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Tuesday, August 30
Location: TopGolf Glendale
This year’s League golf event will take place at Topgolf Glendale, the premier entertainment destination in Glendale, AZ. Topgolf is a game that anyone can play and enjoy, even if you’re getting more hole-in-nones than hole-in-ones!
The League attendees will have the full top floor with indoor food and beverage and climate-controlled hitting bays for comfort.
Each bay has up to six golfers per bay and each bay will compete for prizes.
To view a video of Topgolf in Glendale, click here.
Building The Arizona We Want: Location: Solana F
Arizonans across the vast expanse of our state—in our cities, towns, and rural communities— overwhelmingly agree on priorities and actions to drive the state forward, providing the basis for a shared vision of success for The Arizona We Want.
Join the Center for the Future of Arizona for an informative and interactive program where you will:
Hear brand new data and insights about what Arizonans believe is important for the future and what they want elected leaders to address.
Discover how Arizona leaders and communities are successfully using survey data to inform policy, practice, and investments to ensure action that supports what Arizonans want.
Learn how to use new tools to inform ongoing, data-driven action to support your community’s goals.
The report has given a voice to Arizonans and the basis for an agenda for the future. Together we can continue to build The Arizona We Want.
Location: Solana A-D
Each city and town is urged to participate in the development of the League's Municipal Policy Statement. Mayor Douglas Nicholls, Vice President of the League and Mayor of Yuma will serve as Chairman of this year's Resolutions Committee.
Mayors of our cities and towns understand the critical importance of adequately funding our transportation system. Our communities have seen the benefits of smart transportation investments - from growing populations to economic development investments and increased tourism throughout our state. The future of transportation funding in Arizona is at risk, and there are implications for all cities and towns as needs continue to rise and resources shrink. Join leaders in transportation funding and planning to hear about the realities municipalities face in 2022 and beyond.
Location: Aurora A
All AMRRP members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting.
The League welcomes all conference delegates and guests to the opening reception.
Location: Solana E-I
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 31
Location: Check in at League Registration Desk
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.
If you have any questions about the youth program at the League Conference, please contact the League at email@example.com or (602) 258-5786 for more information.
Location: Check-in with your flag at the League Registration Desk
If you wish to bring your flag on Tuesday, you may place it in the foyer outside of the Solana Ballroom. You can ask the League staff at registration.
Flag bearers will need to attend a short morning "practice" the day of the parade in the Solana Ballroom. Please bring your flag, pole, and stand at the time of the practice.
7:00 a.m. – Check-in with your flag at the League Registration Desk
A light continental breakfast will be available to flag bearers in the Solana Ballroom.
7:30 a.m. – Practice Begins
Location: Solana Ballroom
Invocation: Glendale Fire Chaplin
Presentation of the colors: Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard
Parade of Flags/Celebration of Cities and Towns
Host Mayor Welcome: Jerry Weiers, Mayor, Glendale
Update from the National League of Cities: David Sander, Ph.D.
Second Vice President, National League of Cities, Councilmember, Rancho Cordova, CA
Keynote Presenter: John Register
How to Hurdle Adversity: Embrace the New Normal Mindset
This inspirational keynote will focus on identifying the fears which constrict our growth mindset and will provide a pathway to a new normal mindset to win life's medals, because post Covid, there is no going back to “normal.”
Attendees will learn and experience the journey of John Register, who was a world-class athlete and Army combat veteran. Register's life changed with one wrong step during a pre-Olympic hurdle training event where he dislocated his left leg. Seven days later his leg was amputated.
Instead of giving up, he developed “the new normal mindset” and proceeded to make two Paralympic teams and win the Long Jump silver medal in Sydney, Australia just 7 years post his amputation. Following his athletic career, Register has inspired millions to live more courageously and commit to the new normal mindset so they too can run over the hurdles in their lives.
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Overview
1:30 p.m. – Solana A
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, represents a major infusion of federal dollars into federal, state, and local infrastructure projects. Join us for an overview of the major programs funded by IIJA and an update on activity at the state level to support and coordinate efforts to seek out these funds.
