In The News

  • Cities in the News 

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    ​The Iowa League of Cities collects news articles from the week to share with our members. Cities are doing great things around the state, and we want to celebrate your success with you. If your city is in the news please share it with us at     

    Note: The articles compiled above come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content. Iowa League of Cities staff did not participate in writing any of these articles and Iowa League of Cities does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles. Some articles may be available only by subscription. All cities in the news will not be featured each week.​​

  • CBAN Webinar to Detail 5G Small Cell Siting 

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    ​The Community Broadband Action Network (CBAN) will host 5G and Small Cell: What Cities Need To Know, a webinar scheduled for March 28 at noon. Ken Demlow of HR Green will review the FCC's order outlining what cities must do to enact local control over the siting of 5G and small cell wireless facilities. That order is due to go into effect on April 15th, and many communities may not have addressed the issue yet. The webinar is limited to 100 attendees and advance registration is required. 

    For more information on the FCC's order and possible impacts on cities, visit for an article on the topic.

  • Are you Leaving Funds on the Table? 

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    ​Join the IEMSA EMS NON-Billers Workshop, April 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn Event Center – West Des Moines.

    This important Workshop will help those Iowa EMS Services that are NOT currently billing for EMS services. IEMSA’s GEMT Consultant, Karla McHenry, Doug Wolfberg, Michelle Smith of PCC and IEMSA Board members with deep knowledge of billing will walk you through the benefits and pitfalls of billing. They will also step you through your options and eligibility to get started pulling in some of the reimbursement funds available to EMS Services in Iowa. NATIONAL SPEAKER: Doug Wolfberg is a founding member of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth (PWW), and one of the best known EMS attorneys and consultants in the United States. Widely regarded as the nation’s leading EMS law firm, PWW represents private, public and non-profit EMS organizations, as well as billing software manufacturers and others that serve the nation’s ambulance industry.

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2pm-5:30pm - $10/pp

    • Overview of the Non-Billers DATA from BETS—Doug Wolfberg + Mark McCulloch
    • GEMT—Eligibility Definition—What it is and Who is Eligible—Karla McHenry + Doug Wolfberg
    • Is “Billing for EMS Services” for you? —Michelle Smith, Nella Sievert, Gary Merrill                                                                                            
      - The ABC’s of Setting up an EMS Billing System in Iowa
      - What are your options to Start Billing --the Benefits and Pitfalls.

    Questions? – Lisa Arndt – IEMSA Office Manager – 515-225-8079 or

  • 2019 All-Star Community Award 

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Use that great project from 2018 to apply for the League’s 2019 All-Star Community Award. The 2019 award recognizes city projects implemented or completed in the 2018 calendar year. Applications are due April 5 and can be filled out online.

    More information about the award as well as applications from winners and other city projects are also available online​

    Winning city will be announced this summer and recognized at the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit in Dubuque.​​​​​

  • Business Analytics Symposium - Government Analytics Track 

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    This year's Business Analytics Symposium by Iowa State University​ features a new Government Analytics Track. It will be held in Des Moines on April 2. This event has sold out each of its three years.  Sign up today to learn more about smart/data-driven decisions topics in government.​​
  • Main Street Iowa Recognizes Numerous Communities 

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    ​The Main Street Iowa program at the Iowa Economic Development Authority recently held its annual awards celebration to honor outstanding accomplishments, activities and people making a difference in downtown districts. Projects large and small are recognized and serve as examples representing successful historic commercial district revitalization.

    The 2019 award recipients included communities from around the state that have reached significant milestones, while two cities received special recognition. The community of Mount Vernon received the “Spirit of Main Street” for demonstrating the true program intent. The city of Dubuque and the Dubuque Main Street Program received the “Signature Project” award for the Steeple Square Project in Dubuque’s historic commercial district.

    Since 1986 the Main Street Iowa program has helped create a net gain of more than nearly 15,000 jobs while nearly $2 billion of investment has occurred in building projects around the state.
  • Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute Scholarship Deadline is Approaching 

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    The Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute (MPI) and the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) have tuition scholarships available for 2019 on a reimbursable basis. 

    MPI scholarships​ are open to ALL Iowa municipal clerks or staff, and IMFOA scholarships are open to members of IMFOA (see for details on membership). 

    To be eligible for a tuition reimbursement scholarship participants must demonstrate their city’s support to attend, register for and successfully complete at least 30 hours of classes. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m., April 1. Please email or mail your completed application and the resolution of support from the city council to: Cindy Hopton [formerly Stuve], Office of State and Local Government Programs, Iowa State University Extension, 2321 N. Loop Drive, Suite 121, Ames, IA 50010-8218 or email to

  • IISC Selects Keokuk as Next Community Partner 

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    ​The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) at the University of Iowa (UI) recently announced that Keokuk was selected as its next community partner. The partnership will take place during the 2019-20 academic year with IISC providing support through students, faculty and staff across multiple colleges and departments at the university. Keokuk has identified public health projects, downtown redevelopment planning, marketing projects, trail connectivity, stormwater mitigation and more as areas to be addressed.

