Cities are Vibrant and Innovative
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Cities are vibrant, innovative centers for work, play and life. The Iowa League of Cities wants to help spread that message across Iowa. Help spread the message in your city by participating in the inaugural City Week, October 6-10, 2014.
The impact City Week will have in each community is up to that city. The Iowa League of Cities developed www.cityweekiowa.com to provide ideas and guidance for cities or citizens looking to learn more and participate.
We are excited to promote City Week as part of an ongoing effort to raise public awareness about the services cities perform and to help cities educate their public on how city government works. Join us in promoting good government and highlighting the many services city governments provide and your city’s contributions to a better quality of life in Iowa.
Learn more on the City Week Web site, www.cityweekiowa.com and on page 18 of the April issue of the League’s Cityscape magazine.
U.S. Communities Offers Cities Potential Cost Savings
Monday, April 14, 2014
A League Endorsed Program, U.S. Communities is a national nonprofit cooperative purchasing program that provides local governments competitively bid contracts for a wide variety of goods and services. There are no user fees to use the program and cities can save on time and administrative costs through contracts that have already been through a competitive bid process. Combining the purchasing power of the thousands of public agencies across the country also leads to significant discounts on vendor prices.
There are numerous contracts and suppliers to choose from including Home Depot, Cintas, Graybar, Carquest, Hertz, Tapco and Independent Stationers. Cities can purchase their hardware supplies, office supplies, equipment rentals, office furniture, auto parts and more through these and other contracts and see real savings.
Getting started is easy as cities can register on the U.S. Communities Web site and start shopping immediately by going to the U.S. Communities Marketplace, where you can search over 1 million products and services.
Damage Prevention Summit
Friday, April 11, 2014
This year’s 6th Annual Damage Prevention Summit is a free, educational event for anyone interested in industry Best Practices and preventing damage to crucial underground facilities. The Summit, held April 29-30, brings together the best in the Excavation and Damage Prevention Industry to exchange the latest information and technology available to promote work place safety and communication. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in CPR/first aid workshop, trenching and shoring competent worker workshop, locate rodeo, exhibits, and hear from national and regional leaders in damage prevention.
2014 League Webinar Series Continues
Friday, April 11, 2014
The next event in the 2014 League Webinar Series will be held Thursday, April 17 with Council Meeting Decorum and Procedures. The webinar will begin at 6:00 p.m. and review best practices as well as ideas for rules and procedures that will help improve your city council meetings.
The League Webinar Series includes nine webinars throughout the year that provide education and training on various topics. Please view the full schedule of webinars as we will cover a wide range of topics important to city officials.
Each webinar costs $35 and will be archived on the League's Web site for later viewing.
Spring 2014 Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The dates and locations for the Spring 2014 Planning and Zoning for Local Officials workshops hosted by Iowa State University have been set:
- Monday, March 31, 2014 | Okoboji, Arrowwood Resort
- Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Carroll, Carrollton Inn
- Monday, April 7, 2014 | Decorah, Hotel Winneshiek
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | Clear Lake, Best Western Holiday Lodge
- Monday, April 14, 2014 | Cedar Rapids, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
- Monday, April 21, 2014 | Sioux City, Bev’s on the River
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | Creston, Supertel Inn and Conference Center
All workshops begin with registration and a light meal at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. and concludes by 8:45 p.m. The registration fee is $65 per individual. This fee is reduced to $50 per individual if a city or county registers 5 or more officials to attend. The fee covers the workshop instruction, workshop materials, and meal.
Registration is available exclusively online. Click on the “Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “Register Online Here” link. When you register you will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email.
More information about registration is posted on that page. For registration questions contact (515) 294-6222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other information about the workshops please contact:
Linda Doering at (515) 294-8707 or email@example.com
Online Registration Now Open for 2014 Small City Workshops
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Online registration is now available for the 2014 Small City Workshops
, which will be held in June at six locations around the state. This year's topics are Human Resources Management for the Small City and The Balancing Act: Diversifying Revenues and Becoming More Efficient. The workshops run 5:30-8 p.m.; the cost is $35 and includes dinner. Below are the dates and locations:
- June 3 – Primghar
- June 5 – Sheffield
- June 10 – Earlville
- June 12 – Wellman
- June 17 – Oakland
- June 19 – Madrid
Wetland Delineation Training Class
Monday, April 07, 2014
A Wetland Delineation Training class will be held at the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center on June 9-13. The Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service teamed up to teach the Corps 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual with the Midwest Regional Supplement. This week long class will teach the basics of what a wetland delineation is, vegetation, soils and hydrology indicators, how to fill out data sheets for a delineation submitted to the Corps, how to tackle difficult sites and much much more. This class is ideal for those who deal with the Corps Regulatory Program or are tasked with the identification of wetland boundaries and delineation. This class has daily field trips and appropriate field attire is required. Cost is approximately $250.
For more information, please contact Albert Frohlich with the Rock Island District Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch at (309) 794-5859 or Albert.J.Frohlich@usace.army.mil.
Keep Iowa Beautiful Annual Conference to be Held May 7
Friday, April 04, 2014
Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) will hold its 10th annual conference May 7 at the Webster City Community Theatre. This year's conference theme is "Moving Forward: Creating a New Identity...at Home, Work and Where You Live" and will feature keynote speaker James T. Dittoe, author of 90 Days to a Winning Community. Dittoe has more than 30 years of experience in community and economic development. In 1994 he founded Winning Communities, Inc. to help cities, towns and counties across America envision the future.
Workshops planned for the conference include art in rural communities, creating a new identity, rivers and water trails, community tree planning, planting and care, hometown pride, K-12 service learning, and Keep America Beautiful.