Panelists: Carolyn Berndt, Legislative Director for Sustainability, National League of Cities Kevin Biesty, Advisor, State of Arizona IIJA Task Force Ken Dirks, GPS Infrastructure and Transportation Pillar Lead, Ernst & Young Ed Zuercher, Retired City Manager, Phoenix
Arizona is so HOT right now: The Housing Lessons in Our Communities
1:30 p.m. – Solana B
More than a decade ago, Arizona's economy was built on housing. Today, we have a diversified, more stable economy, but a housing crisis that has housing prices and rents skyrocketing, a population priced out of the market, and a shortage of inventory. Let the expert panel share with you insights on solutions, set some realistic expectations, and give you tools to work with your staff and citizens.
Panelists: Danny Court, Partner and Senior Economist, Elliot D. Pollack & Co. Sean Bowie, Senator, Arizona State Senate Spencer Kamps, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona Corey Woods, Mayor, Tempe
911 Mental Health Calls: How Law Enforcement and Crisis Care Professionals Can Partner Together
1:30 p.m. – Cira A
Did you know that Arizona has one of the best crisis systems in the country? Is your community fully engaged in the solutions? Receive an overview of the crisis care system in Arizona and how the traditional response to 911 mental health calls is changing.
Panelists: Councilmember David Luna, Councilmember, Mesa Andrew Erwin, COO, Solari Stan Wilbur, Police Lieutenant, Mesa Amanda Freeman, Performance Advisor I, Mesa Wendy Philpot, Director of Crisis and Trauma Healing Services at La Frontera Arizona, Empact Suicide Prevention Center
It's a Dry Heat: How Extreme Heat is Impacting Arizona Communities
1:30 p.m. – Cira B
Extreme heat is part of our annual life in Arizona. Are we doing all we can to mitigate the effects of extreme heat? Providing resources for those most impacted? Collaborating and partnering with the right stakeholders to prevent negative consequences?
Panelists: Melissa Guardaro, Assistant Research Professor, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability David Hondula, Director in the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, City of Phoenix Reverend Katie Sexton-Wood, Executive Director, Arizona Faith Network
IIJA Track: Wildfire
2:45 p.m. – Solana A
It seems like every year wildfire season becomes longer and more severe. The impact of these natural disasters on our state and our communities is incredible. This session will discuss funding available from the federal government to assist local governments in updating and implementing their wildfire prevention plans and discuss efforts currently underway to improve Arizona’s wildfire resiliency.
Panelists: Al Gameros, Mayor, Globe Nick Matiella, Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Mark KellyAaron Casem, Firefighter, State Forrester's Office Tiffani Burleson, Director of Operations, Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool
Housing: Homelessness Issues in Arizona
2:45 p.m. – Solana B
Hear about efforts around the state to aid those currently experiencing homelessness and provide permanent solutions to this critical issue.
Panelists: Amy St. Peter,Deputy Executive Director, Maricopa Association of Governments Riann Balch, Community Resources Manager, Chandler Joan Serviss, Executive Director, Arizona Housing Coalition
What Lies Ahead: Arizona's Water Supply
2:45 p.m. – Solana C/D
As the state continues to grow, stories about Arizona's water supply continue to abound. Explore how Arizona's water policy experts are innovating to solve today's challenges and plan for a resilient water future.
Panelists: Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project Cheryl Lombard, President & CEO, Valley Partnership Dr. Kathryn Sorensen, Former Director, Kyle Center for Water Policy Arizona State University Drew Swieczkowski, Water Resources Director, Glendale
Mayor's Education Roundtable
2:45 p.m. – Aurora
The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable brings together mayors from throughout Arizona who share ways to positively impact education in their towns and cities. Join the Mayors and Superintendents of the Roundtable to discuss strategies that can help address local challenges affecting the long-term success of every student.
Panelists: Craig McFarland, Mayor,Casa Grande Manuel O. Valenzuela , Ed.D., Superintendent, Sahuarita Unified School District Thomas Murphy, Mayor, Sahuarita
No Rules? or New Rules? - Civil Discourse in the Public Sphere
2:45 p.m. – Cira A
In a world where there seem to be "No rules" in the public sphere, learn how municipalities and leaders can support the First Amendment rights of citizens while elevating the conversation to be productive and civil.
