunities currently facing Arizona cities, towns and counties going forward.

Jacob Emnett, Legislative Liaison, County Supervisors Association of Arizona
René Guillen, Deputy Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns

Conference Concludes
11 AM



Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 North Resort Drive, Tucson Arizona 85750
Phone: 520-299-2020

The conference rate is $129 plus tax. The special ACMA rate is available for booking before June 17, 2024. To make your hotel reservation Click here

The hotel block fills up fast! We recommend registering and booking your hotel room as soon as possible.

Please note that you may only book one room per full conference attendee.

The hotel group rate will end June 17. Online registration will close June 28.


Member- $395

Non-member Government Employee – $465

Retired Member– $285

Student – $110

Child Evening – $45

Child Full – $90

Spouse/Guest Evening Only – $85

Spouse/Guest Full– $190

Sponsor – $465

Registration Deadlines

Conference registration closes on June 28, 2024.

Cancellations must be received in writing prior to June 28, 2024, to receive a partial refund.

No refunds will be provided after this date.

Conference Cancellation

Advance registrants unable to attend the conference are eligible to receive a partial refund of your registration fee by sending a written request by June 28, 2024. If a written cancellation request is received on or before June 28, 2024, a $30 processing fee will be charged regardless of the reason for cancellation (including medical emergencies).

Registrants who are unable to attend the conference may appoint a substitute. There will be no refunds for any cancellation after June 28, 2024. Cancellations must be emailed to info@azmanagement.org. Cancellations will not be accepted by telephone.