The day-long conference is a great opportunity for community leaders and volunteers to share and learn ways to build stronger communities. Early registration (before April 25) is $25 for KIB members, $35 for non-members and $10 for students. This includes lunch, breaks and conference materials.
Stormwater Design Webinar Series Begins April 8
Friday, April 04, 2014
The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) and the Iowa Storm Water Education Program (ISWEP) will be holding a Stormwater Design Webinar Series over the next several months that will feature information and guidance on various aspects of stormwater programs. Below is the schedule for the series:
- April 8 | Unified Sizing Criteria - Small Storms & LID Hydrology
- May 13 | Infiltration Based Practices - What’s New in the ISWMM
- June 10 | Conservation Sub-Division Design 101: From the Owner/Developer, Consulting Engineer and Municipal Planner’s Point of View
- August 12 | Detention Basin Double-Duty: Retrofits That Manage Water Quality
- September 9 | Calculating Pollutant Load & Volume Reductions with Center for Watershed Protection’s and EPA National Storm Water Calculators
- October 14 | Regional Detention Basins & Constructed Wetlands for Stormwater Management & Recreational Opportunities
- November 11 | Working Upstream in the Watershed - Turning to our Agriculture Neighbors for Flood Control with SRF Sponsored Project Funding
Each webinar will run 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $35 (or buy access to all 7 for $210). More information and online registration is available on the IAMU Web site.
Expanding Your Funding Options: Potential for SSMID
Thursday, April 03, 2014
In partnership with the University of Iowa’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities Program, the Iowa Downtown Resource Center will be hosting a webinar at noon on Monday, April 21 entitled “Expanding Your Funding Options: Potential for SSMID.”
Once a self-supported municipal improvement district (SSMID) is established an additional tax levy is imposed on property within the district. The added revenues can be used for improvements to the district. SSMID is a topic on many communities’ minds right now; whether that is through strengthening the case for an existing SSMID or the investigation of creating a new SSMID district.
The webinar will feature an overview of a toolkit for SSMID creation, including highlights from case studies of five Iowa SSMIDs. The toolkit encompasses the process of SSMID creation from boundary and budget planning to methods and process for community outreach and how to evaluate the success of a SSMID program.
This project was completed through a partnership of the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District, the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities and students from The University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning. Presenters are University of Iowa’s M.S. Urban and Regional Planning Candidates: Catherine Dunn, Katie Gieszler, Aaron Kline, Peter Jordet and Sidney Noyce. Register at https://student.gototraining.com/r/5324746054172103424
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The League is offering our monthly Cityscape magazine electronically, as well as in paper. View the April 2014 edition.
Take the time to chose your subscription preference: print, electronic or both. Unless action is taken, your subscription will continue to note a preference for print. Visit www.iowaleague.org to change your preference.
HSEMD Announces Trainings
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) announce several trainings designed primarily for city employees:
Basic Public Information Officer Training
This 2-day training will equip participants with the basic skills needed to be a full or part-time Public Information Officer. Topics covered will include oral and written communications, understanding and working with the media and basic tools and techniques. Training will occur in Belmond on July 30-31.
Critical Employee Emergency Planning
The goal of this training is to help give your agency the necessary tools to help prepare your critical employees and their families before, during and after a disaster. Training will occur in Belmond on July 29.
Incident Command System (ICS) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Interface
This 1-day course is designed to be delivered to incident commanders, command and emergency operations center personnel from the same community. Exercises and group discussions are used extensively to allow participants to begin developing an interface plan for their jurisdiction. Training will occur in Waterloo on June 17.
Additional information and online registration is available on the HSEMD Web site.
2014 Iowa SMART Conference to be Held May 1
Monday, March 31, 2014
The 2014 Iowa SMART Conference will be held Thursday, May 1 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des Moines. The annual conference is co-sponsored by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Utility Association and is designed for economic development professionals, community leaders, elected officials, chamber of commerce executives and business leaders.
The all-day conference features general sessions, networking opportunities and workshops that address critical economic development topics, such as local government financing, housing, broadband/connectivity, community improvement and tourism.
More information and online registration is available at the SMART Conference Web site.
IAMU Offers Consumer Confidence Report Training
Monday, March 31, 2014
The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) is holding six workshops across the state in April to to assist water system employees with preparing the annual Consumer Confidence Report. City water utilities are required to file the report by July 1 of each year, and the process can be time consuming. The goal for the workshops is to have each attendee leave with a draft or final copy of their report.
The workshops will be held at the following locations:
- April 16 - Mason City
- April 17 - North Liberty
- April 22 - Ankeny
- April 23 - Independence
- April 24 - Alta
- April 25 - Atlantic
More details and online registration is available on the IAMU Web site.
Pyrotechnics Guild International
Monday, March 31, 2014
The Iowa chapter of the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) has scheduled a PGI Display Operator Certification (DOC) Course. The course is designed to meet the need for both a "basic" course in fireworks display safety and as the first step in an optional certification process which, when completed, results in the successful trainee becoming a PGI Certified Display Operator.
The course closely adheres to well-established Shoot Site Safety Practices and to the Safety Guidelines of the PGI and is congruent with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes 1123 & 1124. These two codes cover the Transportation, Handling, Storage of 1.3G Display Fireworks and the Planning, Setup and Operation of 1.3G Displays. IMWCA recommends members engaged in fireworks displays receive this training.
When:Saturday, April 26
Where: Fairfax Fire Department, 525 Vanderbilt St, Fairfax, IA
Cost: $80, $70 for recertification, ($30/$25 if you have textbook)
To learn more or to register for the class email Mark Woodburn