Panelists: Jessica Boehm, Reporter, Axios Keith Allred, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse Jack McCain, Reserve Aviator, U.S. Navy McCain Institute/American Airlines
Cannabis: Opportunities and Challenges
2:45 p.m. – Cira B
It's legal. How do local leaders work with the cannabis industry to create economic opportunities for our communities, while staying safe? Join this panel of experts to learn about best practices, and how the industry is impacting cities and towns.
Panelists: Dr. Sue Sisley, MD, President/Founder, Field to Healed Foundation Justin Pressfield, Associate Vice President,Weedmaps Ann Torrez, Executive Director, Arizona Dispensaries Association Alexa Scholl, Director of Government Affairs, Tucson Chamber of Commerce
Let's Discuss: Pension Solutions
2:45 p.m. – Cira C
Come prepared to contribute! Is your community looking to take control of your pension debt? Join this discussion and evaluate your options with various experts and hear from other communities trying to decide what tools and what approach will work best for them. This is not a formal session but a discussion group for those wanting practical tips and guidance on learning the tools available to control your pension debt.
Panelists: Kelly Pfost, Director of Management and Budget, Gilbert Paul Matson, Director, Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Omar Daghestani, Managing Director, Stifel Chris Gustafson, Budget and Procurement Manager, Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Michael Townsend, Administrator, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) Maureen Toal, Executive Vice President, Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS) Charles Francis, Senior Municipal Finance Consultant, Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS)
Short Term Rentals: Recommendations for Implementing New Tools to Mitigate Impacts on Communities
4:00 p.m. – Solana B
Learn from municipal representatives about the process of crafting short-term rental ordinances. Panelists will discuss challenges, wins, and key takeaways from their experience in attempting to mitigate STR impacts on communities. Local representatives will also discuss how they plan on implementing new tools provided in this year’s SB1168. Representatives from the STR industry will provide their recommendations for municipalities considering new ordinances and describe their role in helping operators become compliant with new regulations.
Panelists: Anna Thomasson, Vice Mayor, Paradise Valley Brent Stockwell, Assistant City Manager, Scottsdale Jill Keimach, Town Manager, Paradise Valley John Choi, US West Regional Director, Airbnb Wendy Briggs, Director,Veridus
Leading Women: The Multiplying Effect When Women in the Private and Public Sectors Work Together
4:00 p.m. – Solana C/D
Women leading government and women leading the private sector team up to show us how we can work together to accomplish our collective goals.
Following the session please join us at Ray’s, the bar in the lobby of the Renaissance, for continued networking.
Panelists: Carolyn Oberholtzer, Partner, Bergin, Frakes, Smalley & Oberholtzer Kathy Senseman, Principal, Policy Development Group Amanda Reeve, Environmental and Regulatory Policy Advisor, Snell & Willmer Meghaen Dell’Artino, Owner, Public Policy Partners
Small Community, Big Opportunity: Staff Recruitment and Retention in Rural Communities
4:00 p.m. – Cira A
Professional staff recruitment and retention is one of the biggest investments our cities and towns make. Large cities often drive competitive salaries that aren’t obtainable for many of our smaller and rural communities in Arizona. So, what can they do to recruit and retain qualified and competitive management and staff? Join us in a discussion to hear from managers who have successfully recruited and retained talented staff in our smaller communities.
Panelists: Pat McDermott, Senior Advisor, Arizona City/County Management Association Caleb Blaschke, City Manager, Willcox Gilbert Davidson, Town Manager, Prescott Valley
Energy and Economic Development: We Can't Have One without the Other
4:00 p.m. – Cira B
A rapidly growing state relies on plentiful, reliable, and affordable energy. Learn from utility and economic development leaders about how the grid - the invisible infrastructure that delivers power to homes and businesses - is an essential component of Arizona's continued economic expansion.
