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Workshops and Events

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  • Annual Conference & Exhibit
  • The League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit is largest event in the state geared specifically toward the needs of Iowa’s elected and appointed municipal officials. Held in September of each year, the conference includes workshops, an exhibit hall and unique networking opportunities. Due to its broad appeal, the conference is attended by nearly 500 officials each year.
  • Budget Workshops
  • The Budget Workshops are designed for city clerks and finance officers, but are open to all city officials. The workshops, which take place in November and December of each year, provide the information necessary to build a strong foundation of budget knowledge and provide an overview of state requirements for the budget process.
  • Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA)
  • The Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA) is presented biennially in partnership with the Office of State and Local Government Programs at Iowa State University. The training begins after the regular municipal elections in odd-numbered years, offering both elected and appointed city officials an opportunity to better understand municipal government.
  • Small City Workshops
  • Each summer, the League hosts Small City Workshops across the state. The topics and information presented at these workshops are geared toward the specific needs of Iowa's small cities, although anyone is welcome to attend.
  • My Legislative Day
  • In order to develop more direct relationships between cities and the legislators that represent them, this year we are introducing My Legislative Day. The League will work with you to schedule a day where you can discuss your city's issues with your legislators and have an in-depth conversation about active legislation. We hope that this will help foster a closer relationship between your city and the legislators that represent you at the capitol.
  • Webinars
  • The League offers web-based training for its members on YouTube.
  • Iowa League of Cities Bags & Golf Tourney
  • All city officials and those that work with cities are invited to participate in the Iowa League of Cities Bags & Golf Tourney! In addition to being a great networking opportunity, the outing serves as a major fundraiser for the Tim Shields Endowment, which supports the education and development of local government officials.
  • Nuisance Abatement Conference
  • Effectively managing nuisance abatement can help rebuild homes and buildings, return dormant properties to an active use and restore community pride.
  • The Square: League Podcast
  • The Square, your podcast from the Iowa league of Cities, brings current and important topics for communities across the state to your city square. Episodes are released monthly.

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