This year’s Management Conference was a big departure from the typical Spring conference as for the first time in history UAC held a joint set of meetings and sessions with the Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT) at the Dixie Center in St. George.
It started out like other conferences with breakout sessions for members of UAC only on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25. This included county commissioners/council members, assessors, clerks and auditors, economic development directors, IT directors, recorders, surveyors, and treasurers. The only joint session held for members of UAC took place in the form of a general luncheon on Wednesday, where several announcements were shared including some special recognition presented to UCIP’s Johnnie Miller.
UAC members also enjoyed a Management Conference record-number 40 exhibitors participating and sharing their products and services, as well as best practices during some of the breakout sessions. Wednesday was capped off with a fun Food Truck Rally in the park adjacent to the Dixie Center where members of both UAC and ULCT were able to socialize and listen to some great sounds from local musician Ryan Tilby. After the Rally, members were treated to a gathering of the Utah Jazz’s playoff game against Oklahoma. While the outcome wasn’t as fun, the experience was enjoyed by all.
Finally, Thursday morning both ULCT and UAC merged in an opening general session that saw executive leadership of each Association together, on stage, talking about unity and collaboration as similar-focused organizations. They were followed by a discussion of the Our Schools Now initiative seeking a transportation tax increase to fund Utah’s education system, a short visit with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox – who has served in both city, county, and now state government – and finished off by an interesting discussion of internet sales tax, led by Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center.
After the Opening General Session, attendees had the choice of five different general breakout sessions, dealing with topics that included budgeting, communications, land use law, rural economic development, and urban economic development. Attendees came together after that with a final general luncheon and keynote address from Carey Lohrenz, one of the US Navy’s first-ever female combat pilots. Lohrenz was both inspiring and informative, giving attendees and inside gimps of what it’s like to fly and F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet.
All-in-all, the conference was a success. UAC will review feedback and discuss plans for our Fall Annual Convention, November 15-16 back at the Dixie Center in St. George. Please note that dates and that UAC will attempt to hold a more condensed conference removing the traditional Wednesday afternoon meetings and allowing affiliates to schedule meetings into Friday afternoon, leading up to the closing banquet Friday night. We’ll also plan to hold the New Officials Workshop the day prior, November 14.