It’s hard to find a neighborhood these days that isn’t governed by a homeowners association.
“They’ve become the first level of government,” said Cynthia Dunham, former Gilbert mayor and founder of the Leadership Centre. “And it is now becoming a training ground for elected officials.”
Whether you have aspirations to run for office or just want to become more involved and knowledgeable about your HOA, the annual Neighborhoods Arizona conference hosted by the Leadership Centre this Saturday offers to provide you with a wealth of information.
Much of the conference will center on HOA issues, such as shifting control of a subdivision from a developer to the homeowners, and achieving compliance with covenants, conditions and restrictions without contention.
But even older, more traditional neighborhoods have issues that will be addressed at the conference.
Les Presmyk, who is Leadership Centre president and vice mayor of Gilbert, said the conference is the center’s premiere event for the year, but individual classes are also offered throughout the year. Topics for the conference are chosen based on questions and issues raised during those classes.
In addition to the various conference sessions, Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn will welcome those who attend and Rep. J.D. Hayworth, RAriz., will be the keynote speaker.
The conference is open to anyone involved in their neighborhood and community, from homebuilders and real estate agents to neighborhood leaders and government officials.
What: Neighborhoods Arizona: Mobilizing Our Community conference
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Cost: $25 per person
Information: (480) 732-7174 or www.theleadershipcentre.org