Panelists: Lea Marquez-Peterson, Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission Kelly Patton, Economic Development Manager, Arizona Public Service (APS) Craig McFarland, Mayor, Casa Grande
Capital Pipeline: How to Utilize the CIP Dashboard to Fund Capital Projects in Your City or Town
4:00 p.m. – Auroa
Join us for an overview of Capital Pipeline and what it offers to cities and towns free of charge. You’ll also hear the latest updates to the platform and hear insight into how this tool can impact your CIP and help you in obtaining federal grants. You’ll also be able to sign up on-site to activate your account.
Panelists: René Guillen, Deputy Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns Stephanie Nelson, Founder & CEO, Capital Pipeline
Location: Lower Lobby Level – Cascade Foyer
All sponsors and City/Town Mayors are invited to special reception to thank our sponsors for their support.
Location: Solana Ballroom
Speaker: Cathy Carlat, Mayor, Peoria, President, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
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Thursday, September 1
Location: Cascade G
Please Note: Registration for this event is separate from the main conference. If you have not registered for the full spouse/guest program but are interested in participating, please see the League staff at the registration desk.
The Cerreta Candy Company is a family-owned business located in the heart of Glendale. Founded over 50 years ago by Jim Cerreta, Sr., Cerreta’s features a wide variety of chocolates, caramels, brittles and candies. Learn how four generations of candy makers created these delectable treats on a special guided tour of the hometown candy and chocolate factory.
IIJA Track: Transportation
8:00 a.m. – Solana A
Arizona has the potential to bring in unprecedented dollars in federal funding for transportation, but how do communities in Arizona “bring home the bacon?” This session will look at both federal formula and grant funding opportunities for AZ and hear tips on how you can maximize your chances of seeing money come to your community.
Panelists: Christian Price, CEO & President, Maricopa Economic Development Alliance Greg Byres, Deputy Director for Transportation/State Engineer, Arizona Department of Transportation Nick Shivka, Senior Manager of Sustainable Initiatives, Local First
Housing: A Primer on Zoning and Permitting for City and Town Officials
8:00 a.m. – Solana B
The housing crisis brought new attention to local zoning and permitting processes. Hear from an expert to learn the basics on this process and be better informed when engaging in critical housing-related discussions.
Panelists: Debra Stark, Councilmember, District 3, Phoenix Alan Stephenson, Deputy City Manager, Phoenix
Safe Paths Forward: Ensuring Safety for our Pedestrians, Cyclists and Transit Users
8:00 a.m. – Solana C/D
The safety of our pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers is THE top priority when building and maintaining our transportation system. But accidents still occur. How can we ensure safety for all?
Panelists: Jennifer Longdon, State Representative Arizona House of Representatives Jessica Mefford-Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Valley Metro Rick Naimark, Associate Vice President for Program Development, Arizona State University Yung Koprowski, Principal and Founder & Gilbert Councilmember, Y2K Engineering
Small and Strategic: Tools for Economic Development in Small Cities
8:00 a.m. – Cira A
Economic growth in small communities requires targeted strategies, an entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, social capital, and collaboration. Learn how these factors create an ecosystem for strong economic development and leave this session with an action list to build opportunities in your community!
Panelists: Jenna Rowell, Director of Rural Development, Local First Ethan Orr, Assistant Vice President for Government Partnerships and Community Relations, University of Arizona Carrie Kelly, Executive Director, Arizona Association for Economic Development Scott Hathcock, President & CEO, Moonshot
The Nexus Between Energy and Water
8:00 a.m. – Cira B
As Arizona draws new residents and businesses, demands on our energy grid and water sources will also continue to grow. How are utilities and other regulators adapting to balance water conservation with increasing energy needs in our communities? And how does drought planning impact our power supply? Learn how these issues are interconnected and how cities and towns can plan ahead.
A Shoplifting Epidemic: The Impacts of Organized Retail Crime
8:00 a.m. – Cira C
Organized retail theft is a growing epidemic within our community. Criminal syndicates have created comprehensive theft networks which affect small businesses, local law enforcement, and communities across the state. Join us for a briefing about the negative impacts of organized retail theft in Arizona and what you can do in your community to combat this growing crime.
