AML Conferences

Throughout the year AML provides several conference opportunities. The Annual Local Government Conference is held each November in Anchorage, Alaska. AML arranges for a Winter Legislative Meeting during the legislative session. This meeting includes the opportunity to speak with key legislators and state officials about municipal issues. The AML Board of Directors, Alaska Conference of Mayors, Alaska Municipal Management Association and Legislative Committee work together to schedule their Combined Summer Meeting. All three groups usually meet in August of each year to work on AML policies and platform and to conduct business for each group.

Future Conference & Meetings

Future Annual Conference Location & Dates
Anchorage, Alaska | 2020

Future Winter Legislative Conference Location & Dates
Juneau, Alaska       | February 18-20, 2020

Future Summer Legislative Conference Location & Dates

Fairbanks North Star Borough        | August 11-13, 2020
Sitka                                                      | 2021
Homer                                                  | 2022

2019 Summer Legislative Conference Presentations
City of Kenai, Mayor Brian Gabriel
Discussion on Safety, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce
Alaska’s Financial Situation, Representative Gary Knopp
Retention & Turnover of Teachers in Alaska, Diane Hirshberg
Municipal Dividend, Nils Andreassen

2019 Winter Legislative Conference Presentations
DEC, Commissioner Jason Brune
DCRA, Sandra Moller
Governor’s Budget, Mike Barnhill
Teachers in Alaska, Diane Hirshberg
K-12 Funding, Ralph Townsend
AML DRAFT Budget Review

2018 Annual Conference Presentations November 2018
Roles & Responsibilities of Municipal Officials
Budgets & Governmental Accounting
Lobbying the Legislature
Local Tax Policy in Alaska
Open Meetings Act
Quasi-Judicial Role & Ex Parte Contact
Ethics & Conflicts of Interest
Parliamentary Procedures & Conducting Effective Meetings

Conference – Wednesday:
State of the State:

Curtis Thayer – Alaska Chamber

Cybersecurity Risk and Protection

Revenue Options for the State of Alaska

Improving Outcomes of Strategic Energy Management Programs

Alaska Funders’ Forum:

Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation

A Responsible Municipal Fiscal Policy:

Jay Sweeney, City & Borough of Sitka
Max Mertz, Mertz CPA & Advisor

Ensuring a Successful Census

Increasing Crime Trends and Municipal Impact

Local Government Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts:

Rosie Barr, Calista Corporation
Mike Black, ANTHC
Don Antrobus, Denali Commission
Sally Russell Cox, DCRA
Climate Change General – Photos

Conference – Thursday:
Online Sales Tax:
Brooks Chandler, Boyd, Chandler & Falconer, LLP
Mike Bailey, GFOA

Municipal Innovation:

Ben Matheson, Municipality of Anchorage
Cheryl Burnett, NACo
Margo Fliss, UAA Business Enterprise Institute

State of Alaska Program Briefs:
Wendy Sailors, Municipal Parks Programs
Josie Bahnke, Division of Elections

Managing Growth and Infrastructure Improvements:

Steve Ribuffo, Port of Alaska
Gordon Brower, North Slope Borough
Greg Kinney & David Gomez, American Society of Civil Engineers

Regional and Community Sanitation Planning

Effective Economic Development Strategies:
Robert Venables, Southeast Conference
Chris Beck, Agnew::Beck Consulting
Britteny Cioni-Haywood, DCCED
Wanetta Ayers, Prince William Sound Economic Development District

Homelessness and Housing

PILT update:
Cheryl Burnett, NACo
David Landis, Ketchikan Gateway Borough

Best Practices for Contracting Professional Services

Smart Cities and Innovation

At a National Level: Agency Updates and Federal Advocacy:
Apollo Fuhriman, Small Business Administration

2018 Summer Legislative Conference Presentations 
AML Summer Meeting Summary, Nils Andreassen, AML Executive Director
Gubernatorial Debate 8/23/2018 Watch video link at
Sen. Dunleavy written responses
Alaska’s Economy, Commissioner Mike Navarre & Pat Pitney, Director OMB
Federal Update, Brittney Kohler, Program Director, National League of Cities
Federal Priorities (NACo), Nils Andreassen, AML Executive Director

AML Winter Legislative Conference
February 18-20, 2020, Juneau, AK