City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Sept. 13, 2011
Goodyear councilmembers join 900 officials in Tucson for League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Sept. 13, 2011) More than 900 city and town officials, legislators, business leaders and guests from across the state gathered in Tucson, Ariz. last week for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference, which was held August 30 through September 2 at the Marriott Starr Pass Resort.
Among those in attendance were Mayor Georgia Lord, Vice Mayor Joanne Osborne, and councilmembers Sheri Lauritano, Joe Pizzillo, Wally Campbell and Bill Stipp of Goodyear, Arizona. The conference is held annually in late summer and provides a unique opportunity for local officials to gather together to attend training sessions designed to aid in more effective and efficient management of Arizona's municipalities, to hear from state and legislative officials, as well as share common concerns and ideas for problem solving.
Conference highlights included an opening general session on August 31 featuring keynote addresses from Sen. John McCain, National League of Cities President James Mitchell, and Economist Marshall Vest. There was a recognition luncheon on September 1 for key legislators who supported local governance during the 2011 legislative session. Governor Jan Brewer was also recognized with an award at this luncheon for her strong partnership with local governments in Arizona. Additionally, attendees heard from Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin. Youth delegates and chaperones from across the state attended an all-day youth program on August 31, with more than 75 participants focusing on youth leadership and civic engagement. The conference offered more than 25 concurrent sessions, including panels and sessions on topics such as economic development, budgeting, open meetings, public records, youth commissions, tax policy, innovation, and tourism.
In addition to the many educational sessions and networking events at the conference, mayors and councilmembers from across the state met during the event to develop resolutions for the League's 2012 Municipal Policy Statement. The policy statement represents the collective interests of cities and towns statewide and will guide the League of Cities and Town's lobbying efforts during the upcoming legislative session that begins in January.
The 2012 League conference will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch, August 28-31, 2012.
About the League:
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is a voluntary association of all the 91 incorporated cities and towns in the state of Arizona. It provides policy and legislative advocacy, information and inquiry services, along with publications and educational programs to strengthen the quality and efficiency of municipal government. It was founded in 1937 to serve the interests of cities and towns and to preserve the principles of home rule and local determination. For information, visit www.azleague.org. For more information, contact Matt Lore, Communication and Education Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns at 602-258-5786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.