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Tuesday, August 22

8:00 a.m.Golf Tournament - Conquistador Course +

The shotgun format will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22. The registration fee includes green fees, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch and prizes.


Event Cost: $90


Registration for this event is separate from the main conference registration.

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9:00 a.m. Education Pre-Conference Session +

Session: Arizona's Education Progress Meter and Statewide Attainment Goal

This is a special session hosted by the Center for the Future of Arizona

Description: The Center for the Future of Arizona and Expect More Arizona will share insights about Arizona's Education Progress Meter and provide a progress report on the commitment by cities and towns to adopt the state's attainment goal—Achieve60AZ. The session will include a keynote speaker and panel discussion about the critical role city and town leaders have in driving awareness, ownership and support in their communities for the long-term steps needed for college entry and completion, adult education and training, and identifying and closing skills gaps to better prepare our workforce and state for the future.

Presiders:
Sybil Francis, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Center for the Future of Arizona
Erin Hart, Chief Operating Officer, Expect More Arizona

Event Cost: Free


Registration for this event is separate from the main conference. To register for the education pre-conference session sponsored by Center for the Future of Arizona, click on the link below:

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1:30 p.m. Resolutions Committee +

Each city and town is urged to participate in the development of the League's Municipal Policy Statement. Mayor Christian Price of Maricopa will serve as chairman of this year's Resolutions Committee.

1:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Session +

From Conflict to Conversation: Practical Skills for Better Public Dialogue.

Must disagreement be disagreeable? The answer is no – but achieving a productive and trustful exchange requires careful planning plus some in-the-heat-of-the-moment skills. From high-profile public sessions to small stakeholder groups, this session offers pragmatic lessons for designing and conducting meetings and other public-involvement processes that activate listening and spark collaborative problem solving. This session will also showcase examples of creative listening and inclusive engagement practices from communities around the State of Arizona.

Main Presenters:
Matt Lehrman, Principal Partner, Social Prosperity Partners
Dick Bowers, Retired City Manager, City of Scottsdale
Lance Decker, Managing Partner, Institute for Community Involvement, LLC

Guest Panelists:
Diane Arthur, Communications and Marketing Director, City of Surprise
Dave Bigos, Mayor and Council Assistant, City of Chandler
Chris M. Jacques, AICP, Planning Director, City of Peoria
Roy W. Minter, Jr., Chief of Police, Peoria Police Department
Christina Plante, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, City of Goodyear
Jeffrey Robbins, Management Associate II, City of Mesa
Emily Scherrer, Library Manager, Sierra Vista Public Library
Marnie Schubert, Communications, Marketing & Recreation Director, Town of Queen Creek

Event Cost: $40


Please Note: Registration for this event is separate from the main conference.

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4:00 p.m. Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool (AMRRP) Annual Meeting +

All AMRRP members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting.

5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception +

The League welcomes all conference delegates and guests to the opening reception.


6:30 p.m. APS Dinner at the League Conference +

Important note:

This dinner is open to all government (city/town, county, state and association) conference attendees and is included as part of your conference registration.

Wednesday, August 23

8:00 a.m.Youth Program +

Youth delegates from your city or town are invited to join us at the 12th Annual League Youth Program to be held during the conference, Wednesday, August 23. Attendees will participate in their own sessions and activities, and will also have the opportunity to interact with local elected officials.

Highlights of the one-day program will include team-building exercises, networking, and information sharing opportunities for the youth councils. Sessions will address youth leadership and how to become active and engaged members of the community.

Youth commissions and youth advisory boards from across the state are invited to participate.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a $65 registration fee for each student and chaperone attending the Youth Program.

To view the agenda and registration information, click here.

If you have any questions about the Youth Program at the League Conference, please contact us at league@azleague.org or (602) 258-5786 for more information.


9:00 a.m.Opening General Session +

  • Parade of Flags
  • Host Mayor's Welcome
  • Sponsorship Recognition
  • President's Report
  • Keynote Presenter:


    Lowell Catlett, Ph.D.

    Seeing Around the Corner: The Mega Trends Shaping Tomorrow's Communities
    As computer capacity and speed approach infinity, every element of society is changed—urban communities become more rural and rural more urban as the work force blurs between blue and white collar and the Age of the Artisans dominates humankind. World affluence, cyber connected consumers, droids and 3-D printing alters education, entertainment, healthcare, policing and transit. The 21st Century will be the first in 60 centuries of human history where humans begin to reach their full potential and cities and towns will be at the heart of the revolution.


