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Upcoming Training Opportunities
Cell Towers: Leases and Sales for Municipalities and Changes/FCC Wireless Siting Order

When:   Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Location:   League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Room 101
Time:   9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

First part: Cell Tower Leases and Sales

Municipalities frequently lease space on buildings, water towers or land for cell towers and related uses. This program will describe typical rental rates, key terms of such leases that can and should be present to protect the municipality and its future use of the building, structure or land on which the lease is located.

The program will also describe situations where municipal sales of existing cell leases are beneficial to municipalities, how to get the best price and terms, considerations unique to municipalities, and the main terms of the roughly 25 page document by which such rights are sold, while preserving and protecting the balance of the property for municipal use.

Second Part: Cell Tower Changes/FCC Wireless Siting Order

The FCC's Wireless Siting Order preempts zoning approval for modifications to cell towers and other communications towers.

This portion of the program will provide a summary of the Federal law on cell tower zoning and cover legal and technical issues under the Wireless Siting Order, including, what types of changes and modifications are covered, the preservation of requirements to comply with building codes, and the differing rules for antennas on buildings, in highways and on camouflaged towers. The 60-day shot clock to act on qualifying changes and "deemed granted" remedy will be covered, as well as Constitutional challenges to the Order that have not yet been addressed in the Ninth Circuit. It will also address current efforts to further preempt local permitting and approval for cell towers and small cell sites in the rights of way.

Who:   John Pestle

John Pestle Chair of the Telecommunications Group at the Varnum law firm and is admitted to practice in Arizona and Michigan. For 20 years he has represented municipalities and property owners in many states on cell tower leases, including on the sale of over 70 such leases and future leasing rights. John is a graduate of Harvard College, Yale Graduate School, and the University of Michigan Law School. He held an FCC license to work on radio, TV and ship radar transmitters and is a past Chair of the Municipal Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Cost:   $25
Registration:   To register for the training, please click here.

2017 AMCA Spring Training

When:   Thursday, March 30, 2017
Location:   Rio Vista Community Park
Peoria, AZ 85381
Cost (includes lunch):   $40 for AMCA members
$50 for non-AMCA members
Registration:   Click here to register.

Tentative Schedule

9:30 a.m.   Welcome
9:35 - 10:30 a.m.   Legislative Update and How a Bill Becomes a Law
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Open Meeting Law
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   Electronic Archiving
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.   Networking Lunch
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.   Public Records
2:05 - 3:05 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions
   Session 1   Liquor Licenses
   Session 2   New Clerks Opportunity to Ask Questions from Experienced Clerks
3:15 p.m.   Wrap up and questions

If you have any questions, please email or 602-258-5786.

Municipal Grant Seeking 101

When:   Thursday, April 6, 2017
Location:   League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Room 103
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This comprehensive training will cover the basics of seeking, finding and securing grants for municipalities including:

  • Facts versus Myths about Your Eligibility as a Grant Award Candidate
  • How to Position Your Unit of Government for Foundation and Corporate Grant Seeking
  • Finding Nonprofit Fiscal Partners
  • Forming Your Own Municipal 501C3
  • Council Resolutions Required
  • Budgeting for Cash Matching Funds
  • Developing an In-Kind Matching Funds Budget
  • Carving Out Time to Build Funder Relationships
  • Full-Time or Part-Time Grant Writing Support (Pros and Cons)
  • Arizona Grant Writing Resources (Associations and the League)
  • Review of Arizona Foundation and Corporate Funders
  • Types of Funding Request Documents
  • Letter of Inquiry - Writing Exercise
  • Letter Proposal - Discussion
  • Grant Applications: Online formats and hard copy paper or file formats
  • Researching Relevant Statistics to Support Your Grant Application
  • Crafting Measurable Goals and Objectives
  • Writing Compliance, Editing, and Funding Request Considerations
  • Next Steps after Funding
  • Next Steps When Program isn’t Funded

Who:   Dr. Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev")

Dr. Browning brings over four decades of experience to her annual League training events. She has assisted municipal and other types of clients and previous workshop participants in winning grant awards of more than $430 million. Dr. Bev is the author of 42 grant-related publications.

Cost:   $120 (materials and lunch are included)

Those attendees present for the full workshop will have a chance to win a Chromebook computer (grand prize) and one of Dr. Bev's grant writing books (secondary prize).

Registration:   To register for the Grants Training, click here.

2017 ACAA Summer Conference

When:   June 1-2, 2017
Location:   Little America Hotel
Flagstaff, AZ

The 2017 Arizona City Attorneys Association Annual Summer Meeting will be held in Flagstaff at the Little America Resort, June 1st and 2nd.

Registration is now open.

For registration and conference information, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact Christina Estes-Werther.
ASU School of Public Affairs: Graduate Information Sessions Available

Location:   University Center Building
ASU Downtown Phoenix campus
Registration:   For more information, click here.

Certified Public Manager® Program

Location:   Arizona State University
Choice of Venue: Classroom or Online
Registration:   For more information, click here.

Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA)

Location:   Arizona State University
First cohort will begin May 2017
Registration:   For more information, click here.