2014 Annual Conference

Training to help you become a playmaker
in your city.

The largest training in the state designed specifically for Iowa's city officials also includes ample opportunity to network with peers and learn from one another.

Review and expand "The City Playbook" and learn from experts and peers at this event planned just for you - Iowa's elected and appointed city officials!

Registration and hotel blocks opened June 2.

Exhibitor, sponsor and advertiser information and registration may be found in Marketplace.


 Check out the 2014 Mobile Conference Program Guide.


Registration Ends Soon!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hurry! Register for the 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibit before Friday (August 22), so you won’t get stuck paying the late fee. After Thursday (August 21), the member fee for conference goes from $195 to $250.
The League conference includes more than 40 workshops, numerous networking events and is the largest training in the state geared specifically to you—the elected and appointed municipal officials of Iowa.
Long-time conference attendees will tell you the event is about more than just the workshops and general sessions; it includes the exhibit hall, networking, receptions and the chance to spend a few days focused on the city playbook as you connect with your peers and discover new ways help your city.
Both League Board President Buck Clark and Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh invite you to join them, and hunderds of other officials from across Iowa for this year's event, September 24-26 in Council Bluffs. 


Late Fee Begins Next Week

Monday, August 11, 2014

The League offers an early registration discount to those who register for the Annual Conference & Exhibit before August 21. Register now to get $55 off registration, taking the price from $250 to $195.
August 21 is also the expiration date for many League blocks at conference hotels. A registration must be submitted to keep a room at conference hotels.
Want to participate in the Annual Fun Run/Walk on Thursday morning at the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park? Sign-up for the free event by August 21 to get a complimentary Run/Walk shirt.
More information about the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit is available online. See you September 24-26 at Council Bluff’s Mid-America Center!
All of us at the League, including Board President and Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark, can’t wait to see you there. Watch President Clark’s invitation to see why he values his attendance at the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit.

Join us in Council Bluffs

Monday, August 04, 2014

Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh joins us in inviting all of you to his city for the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit, September 24-26. Take a minute to watch his invitation to you—his fellow city officials.
The event is seven weeks away, and early registration ends in just two weeks. Hotel rooms in the area are filling up fast, and several are already full. Remember, you must submit a conference registration to keep hotel rooms at League room blocks, and most blocks close on August 21. Now is a great time to get registered!
Learn more about the 40+ workshops, the general sessions and the valuable networking events online. Then register before August 21 to receive the reduced registration rate. See you in Council Bluffs! 


Earn IMFOA Credits

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Attendees of the League's Annual Conference & Exhibit can once again earn certification credits from the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) for use towards the Certified Municipal Clerk or the Certified Municipal Finance Officer designations. The Conference will be held September 24-26 in Council Bluffs.

Appointed city officials can earn three hours of flex credit for attending either of the three hour long Wednesday workshops; Thursday includes four different sessions of workshops and an opportunity to earn up to four hours of flex credit and the conference concludes Friday with two workshop sessions and another two hours of flex credit. A change from previous years is that partial credit will be offered for each day; allowing attendees to receive credit for any conference workshop attended.

Attendees should veriy attendance at each workshop by handing the League staffer a ticket. Credits will appear in the online IMFOA tracking system by the end of October.

See the full conference schedule to learn about specific workshops being offered and to register for the conference. Additional information on IMFOA Certification can be found on the IMFOA Web site.

New Economic Development Workshop Track

Friday, July 18, 2014

The League's Annual Conference & Exhibit, September 24-26 in Council Bluffs, will feature a new track of workshops focusing on economic development. The economic development track will include a variety of workshops that are designed to provide guidance and information on this important topic. Cities of all size will benefit from each of the workshops.
  • From the Ground Up: The Basics of TIF and Economic Development (Thursday, 9-10 a.m.)
  • TIF and Beyond: City Economic Development Projects (Thursday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.)
  • Why Broadband Matters (Thursday, 2:15-3:15 p.m.)
  • TIF and Beyond: City Economic Development Projects (Thursday, 2:15-3:15 p.m.) - Workshop offered twice due to high demand
  • Leave No Stone Unturned: Federal and State Economic Development Programs for Cities (Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • From the Ground Up: The Basics of TIF and Economic Development (Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.) - Workshop offered twice due to high demand
  • Challenges of Growth with Aging Infrastructure (Friday, 8-9 a.m.)

