In The News

  • 2020 Annual Conference Wrap Up 

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    ​The League thanks all attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors for making our 2020 Virtual Annual Conference a success! Despite holding the conference in an unprecedented fashion, we were able to offer valuable education, networking, and meetings with exhibitors while also conducting official business of the League.

    Please visit the conference webpage to access various resources, including presentations and handouts from workshops, an attendee news release template, the attendee survey and more. And be sure to stay tuned as we make announcements regarding the 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibit! ​

  • Federal Trails Funding Available Through Iowa DOT 

    Tuesday, September 08, 2020

    ​The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting applications for funding through the Federal Recreational Trails program. Funding is available to support the development and enhancement of local and regional trail systems. The program is restricted to the acquisition, construction, or improvement of recreational trails open for public use or trails, which will be dedicated public use upon completion. Funds may not be used to improve roads for general passenger vehicle use or to provide shoulders or sidewalks along roads.

    Applications are due October 1 and additional information is available on the Federal Recreational Trails program web page.​​​​

  • Cityscape ePub 

    Tuesday, September 01, 2020

    The League's electronic Cityscape magazine for the September 2020​​​​​ ​​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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • COVID-19 Expense Reimbursement Guidance 

    Tuesday, August 04, 2020

    Governor Reynolds announced COVID-19 Expense Reimbursements​ as a way to distribute CARES Act dollars to local governments. The State has developed an early guidance brief for cities to understand the local government relief fund. Please keep watch for additional information.  
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  • NLC Announces Virtual 2020 City Summit 

    Monday, August 03, 2020

    It’s official! The National League of Cities (NLC) is excited to announce that the 2020 City Summit conference is going virtual! The decision to go virtual with the largest event of the year was not taken lightly. NLC has been closely monitoring the ever-changing situation throughout the country, keeping track of state and local guidance, and most importantly, keeping the health and safety of members at the forefront of every decision.

  • IStorm 2020 Virtual Conference to be Held October 28-29 

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    ​The Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership will host IStorm 2020, a virtual conference scheduled for October 28-29. The conference is a new, comprehensive event for all aspects of the stormwater industry. Attendees can expect presentations on MS4 implementation, floodplain management, erosion and sediment control, and stormwater design and planning.

    City employees, elected officials, engineers, landscape architects, floodplain managers, watershed and conservation staff, sediment and erosion control professionals and others will benefit from the conference.​​​

  • League COVID-19 Finance Research Report 

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

    ​The League's new research report, City Finance Amid COVID-19​, takes a look at how the pandemic has impacted local city finance in Iowa.​​
  • League Partners on ISU Study on Great Recession Economic Recovery and Lessons for COVID-19 

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

    ​The League partnered on a study​ led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Office of Community and Economic Development​ that examines the impacts on city finance of the Great Recession and provides potential lessons as we navigate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.​​​​​​​
  • Iowa DOT Research Ideas Website 

    Tuesday, July 07, 2020

    The Iowa DOT research department has a new website, where users may submit new research ideas.

    The Iowa DOT research department's goal is to drive a quality program that delivers targeted solutions for Iowa's transportation future. Areas of focus include safety, mobility, accessibility, technology, and sustainability of economic, social, and environmental progress.  Whether you want to get involved in our research, already have an approved project in the works, or simply want to learn more about the team, visit the new website for more information.
  • Iowa Government Finance Initiative City Reports 

    Thursday, June 04, 2020

    ISU Extension and Outreach, Community and Economic Development just released the Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI) Annual Fiscal Condition Reports FY 2019 customized for all 942 cities in the state. Developed using the most currently available data, the reports are a valuable tool to assist in better understanding the financial condition of cities, and self-selected peers, and aid in decision making. The reports can be accessed on the IGFI website.
  • Local Option Sales Tax Information 

    Monday, June 01, 2020

    The Department of Revenue (IDR) has received questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on local option sales tax collections. They have been monitoring and will continue to monitor the situation. At this time, IDR has decided not to make any adjustments to the current monthly estimates for Fiscal Year 2020. For more information, visit their FAQ page​.​​
  • Union Pacific Grant 

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Union Pacific's Community Ties Giving Local Grants program is open for applications. Given the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, additional funds will be allocated to organizations seeking funding to address critical community needs associated with COVID-19. We will still fund grants in our priority cause areas of safety, workforce development and community spaces. Applications are due May 31.​​​

  • ReConnect Loan and Grant Program Extends Deadline 

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    The Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window for the second round of funding is now open, and applications are being accepted until April 15​.
  • Governor Reynolds Issued State of Public Health Disaster Emergency 

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Governor Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at 12 p.m., March 17. 

    Press Release​ on State of Public Health Disaster Emergency.

  • Is Your City Update Done? 

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    Since the November election, the League has been working with city clerks to update city official contact information. We're preparing to publish the League's bi-annual City Directory this spring, so we're trying to get this update from every city in Iowa before the end of January. We've made good progress so far, but this information does change frequently. On January 13, we sent the second notice to cities that have not responded and sent postal mailings to those without working emails. After January 20, League staff will be calling those cities we haven't been able to contact. If you're questioning whether we've gotten your city information updated, email​​​​​