Upcoming Training Opportunities

League Mini Sessions: Arizona Municipal Government Fundamentals 

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Let us know if you have any topics you would like to include for future trainings and webinars by emailing us.


LEAGUE TRAINING:

Strategies for Dealing with PSPRS Unfunded Liability: Financing Options to Consider

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:  This session will be free and held via Zoom Webinar

This session will cover a historical and prospective review of the Public Safety Pension Retirement System (PSPRS), reforms and why many of our Arizona Cities and Towns are in their current unfunded liability predicament.  

The panel will also profile a recently completed and innovative approach taken by the City of Flagstaff. The city undertook a Taxable Certificate of Participation Financing ($131 million) to restructure their PSPRS liability. The City will discuss the policy and economic reasons why they elected to proceed with this strategy and how it will help manage their Legacy Tier 1 and Tier 2 employee PSPRS liability now and into the future.

Moderator:  
Rushda Mustafa, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated 

Panelists:  
Greg Clifton, City Manager, Flagstaff
Omar Daghestani, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
Mark Reader, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
Brandi Suda, Finance Director, Flagstaff
Rick Tadder, Management Services Director, Flagstaff
Mike Townsend, Administrator, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System 

To register for this session, click here.


LEAGUE TRAINING:

Roles, Responsibilities and Best Practices of a Planning and Zoning Commission Member

When: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location:  This session will be held via Zoom Webinar
Cost:  $25

This session will provide a brief overview of the roles and responsibilities of a municipal planning and zoning commissioner, including:

  • What is the proper role of a planning and zoning commissioner?
  • How should a commissioner interact with the public, the council and staff?
  • Best practices or suggestions to fulfilling this role. 

It is recommended for all city/town staff, elected officials and planning and zoning commissioners who wish to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of this important volunteer position in Arizona’s cities and towns. 

Speaker: Frank Cassidy, Town Attorney, Marana

 To register for this session, click here.

 A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants two days before session. 


LEAGUE TRAINING:

1487 Cases in Arizona: The History of the Law and Strategies for Defending 1487 Actions Brought Against Cities and Towns. 

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location:  This session will be held via Zoom Webinar
Cost:  Free

This session will explore the history and origins of S.B.  1487, review  the steps and possible outcomes in the 1487 investigation process, along with looking at some general 1487 litigation issues and themes. The session will close with a discussion of the future of S.B. 1487.

This session will provide up to 1.5 hours of CLE credits for attorneys, but is also open to all municipal employees and elected officials who wish to learn more about the 1487 history, issues and strategies of successful defense of claims.

Speakers:
Jean-Jacques Cabou, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Alexis Danneman, Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP
Nick Ponder, Legislative Director, League of Arizona Cities and Towns

 To register for this session, click here.

 A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants two days before session.


Virtual 2020 Newly Elected Officials Training

When: December 1-3, 2020
Location:  Via Zoom Webinar

The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is pleased to announce the 21st Annual Newly Elected Officials Program. This year, the program will be held virtually December 1-3, with two sessions each day. Established in 1998, the purpose of the program is to assist newly elected officials to be more effective in their new policy-making role. The program will be similar to that offered in past years and provide participants with an opportunity to:

  • Learn the basics of municipal government in Arizona
  • Review Arizona government and Constitutional structure
  • Learn about general issues of municipal budgeting
  • Discuss ethical and legal issues facing elected officials
  • Review the public policy process

We encourage all newly elected city and town officials as well as local elected officials who are currently in office but wish to brush up on the basics of municipal government to join us.

Since it will be virtual this year, participants can choose specific sessions they wish to attend or with one price, they will have access to attend the full event.

For program and registration information: Click here

If you have questions about registration, please contact us at 602-258-5786 orleague@azleague.org