Panelists: Amanda Gray, Executive Director, AZ Petroleum Marketers Association Kristin Reif, Director of Illicit Trade Prevention, Phillip Morris International Rachel Mitchell, County Attorney, Maricopa County Alexa Scholl, Director of Government Affairs, Tucson Chamber of Commerce
Let's Discuss: High-Speed Internet Solutions
8:00 a.m. - Aurora A
Come prepared to contribute! Are you looking to expand or bring high-speed internet options to your community, but not sure what’s right for your community or how to get started? Join this session to discuss and evaluate your options with various experts and providers.
Panelists: Ben Blink, Principal, Blink Public Policy Matt Clark, Manager of State and Local Government Relations, State of Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso., Verizon Toni Morales Broberg, President, Desert States, AT&T Rob Oyler, CEO & Founder, WANRack Stephanie Healy, Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications Tim Brown, Government Affairs Manager, Crown Castle
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Please Note: Registration is limited to the first 25 guests for this event and is separate from the main conference. If you have not registered for the tour but are interested in participating, please see the League staff at the registration desk to check if any space is still available.
IIJA Track: Multimodal - Passenger rail and airport: Planes and Trains
9:15 a.m. - Solana A
From train tracks to tarmacs, come learn about all the new ways you may be getting around Arizona in the future. Federal infrastructure dollars are set to have a real impact on Arizona's multimodal landscape on the ground and in the skies.
Panelists: Chris Bridges, Transportation Planning Manager, Arizona Transit Association; City of Goodyear Seth Scott, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Congressman Greg Stanton Alex Khalfin, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Amtrak Danette Bewley, President/CEO, Tucson Airport Authority Marty Ziech, Planner III/Project Manager, Valley Metro
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Pollsters discuss the 2022 Election
9:15 a.m. – Solana B
Watch pollsters discuss a host of election races and measures based off their polling data and debate who will be victorious come November.
Panelists: Catherine Alonzo, CEO & Founding Partner, Javelina Sara Mueller, Founder, SM Strategies LLC Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President - Research and Strategy, Highground Inc. Mike Noble, Chief of Research & Managing Partner, OH Predictive Insights
Is the Arizona Legislature as Chaotic as it Seems?
9:15 a.m. - Solana C/D
From the outside looking in, the AZ Legislature appears petty, chaotic, and messy. Is AZ unique or is there more method than meets the eye?
Affordable Housing in Arizona -- Partnerships to Bring Affordable Housing to your Community
9:15 a.m. – Cira A
How do you bring affordable housing to your community? This session will explore public and private solutions to bringing affordable housing to your city or town.
Panelists: Kate Gallego, Mayor, Phoenix Dan Klocke, Development Project Manager, Gorman and Company Sarah Shambrook, Government Relations Associate, Dominium Cindy Navarrete Stotler, Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Housing
Building and Maintaining Effective Mayor, Council and Manager Relationships This session sponsored by the Arizona City/County Management Association
9:15 a.m. – Cira B
The council-manager form of government provides a solid foundation for well-run communities in Arizona. This session will explore the importance of the unique relationship between a mayor, councilmembers, and their city manager. The discussion will include concrete examples of how elected officials best utilize and work with the manager’s office to accomplish their goals while creating meaningful public policy to support their community’s needs.
Panelists: Julie Karins, City Manager, City of Goodyear Sandy Moriarty, Mayor, Sedona Robin Benning, Councilmember, Queen Creek John Giles, Mayor, Mesa Reyes Medrano, City Manager, Tolleson
ALEAP Accreditation: The Intersection of Community Policing and Police Reform
9:15 a.m.- Cira C
Police Reform has gone by many names and descriptors over the past 24 months, as communities grapple with how to offer high quality services to their residents, while navigating the current demand for social justice. Historically, police reform has been driven by social change and community demands. The Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP) offers police agencies an opportunity to prove to their residents that they follow a set of industry best practices for the safe, effective, efficient, and non-discriminatory delivery of professional law enforcement services.