The economic development track is part of the conference's overall workshop schedule, which includes more than 40 options that cover a wide range of municipal government issues. See the full conference schedule to learn about these workshops and register for the conference.

Remember to register before August 21 to receive the reduced registration rate. See you in Council Bluffs, September 24-26! 

Thursday Evening Presents

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

After a day of workshops, delegates will get a sneak-peek at other cities’ playbooks during the presentation of the All-Star Community Awards. These awards and others presented during the Thursday evening Awards Banquet highlight cities and city leaders. Help recognize an outstanding, young city official and the next inductee into the Iowa League of Cities Hall of Fame. Be there to thank this year’s Legislative Service Award winners for their responsiveness to city issues.
Award winners and all conference attendees are also invited to the President’s Reception at the Club Level of the Mid-America Center. Thank League Board President, Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark, for his service to the League and to cities while enjoying fireworks and desserts.
Even your city will be showcased Thursday evening—when you talk about your community to other city officials. Many valuable lessons may come from conversations with peers, when you talk about and learn from each other.
Learn more about the Annual Conference & Exhibit, including a list of workshops and speakers, then register online.
Remember to register before August 21 to receive the reduced registration rate. See you in Council Bluffs, September 24-26!


Workshop Track for Small Cities

Monday, Jul7 07, 2014

The League's Annual Conference & Exhibit, to be held September 24-26 in Council Bluffs, will include a workshop track designed for small cities. The workshops listed below will feature information and guidance of particular interest to small city officials. However, as with all workshops, officials from any sized city are welcome to attend.
  • Do You Need a Helping Hand? (Thursday, 9-10 a.m.)
  • Updating the Playbook: How Cities Can Benefit From Changes to IEDA Programs (Thursday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.)
  • Overseeing the Oversight Law (Thursday, 2:15-3:15 p.m.)
  • Are You Covered? (Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.)

The small city workshop track is part of the conference's overall workshop schedule, which includes over 40 options that cover a range of issues important to city officials. See the full conference schedule to learn about these workshops and register for the conference.


City Clerk Workshop Track

Monday, June 30, 2014

The League's Annual Conference & Exhibit, to be held September 24-26 in Council Bluffs, will offer a track of workshops designed for city clerks. The clerk track has been expanded this year and will offer five different workshops covering a variety of issues important to city clerks. As with each workshop offered at the conference, all city officials are invited to attend. This year, the clerk track will include the following workshops:
  • Interest Income: What is That? (Thursday, 9-10 a.m.)
  • Council Rules of Procedure (Thursday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.)
  • City Services Online 101 (Thursday, 2:15-3:15 p.m.)
  • Iowa Wage Law (Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • How We Can Work in a Drama-Free Zone (Friday, 9:15-10 a.m.)

The city clerk track is part of the conference's overall workshop schedule, which includes more than 40 options that cover a wide range of municipal government issues. See the full conference schedule to learn about these workshops and register for the conference.


Great Slate of Workshops

Monday, June 23, 2014

The 2014 League Annual Conference & Exhibit, September 24-26 in Council Bluffs, includes a wide variety of workshops that promise quality training and education for all attendees. After joining the Wednesday afternoon workshops and visiting the exhibit hall that evening, attendees will have numerous learning opportunities the next two days.
The Thursday slate includes four sessions that each feature several great workshops. The two morning sessions (9-10 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m.) has workshops on topics such as economic development, improving water quality, nuisance abatement, sustainability and wellness programs.
Following lunch, there are two more sessions (2:15-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.) that offer workshops on a variety of topics, including online city services, financial oversight, open meetings and open records, and public involvement in city projects.
Wrapping up on Friday morning (8-9 a.m.), another strong menu of topics will be offered, including insurance best practices, the challenges of growth with aging infrastructure and service sharing.
With so many different educational offerings some attendees could feel overwhelmed. One tip is to plan ahead by reviewing the full conference schedule. Also, cities sending multiple attendees can cover more ground by joining different workshops.