    The IISC is a campus-wide, engaged learning program housed in the Provost’s Office of Outreach & Engagement at the University of Iowa. The IISC pursues a dual mission of enhancing quality of life in Iowa while transforming teaching and learning at the university. IISC is currently completing a year-long partnership in Webster City where more than 120 UI students are working to complete 20 projects with the community.

  • Motor Grader Operator Training 

    Friday, March 08, 2019

    Registration is now open for the 2019 Motor Grader Operator Training (MoGO) workshops through the Iowa Local Techn​ical Assistance Program (LTAP​).

    MoGO is a one or two day program led by experienced operators. Day one is a classroom session. Day two is an optional field day session in which instructors travel to students' site to advise them on the use of their equipment. All motor grader operators and their supervisors are encouraged to attend.

    The dates and locations for this year's workshops are:
    • April 30, Keokuk County Extension Office, Sigourney
    • May 7, Cass County Community Center, Atlantic
    • May 14, Clay County Events Center, Spencer
    • May 21, Waverly Civic Center, Waverly
    • May 29, Iowa State University Alumni Center, Ames

  • Cityscape ePub 

    Monday, March 04, 2019

    The League's electronic Cityscape magazine for the March 2019  issue has been released.

    Take the time to select your subscription preference: print, electronic or both. Unless action is taken, your subscription will continue to note a preference for print. Visit to change your preference.​​

  • Congratulations to the If I Were Mayor Essay Contest Winners! 

    Monday, March 04, 2019

    ​Congratulations to the winners of this year's If I Were Mayor Essay Contest! The annual contest asks 7th graders from across Iowa how they would make their city a better place to live. We received nearly 900 essays this year, and we applaud the winner's essays as well as all of the entries from around the state - they illustrate thoughtful, compassionate, innovative and yes, sometimes funny, ideas for improving our communities.

    • Statewide Winner - Larae Steiner, Mediapolis Middle School
    • Northeast Regional Winner - Ella Strand, Oelwein Middle School
    • Northwest Regional Winner - Megan Dunlap, Emmetsburg Catholic School
    • Southeast Regional Winner - Alyssa Ferdig, WACO Middle School
    • Southwest Regional Winner - Adin Huet, West Central Valley Middle School

    The four regional winners along with the statewide winner were recently recognized by Governor Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Gregg at an event at the State Capitol (please see the League's Facebook page for photos of the event). Each of the regional winners received a $250 scholarship prize while the statewide winner received $500.

    The League also thanks Snyder & Associates for their continued support of the If I Were Mayor Essay Contest!

  • Earth Day 2019 

    Monday, March 04, 2019

    Local governments have always been at the center of Earth Day activities and play an essential role in engaging and educating the public.

    Earth Day 2019 is April 22, and the Earth Day Network has designed a Toolkit for Cities and Local Leaders that contains ideas for actions, examples of successful initiatives, media tools, and other resources to help municipalities participate in Earth Day 2019's Protect Our Species campaign.

    Learn more at

  • Main Street Iowa Application Workshops Coming in April 

    Friday, March 01, 2019

    The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program will host three regional workshops in April for communities interested in applying for Main Street Iowa program designation in 2019. The application workshops provide an overview of the program, the application, the competitive designation process and strategies to complete the application. Communities interested in applying for Main Street Iowa designation in 2019 are required to have local representation at one of these workshops.

    April 3 - State Center
    April 4 - Manning
    April 9 - Elkader

    Please contact Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa State Coordinator, for more information relating to Main Street Iowa or the application workshops ( or (515) 348-6184).

  • Low Cost Safety Improvement Workshops 

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    ​Registration is now open for Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program's (LTAP) Low Cost Safety Improvement Workshops. These workshops provide tools and knowledge to help evaluate safety issues and select appropriate low cost improvements that enhance the safety of roads and highways. The subjects covered will include roadway segments and curves, roadsides, and unsignalized and signalized intersections. Data sources to evaluate roadway safety are discussed, along with a synthesis of countermeasures and associated crash reduction factors (CRFs). Information and links for registration for these free workshops can be found online​
    Workshop dates and locations are:
    Ames – Monday, April 8
    Cedar Rapids – Thursday, April 11
    Waverly – Friday, April 12
    Atlantic - Wednesday, April 24
    Storm Lake – Thursday, April 25
  • Iowa DNR Offers Free Tree Seedlings for Communities with Emerald Ash Borer 

    Monday, February 25, 2019

    ​The Urban Forestry division at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently received a grant that will provide free tree seedlings from the State Forest Nursery to communities that have Emerald Ash Borer. The nursery has about 40 different tree species available that can be picked up onsite in Ames or shipped free. The trees can be planted anywhere there is space and a suitable site within city limits.


    Interested communities are asked to complete the Spring 2019 Seedling Giveaway application, available on the Urban Forestry website. ​​​