Panelists: Kevin E. Rhea, Program Director, Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program Sheri Reintjes, Vice President, Branch Manager, Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool
Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and More: Mining Means Sustainable, Safe, and Thriving Communities
9:15 a.m. - Aurora A
As the saying goes, if it can't be grown, it must be mined. In today's world of increasingly complex and costly supply chain issues, establishing pathways for key mineral components of our economy, transportation, and manufacturing systems are more important than ever. Mined commodities enable nearly every aspect of modern-day life and are critical in our state's long-term sustainability. Learn more about Arizona's role in the renewable supply chain and how these challenges are being solved.
Panelists: Austin Kennedy, Legislative Liaison US Senator, Krysten Sinema's Office Paul Marsh, Arizona Mine Inspector, Arizona State Mine Inspector's Office Mayor Mila Besich, Mayor, Town of Superior
Local Issues Before the US Supreme Court
10:30 a.m. – Solana A
Don’t be distracted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s huge decisions in the abortion and guns cases. Last term, the Supreme Court decided so many cases of interest to local governments on topics ranging from public employment to police officer liability to elected officials behaving badly and getting censured. More significantly, local governments lost two cases last term because the Supreme Court changed its establishment of religion test. Discuss these cases and the implications of our new 6-3 conservative Court with Lisa Soronen, former Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center.
Panelists: Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center Nancy Davidson, General Counsel, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Reading the Tea Leaves: Pundits discuss the 2022 Election
10:30 a.m. – Solana B
This session will be a lively discussion from pundits on both sides of the political aisle discussing the 2022 election and other important issues impacting Arizona.
Panelists: Tom Savage, Legislative Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns Tony Cani, Founder, Slingshot Campaigns Chuck Coughlin, CEO and President, HighGround, Inc. Lorna Romero Ferguson, Owner, Elevate Strategies Marcus Dell'Artino, Partner, FirstStrategic Chad Campbell, Co-Founder, Lumen Strategies Arizona
Centering Arizona Voters in our Elections to Achieve the Arizona We Want
10:30 a.m. – Solana C
Where are the gaps between what voters want and what candidates are talking about in the November elections? Join Dr. Sybil Francis, President & CEO of Center for the Future of Arizona, to discuss brand new survey research on what Arizona voters want to be addressed in this year’s midterm election, the views of Arizonans on education, economy, and more, and why reimagining the status quo of politics in our state is one critical step to achieving the outcomes most Arizonans want.
Panelists: Sybil Francis, Ph.D., President & CEO, Center for the Future of Arizona Tom Belshe, Executive Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Plug-In To the Latest Updates on Electric Vehicles
10:30 a.m. – Cira A
Catch up on the latest in Electric Vehicles, from ADOT’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan, to how industry is approaching EV and hear from a city who is working on an EV ready project. Arizona is poised to be a leader in EV readiness.
Panelists: Alisa Lyons, Valley Partnership Dianne Kresich, Research Center Manager, Arizona Department of Transportation Brent Stoddard, Deputy City Manager, Glendale Kevin Phelps, City Manager, Glendale Terry Rother, Electric Vehicle Programs Lead, Salt River Project
Sharing Services: How Small Communities Can Leverage Big Possibilities
10:30 a.m. – Cira B
Providing critical services is an issue many of our smaller municipalities continually face. How can our smallest communities find the money to provide vital services to residents within a limited budget? Learn how two communities solved this issue by coming together for an effective partnership through combining their police force. They will share their experience on the benefits and challenges of sharing services across municipalities to provide their residents with the best services within a small-town budget.
Panelists: Joseph Jarvis, Assistant to the Town Manager, Taylor Greg Brimhall, Councilmember, Snowflake David Smith, Mayor, Taylor
IIJA Track: Broadband
10:30 a.m. – Cira C
Join us for a look at the federal dollars being made available for broadband projects and learn about how you can use these dollars to bring high-speed internet to your community for the first time or fill in “broadband deserts.”
Panelists: Jim Campbell, Vice President State & Local Government Affairs, Altice USA Laura Pastor, Councilmember, Phoenix Christine Mackay, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Phoenix Mark Strama, General Manager, Expansion Operations Google Fiber
Presider: Douglas Nicholls, Yuma, Vice President, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Speaker: Mark Kelly, US Senator, Arizona
Legislative Awards and Recognition
League Service Awards
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Please Note: Registration is limited to the first 40 guests for this event and is separate from the main conference. If you have not registered for the tour but are interested in participating, please see the League staff at the registration desk to check if any space is still available.
