Awards

  • Certified Elected Municipal Official
  • To recognize elected officials who are committed to continuing their professional development as elected officials, the Iowa League of Cities established the Certified Elected Municipal Official (CEMO) program. This voluntary recognition program allows attendees to build towards the CEMO designation while receiving meaningful, informative and useful information on topics that expand the elected official's knowledge and capabilities.
  • All-Star Community Awards
  • With the All-Star Community Awards program, the Iowa League of Cities seeks to acknowledge and encourage excellence in local government. The program provides an opportunity for officials and staff of member cities to receive recognition for their superior and innovative efforts.

  • Hall of Fame Award
  • The League Hall of Fame Award was created to recognize individuals who have provided extraordinary public service to the League and local government.
  • Rhonda Wood Smith Award
  • The Rhonda Wood Smith Award was created to recognize exemplary work of young city officials and those new to city government.
  • Legislative Service Awards
  • By creating the Legislative Service Awards in 2010, the League shows its appreciation to legislators who have made extraordinary efforts on behalf of Iowa’s cities and who have demonstrated their willingness not only to engage, but also to lead the way for cities in Iowa. Legislators are chosen because they have demonstrated effort to work on city legislation, dedication to League issues, or responsiveness to League advocates and members, during the past session. The League wants to thank these exceptional lawmakers for their dedicated service to cities.
  • If I Were Mayor
  • In August each year, the Iowa League of Cities launches the “If I Were Mayor…” essay contest for 7th graders. The contest is promoted to 7th grade English and Social Studies teachers. Winners receive a $250 college scholarship at the League's Annual Legislative Day event.