7:00 a.m. Golf Tournament +
Golf registration will be separate at this conference. If you are interested in golfing, please email Brian Wright at bwright@Ci.Eloy.AZ.US
9:00 a.m.Registration Opens
11:00 a.m. What ATRA Does for Arizona Taxpayers +
1 CPE Credit

What is the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA)? What are their concerns, goals and methods, and how do they interact with state and local government? ATRA is the only statewide taxpayer organization representing a cross-section of Arizona individuals and businesses. Organized in 1940, ATRA is the largest and most respected independent and accurate source of public finance and tax policy information. ATRA represents taxpayers before policy makers at the state and local level. ATRA's fundamental belief is that every governmental expenditure is directly related to a tax. ATRA's goal is efficient statewide government and the effective use of tax dollars through sound fiscal policies.
1:30 p.m. Keeping Up with the Swindlers +
2 CPE Credits

Is that cash you just received real or counterfeit? Back by popular demand, a special agent with the United States Secret Service will share helpful tips to identifying counterfeit currency. The agent will also go over the prevention of other financial crimes that include electronic transactions and credit card fraud.
3:20 p.m. The CEO of You: Take it. Leave it. Change it. +
1 CPE Credit

This direct, no-fluff, entertaining message will move you to immediate action to make better choices, take personal responsibility and be more successful. It will be effective in addressing personal leadership, inspiration, motivation, managing change, growing exemplary customer service and all-out self-motivation. The importance of connecting core values with personal responsibility is the basis of this interactive message.
4:45 p.m. Education Committee Meeting
5:00 p.m. Reception


7:45 a.m.Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Leading Change: Creating Organizational Success by Applying Values Based Leadership +
1 CPE Credit

Instead of simply preaching the importance of value based leadership, effective training helps people navigate through the minefield of complex "gray areas" that they may encounter in the workplace. This presentation will focus on the needs and interpretation of values-based leadership. Focusing on the commitment to stimulate a "values-based" culture, employees and leaders will be able to recognize their own and others behavior that is common in their current culture.
9:00 a.m. An Insider's Look at WIFA and WIFA-funded Projects: The Most Needed, the Most Unique, the
  Most Sustainable +
1.5 CPE Credits

The Arizona Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) is known to provide loans and grants for constructing water and wastewater infrastructure. What is not well known, though, is the wide variety of interesting projects WIFA has funded. Some of these projects are critically needed for public health protection in communities otherwise unable to afford them. Some projects solve unique or distinctive problems. Still others showcase WIFA's encouragement and funding of projects that incorporate state-of-the-art "green" technologies for water and energy conservation and resource recovery. While WIFA keeps busy with traditional drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects, they are also promoting new initiatives to fund storm water and recharge projects. This presentation will describe how WIFA goes about its business and give a behind the scenes look at the many fascinating projects that WIFA funds.
10:40 a.m. Arbitrage Review and IRS Enforcement +
1 CPE Credit

This session will cover the basics of the arbitrage regulations as well as cover if and when the arbitrage calculations can be discontinued. The presentation will end with a review of what type of IRS enforcement we are currently seeing.
11:45 a.m.Plated Lunch
1:00 p.m. PSPRS – Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow +
2 CPE Credits

The cost of the current pension structure continues to put pressure on municipal budgets. All cities and towns are not only aware of the importance of public safety services but also are sensitive to tough budget decisions that must be made. This session will increase your understanding of how the system operates and will identify those issues that are most important to you. The discussion will identify those factors that influence contribution rates, what PSPRS has been doing to strengthen the system's financial stability, what you can do to improve your plan's financial condition, along with why one town did its long-term projection and is developing a pension funding policy.
2:40 p.m.Coffee and Snack Break
3:00 p.m. Preparing an Annual Expenditure Limitation Report +
1.5 CPE Credits

Have you ever had to prepare or review an AELR? In this presentation, we will discuss the preparation requirements of the AELR for counties, cities and towns, and provide detailed instructions for completing each line of the Reconciliation, Part II and Part I of the report.
5:00 p.m.Board Meeting
5:30 p.m.Reception


8:00 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Economic Update +
1 CPE Credit

This session will provide an update on the national economy and some perspective into Arizona-related economic topics.
10:00 a.m. Governmental Accounting Standards Update +
1 CPE Credit

Staying current with all the new GASB's, and understanding when and how each GASB Statement should be implemented can be difficult. This session will walk through the latest pronouncements as well as those pronouncements that are on the horizon. By the end of the session, you will understand the implementation dates of the GASB's, recognize some of the challenges others have faced in implementing the statements, have the tools necessary to implement current statements, and be able to prepare for upcoming pronouncements.
11:00 a.m. Legislative Update +
1 CPE Credit

This session will update members on a variety of timely legislative issues. League legislative staff will provide an overview of the 2014 legislative session, and explain the challenges and opportunities we currently face.
12:00 p.m.Conference Adjourns


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