Flexible Planning: Managing CIP Projects in an Ever-Changing Market
2:30 p.m. – Solana A
Cities have become adept at finding solutions brought on by quickly changing market dynamics. Learn how municipal leaders are being responsive to market changes, increased costs, a shortage of materials, and other innovative approaches to this multi-layered issue.
Panelists: Andy Tobin, Director, ADOA Andrew Ching, City Manager, Tempe Susan Guthrie , Town Manager, Clarkdale Don Bessler, Director of Engineering, Glendale
All voters are not treated equally. Why should you care, and what you can do about it
2:30 p.m. - Solana B
Most candidate elections in Arizona are determined in the Primary Election where only 1,452,089 people voted in August of 2020. Partisan primary elections become a problem when primary voters (that’s only 36% percent of registered voters) are responsible for choosing who wins the general election by default. Join us for a conversation to explore alternative nonpartisan primary structures that could engage better candidates and encourage voter turnout — making our system work better for ALL Arizonans.
Panelists: Paul Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder, Redirect Health Heather Carter, Executive Vice President, Greater Phoenix Leadership Blake Sacha, President, Voter Choice arizona
Retail Development and Incentive Implications Post Schires
2:30 p.m. Solana C/D
The session will include a review of best practices related to economic development incentives and when taking an alternative route can be justified and (potentially) defended legally in a post Schires environment.
Panelist: Luis Cordova, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Rounds, President and CEO, Rounds Consulting Group, Inc.
Dive In: The Future of Water
2:30 p.m.- Cira A
Arizona is leading the way when it comes to creative solutions to grow our water supply. Learn what these companies are doing, and how it can make a difference in your community.
Panelists: Katie Ratlief, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Ylenia Aguilar, Business Development Manager, Source Thomas Locquvam, Vice President, Corporate Services & General Counsel, EPCOR Mark Holmes, CEO, Mark Holmes LLC
2:30 p.m. – Cira C
Arizona City Attorneys Association
2:30 p.m. – Cira B
Arizona COG Directors
2:30 p.m. – Cascade F
The Annual Business Meeting is held each year at the conference to elect members to the Executive Committee and to ratify the resolutions passed at the Resolutions Committee Meeting
Presider: Cathy Carlat, Mayor, Peoria, President, League of Arizona Cities and Towns Speakers: Douglas Nicholls, Mayor, Yuma, Vice President, League of Arizona Cities and Towns and Chairman, League Resolutions Committee John Giles, Mayor, Mesa, Chairman, League Nominating Committee
The 2022 Showcase of Cities and Towns will be held on Thursday, September 1. There will be food and drinks. Booths will be 10' by 10'.
A 32-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.
Friday, September 2
Location: Solana C/D
Facilitator: Christian Price, President and CEO, Maricopa Economic Development Alliance
Join your fellow city and town elected officials and staff in a speed networking breakfast. Each participant will get one minute to share an issue that she/he is facing in their own community or on their council. Your issue can be big or small. Once you have shared your issue, everyone at the table will get one minute to share their initial impressions/reaction. Then the facilitator will announce a table change. Everyone will move to a different table based on a number sequence that avoids redundancy in the small groups. Participants can choose to use the same challenge/issue because your audience will have changed, or you may pose a new challenge to the group.
This session is designed to give you multiple ideas on how to deal with an issue in your community as well as introduce you to new colleagues throughout the state.
Location: Solana E
From Conflict to Conversation
Amidst unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, there’s never been a more necessary time for community leaders to learn how to tackle complex and sensitive issues in ways that make people feel heard, respected, and empowered. Inspiring and wholly actionable, Matt Lehrman animates the principle that where people work together courageously, their potential is unlimited.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Camelback Ranch Glendale
Central Arizona Project
Crown Castle, Inc
Gammage & Burnham
LIUNA Laborers Local 1184
Salt River Project
Tucson Electric Power & Unisource Energy Services