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Tuesday, August 21

8:00 a.m.Golf Tournament – Camelback Golf Club, Ambiente Course +

The golf tournament will be held at the Camelback Golf Club, Ambiente Course. The shotgun format will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21. The registration fee includes a shuttle from the Phoenician, green fees, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch and prizes.


Event Cost: $105


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

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

Education Pre-Conference Session: Arizona Education Progress Meter and Statewide Attainment Goal

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

Description: Experts will share data and insights about the Arizona Education Progress Meter, the state’s shared vision for education, and how cities and towns are elevating education in order to build a robust talent pipeline.

The session will include a keynote speaker and panel discussion about the ways city and town leaders are using the Education Progress Meter. Attendees will hear directly from local leaders across Arizona who are successfully using Education Progress Meter data to inform their efforts to advance education in their communities. These success stories will provide an insider’s look into effective strategies for driving community action to address the need for improvements to better prepare our workforce and state for the future.

Presiders:
Amanda Burke, Senior Director, Education and Workforce Innovation, Center for the Future of Arizona
Christine Thompson, President and CEO, 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 John Giles of Mesa will serve as chairman of this year's Resolutions Committee.

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

Opportunities Abound: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Residents and Co-Workers

It happens to us all: whether we are the mayor, councilmember, manager, or a front line municipal employee, we must contend with unhappy residents who express their frustration by aiming their complaints at us and our co-workers. Serving as an elected official or working in a city or town often means you have to skillfully manage angry, frustrated, and rude behavior from residents. This interactive workshop will provide proactive techniques for win-win solutions when confronted with the challenging behavior of residents and co-workers alike.

During this interactive workshop you will learn:
  • How to recognize different types of difficult personalities and behaviors
  • Understand why people behave the way they do
  • Strategies for effectively dealing with challenging behaviors
Karen Stafford, Manager, Organizational Development and Learning, Arizona Regional Office, Employers Council

Established in 1939, Employers Council provides professional services to over 4,000 companies, nonprofit organizations and governments, helping them develop and maintain effective, successful organizations.

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.

4:30 p.m. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum +

This Forum will give selected major gubernatorial candidates an opportunity to present a 5-8 minute speech outlining the key elements of their campaign. After the Forum attendees will be able to network with candidates at the Welcome Reception.

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 22

8:00 a.m.Youth Program +

Youth delegates from your city or town are invited to join us at the 13th Annual League Youth Program to be held during the conference, Wednesday, August 22. 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: Bruce Vincent


    With Vision, There Is Hope: How Local Government Can Lead the Way
    Co-author of 'Against the Odds: A Path Forward for Rural America' Bruce presents a powerful firsthand account of life in rural America that offers a broad, probing look at the environmental tensions surrounding the collapse of many of our rural resource communities. He provides a new vision of environmentalism and a rural lifestyle based upon hope instead of fear, science instead of emotion, education instead of litigation, resolution instead of conflict and employing rather than destroying our human resources. This new vision can and should be created at the local level of government where the day to day decisions and impacts are actually felt.


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

  • Maximizing Local Airports: The Economic Impact of Aviation to Arizona’s Communities
  • Opioid Crisis: How Cities and Towns are Combating the Opioid Problem in their Communities
  • Update from Our Endorsed Partners: Programs That Can Save Your City or Town Money
  • Branding and Marketing our Local Communities: Creating a Sense of Locality and Identity
  • Transportation Issues at the State and Local Level

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

  • Arizona’s Universities: How Cities and Towns can Utilize this Important Resource
  • Update from the League on the 2018 Legislative Session
  • Preparing for Census 2020 – What your City or Town Should Know
  • Top 10 Questions Attorneys Grapple With When Guiding Their Councils
  • Transitioning to a Digital Government

6:30 p.m.Dinner and Entertainment

Thursday, August 23

8:00 a.m.Spouse/Guest Mobile Tour - Tour of Musical Instrument Museum +

As one of Phoenix’s top rated attractions, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is truly a unique destination. Not only is it the world’s only global musical instrument museum, but Phoenix was specifically selected as the city in which MIM was built. The architecture and landscape blends into the desert environment, while guests can visit the world in MIM’s Geographic Galleries. Exhibits focus on musical heritage, cultures, and instruments from 200 countries. See videos and hear music in different genres from iconic performers including country, jazz, pop, classical, and more. The guided tour will provide an overview of the world’s instruments and music, including well-known musicians. You will have time to explore the galleries after the tour. End the journey in the Experience Gallery where you make some music of your own on instruments from around the world.

Event Cost: $45

Cost includes breakfast at the Phoenician and Tour of the Musical Instrument Museum. The bus will return before the general luncheon at the Phoenician.

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) +

  • Short Term Rentals: Trends, Impacts and Opportunities
  • A New Paradigm for Economic Development in the 21st Century
  • State Preemption, Local Autonomy and the Ghost of Judge Dillon: What’s a Local Government to Do?

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 Upcoming Election and Next Year's Legislative Session
  • Local Issues before the US Supreme Court
  • Cities and Towns Open For Business: What Are the Most Important Factors when Companies Decide to Locate in Your City or Town?

12:00 p.m.Award Luncheon +

  • Legislative Appreciation Awards
  • League Service Awards

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

  • Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police Offers New Accreditation to Arizona Police Departments

2:30 p.m.Affiliate Group Meetings +

  • Arizona City Attorneys Association
  • Arizona COG Directors
  • Greater Arizona Mayor's Association

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

The 2018 Showcase of Cities and Towns will be held on Thursday, August 23. There will be food and drinks. Booths will be 10' by 10'.


A 29-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 24

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 +

10 Essential Skills for Public Engagement

Matt Lehrman, Social Prosperity Partners

This energizing session is dedicated to teaching specific skills and actionable strategies that enable elected officials and municipal staff at every level to better engage the public - from small stakeholder groups to high-profile community conversations. Discover new approaches to facilitating respectful conversations among people with diverse perspectives, de-escalating tensions, inspiring collaborative thinking, and sparking dialogue that actually opens up new options and opportunities.

Matt Lehrman is passionate about helping people in towns, cities and other communities address their most profound, sensitive and complex issues in ways that strengthen feelings of inclusion, togetherness and trust. He is the Principal of Social Prosperity Partners, an Arizona-based firm dedicated to designing and facilitating processes for visioning, strategic planning, community conversations, impasse management, and consensus building.

11:00 a.m. Conference Adjourns

Youth Program: Wednesday, August 22

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 -To view the agenda and registration information click here.

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 23

Tour of Musical Instrument Museum

As one of Phoenix’s top rated attractions, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is truly a unique destination. Not only is it the world’s only global musical instrument museum, but Phoenix was specifically selected as the city in which MIM was built. The architecture and landscape blends into the desert environment, while guests can visit the world in MIM’s Geographic Galleries. Exhibits focus on musical heritage, cultures, and instruments from 200 countries. See videos and hear music in different genres from iconic performers including country, jazz, pop, classical, and more. The guided tour will provide an overview of the world’s instruments and music, including well-known musicians. You will have time to explore the galleries after the tour. End the journey in the Experience Gallery where you make some music of your own on instruments from around the world.

Event Cost: $45

Cost includes breakfast at the Phoenician and Tour of the Musical Instrument Museum. The bus will return before the general luncheon at the Phoenician.

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

Register