Learn on the Go: Three Mobile Workshops Offered in Council Bluffs

Friday, June 13, 2014

Each year, the League's Annual Conference and Exhibit provides opportunities for attendees to tour the host city while learning about different facets of municipal government. This year will be no different as three mobile workshops offer a chance see Council Bluffs up close and hear about some great city projects. Here is a preview of the mobile workshops offered this year:
Brownfield Redevelopment: Breathing Life Back Into Neighborhoods (Thursday, Sept. 25, 9-10:30 a.m.)
Take a tour of several Brownfield redevelopment projects the city of Council Bluffs undertook to address underutilized, vacant and abandoned areas of the city. See how the city has effectively worked in these areas to encourage redevelopment and better meet the needs of the community by removing blighted properties, utilizing existing infrastructure and improving the tax base.
Council Bluffs' Full-Service Recycling Center (Thursday, Sept. 25, 10:45-11:45 a.m.)
The Council Bluffs Recycling Center stands as a prime example of a community that strives to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. The comprehensive facility was opened in 1997 and has been growing ever since. It processes curbside materials from nearly 19,000 Council Bluffs households and from seven drop-off recycling sites around the community available to metro area residents. In addition, the recycling center accepts appliances, construction and demolition debris, electronics, household hazardous materials, lumber, tires, tree debris and yard waste. Tour the center and see how the city operates this important community service.
Improving Quality of Life Through Public Art (Thursday, Sept. 25, 2:15-4:30 p.m.)
The partnership between the city of Council Bluffs and the Iowa West Foundation has been instrumental in placing public art throughout the community, helping improve the quality of life while also becoming an essential element for urban development and planning. Hear how the community worked together to form a public art master plan that eventually led to the city becoming home to an outstanding public art collection created by artists who have made their mark worldwide.
The mobile workshops require pre-registration, which can be done when registering for the Annual Conference & Exhibit. Register early, as seats on the bus fill up fast!
More information about the full schedule of workshops and other conference events is also available. 

Wednesday Can’t Be Missed

Monday, June 09, 20

The first day of the League’s Annual Conference and Exhibit is bursting with events to educate and opportunities to network with other city officials.
  • Attend workshops about cybersecurity for you and your city or one on leading local government.
  • Pre-register for the Networking Best Ball Golf Tournament, an add-on activity.
  • ​Suit-up for the Welcome Reception in the football-themed exhibit hall.
For more information about these and other conference activities—like mobile workshops or the Annual Fun Run/Walk—visit the conference page of this site.
This year’s Annual Conference & Exhibit is September 24-26 at Council Bluff’s Mid-America Center. A printable registration form and online registration are available online.


Conference Registration Available

Monday, June 02, 2014

Registration  is now open for the 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibit. Join other cities from across the state on September 24-26 in Council Bluffs. Register early to receive a reduced rate!

Your city should receive copies of this year’s conference brochure within the week. If you’d like more copies, please let us know at mailbox@iowaleague.org or call (515) 244-7282. The delegate brochure, more information and registration is also available on the conference page of our Web site.


Registration Opens Monday, June 2

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Registration for the League’s Annual Conference and Exhibit opens next week on Monday, June 2. Cities should receive copies of the Delegate Brochure in their mailbox later this week. If you’d like more copies, please let us know at mailbox@iowaleague.org or call (515) 244-7282.
The League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit is the largest training in the state designed specifically for Iowa’s elected and appointed city officials. The conference also includes ample opportunity to network with peers and learn from one another. Join us September 24-26 in Council Bluffs to review and expand “The City Playbook” at this event planned just for you!
Check the upcoming June issue of Cityscape magazine for more information.