12:00 p.m. Lunch is on Your Own
1:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions (subject to change) +

  • Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Financing
  • Forming Partnerships for Rural Economic Development
  • Inspiring Intentional Inclusion: The Women Leading Government Movement Has Begun. What Elected Officials Need to Know, Why They Should Care, and How They Can Take Action.
  • Public Records in the Social Media Age: What do You Need to Know as an Elected Official
  • Autonomous Vehicles: The Changing Economic Landscape and How Arizona Cities Can Be at the Fore of New Economic Trends

3:20 p.m.Concurrent Sessions (subject to change) +

  • City and Town Youth Councils: The Steps Needed to Create and Maintain a Successful Youth Program in Your Municipality
  • Update on Important Legislative Issues from Past Sessions: Where Are They Now and How Are They Currently Impacting Your City and Town
  • The Basics of Analyzing Your City/Town Budget: What Elected Officials Need to Know and Knowing the Right Questions to Ask Your Staff
  • Tourism and Economic Development: An Important Economic Driver for Urban and Rural Communities in Arizona
  • Sustainable Communities Network: A Collaboration to Increase Business Attraction, Cost Savings and Public Benefit in Arizona Cities and Towns

6:30 p.m.Dinner and Entertainment

Thursday, August 24

8:00 a.m.Spouse/Guest Mobile Tour - Experience Arts & Culture in Oro Valley +

Oro Valley's arts & culture scene continues to thrive under the leadership of Mayor Satish I. Hiremath, 2017 recipient of the National Award for Local Arts Leadership in Washington, D.C. Catch a glimpse of the town's most popular public art pieces on your way to the Oro Valley Community Center for a gallery walk-through with the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, followed by some advice from Mayor Hiremath on how to strengthen arts and culture in your community. Participants will enjoy a fun, hands-on art activity with the Town's Arts Ambassadors, followed by lunch at world-famous Tohono Chul Park.

Event Cost: $40

Cost includes breakfast at the El Conquistador, transportation and lunch at Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

Please Note: Registration for this event is separate from the main conference.

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8:15 a.m.Concurrent Sessions (subject to change) +

  • Update from Our Endorsed Partners: Programs That Can Save Your City or Town Money
  • City of Maricopa: 100% Paperless Process and How Your City Can Implement this System
  • Fundamentals of Local Government: Ethics and Council Ethical Codes
  • Update from League on 2017 Legislative Session

10:00 a.m.Concurrent Sessions (subject to change) +

  • Building and Maintaining Effective Mayor, Council and Manager Relationships
  • Reading the Tea Leaves: Pundits Discuss the Current Political Climate and Next Year's Legislative Session
  • Smart Cities: What They Are And How Your Community Can Be A Smart City/Town
  • Who Does the City/Town Attorney Represent and How Can I Effectively Utilize my City/Town Attorney?
  • Preparing the Workforce for the Future: Are we Ready?

12:00 p.m.Award Luncheon +

  • Legislative Appreciation Awards
  • League Service Awards

2:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions (subject to change) +

  • What Challenges Small Communities Face in Arizona
  • Great Ideas That Work: Creative, and Unique Programs and Solutions Currently Utilized by Cities and Towns

2:30 p.m.Affiliate Group Meetings +

  • Arizona City Attorneys Association
  • Arizona COG Directors
  • ARI-SON Mega Region Council Meeting
  • Greater Arizona Mayor's Association

4:00 p.m. Annual Business Meeting
6:00 p.m.Showcase of Cities and Towns +

The 2017 Showcase of Cities and Towns will be held on Thursday, August 24. There will be food and drinks. Booths will be 10' by 10'.



A 28-year tradition, the Showcase is truly a unique and special event - one of a kind in the nation.

Please Note: All conference attendees are welcome. If your city or town would like to host a booth at this event there is separate registration from the main conference.

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Friday, August 25

8:00 a.m.Speed Networking Breakfast for Municipal Officials +

Enjoy a full breakfast and share and discuss ideas, challenges, solutions and best practices that you are facing in your community with other municipal officials in an informal and relaxed setting.


9:30 a.m. Closing General Session
11:00 a.m. Conference Adjourns

Youth Program: Wednesday, August 23

Highlights of the one-day program will include team-building exercises, networking, and information sharing opportunities for the youth councils. Sessions will address youth leadership and how to become active and engaged members of the community.

Youth commissions and youth advisory boards from across the state are invited to participate.

To view the agenda and registration information -To view the agenda and registration information click here.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a $65 registration fee for each student and chaperone attending the Youth Program.

If you have any questions about the youth program at the League Conference, please contact the League at league@azleague.org or (602) 258-5786 for more information.


Spouse/Guest Mobile Tour: Thursday, August 24

Experience Arts & Culture in Oro Valley

Oro Valley's arts & culture scene continues to thrive under the leadership of Mayor Satish I. Hiremath, 2017 recipient of the National Award for Local Arts Leadership in Washington, D.C. Catch a glimpse of the town's most popular public art pieces on your way to the Oro Valley Community Center for a gallery walk-through with the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, followed by some advice from Mayor Hiremath on how to strengthen arts and culture in your community. Participants will enjoy a fun, hands-on art activity with the Town's Arts Ambassadors, followed by lunch at world-famous Tohono Chul Park.

Event Cost: $40

Cost includes breakfast at the El Conquistador, transportation and lunch at Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

Please Note: Registration for this event is separate from the main conference.

Register