In The News

  • 2019 Community Broadband Summit to be Held March 12 

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    ​Cities are welcome to attend the 2019 Community Broadband Summit, which will be held March 12 in Urbandale. The summit brings together community leaders and activists who want better broadband for their communities. 

    This year's agenda includes discussion on municipal broadband development, pathways to better broadband, rural broadband development and more. Online registration is required, which is available on the Community Broadband Summit website.

  • IAWEA Collection Sysetm Conference set for March 6-8 

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    ​The Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA) will hold its annual Collection Systems Conference March 6-8 in Marshalltown. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn about utility collection system issues, including storm response best practices, building a smart sewer, asset management and much more.

    The conference also offers operators 1.2 CEUs for certification requirements. Additional information and online registration is available on the IAWEA website.

  • Water and Waste Water Operator CEU Deadline is March 31 

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    Water and wastewater operators are reminded that their current certificates will expire June 30 and renewal applications must be submitted prior to the deadline. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for renewals must be earned by March 31. Operators of Grade A, I and II level systems must earn at least one CEU; operators of Grade III and IV level systems must earn at least two CEUs.

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) maintains an Operator Certification database for each operator's individual details regarding their certificate and training. Operators may also use the system to apply for their renewal certificate and make an online payment.
  • Business Analytics Symposium - Government Analytics Track 

    Monday, February 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.​
  • Excavation Safety Workshops 

    Monday, February 11, 2019

    Registration is now open for the 2019 Excavation Safety Workshops hosted by the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The workshops explain the hazards of excavation and trenching and provide assurance that all relevant duties of a competent person at an excavation site will be fully covered and explained. Information and links for registration for these workshops can be found online​.

    The workshop dates and locations are:

    • Davenport | April 8
    • Tripoli | April 9
    • Storm Lake | April 10
    • Atlantic | April 11
    • Knoxville | April 12
  • 2019 All-Star Community Award 

    Monday, February 11, 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.​​​

  • Community Arts Grants Available 

    Monday, February 11, 2019

    ​Grant funding is available through a variety of programs at the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs that support public art initiatives. Each grant has an application deadline of May 1 and offer support to cities and nonprofit organizations through the following programs:

    • Art Project Grant
      Helps fund the creation and presentation of an original work of art, arts experience or arts learning opportunity, and must demonstrate public value to Iowans through public engagement and access to project activities. Grant awards of $1,000 to $10,000 will be made with a required matching amount.
    • Capacity Building Grant
      Provides general operating support to arts and cultural organizations with annual revenue less than $150,000 that demonstrate an exemplary record of cultural and managerial excellence and community service. Grant recipients will be awarded $5,000.
    • Cultural and Entertainment District Program
      Recognizes well-identified, walkable, mixed-use, compact areas of a city or county that are anchored by a high concentration of cultural facilities. Designation is an achievement, intended to formally recognize that an existing locale is an acknowledged cultural destination.
    • Cultural Heritage Project Grant
      Supports opportunities for cultural growth in Iowa by investing in community projects that positively impact the cultural vitality of the state, demonstrate public value and support quality jobs for Iowans. Grant awards of $1,000 to $10,000 will be made with a required matching amount.
  • Community Thrives - USA Today Grant 

    Friday, February 08, 2019

    Do you have an amazing idea for how to improve your community? Consider applying for a Community Thrives grant​ through the USA Today Network. Applications are due Febreary 28.​

    Applicants must be a municipality or a 501(c)3 organization.
  • Bi-State Alternative Energy Conference 

    Friday, February 08, 2019

    Is your community ready for renewable energy? It does more than power homes and businesses.

    In recent years, alternative energy has become a robust economic engine that generates jobs and tax revenue.

    Learn more about best practices that will position your community to maximize benefits and how to avoid permitting headaches at the Bi-State Alternative Energy Conference, to be held Tuesday, March 5.

    Register and learn more​ online. ​​

  • Essentials of QGIS Workshop 

    Tuesday, February 05, 2019

    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a full-day workshop, Essentials of QGIS, April 25 in Ames. QGIS is a free and open source mapping application for editing, displaying, querying and analyzing map data, as well as creating map layouts. The course is intended for both new and experienced users of geographic information systems (GIS) and will offer a hands-on introduction to the essentials of the new and improved QGIS 3.x software and the basics of GIS processing. Registration is $80 per person. 

    The last day to register is Friday April 19, and more information is available online.​
  • Cityscape ePub 

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    The League's electronic Cityscape magazine for the February 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.​​

  • 2019 Iowa Employment Conference Coming in April 

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    ​The 2019 Iowa Employment Conference will be held April 3-4 at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona. The conference offers more than 50 informative, interactive and educational sessions delivered by some of the top employment lawyers, payroll professionals and workforce development leaders. Featured topics include the latest developments in labor and employment law, health care reform, discipline and discharge, workplace wellness, unemployment insurance, wage and hour laws, and much more.

    The conference includes a track for public sector employers and offers CLEs and IMFOA education credits. Additional information, along with online registration, is available on the Iowa Employment Conference website. Early bird registration ends March 1.

  • State Fire School to be Held February 23-24 

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    ​The 95th Annual State Fire School will be held February 23-24 in Ames. The conference offers a wide variety of classes, including managing fire departments, using drones in the fire service, funding and accounting for fire activities, emergency response services, flood response, hazardous materials, leadership development, improving firefighter fitness, confined space rescue and much more.

    Hosted by the Fire Service Training Bureau and the State Fire Marshal, the school provides a variety of training credits for firefighter certifications. Additional information, including a full schedule of classes and online registration, is available on the Fire Service Training Bureau​ website.​

  • APWA 2019 Spring Conference 

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    The American Public Works Association (APWA) Iowa Chapter is hosting its annual Spring Conference April 4-5 in West Des Moines. 

    Registration is open for this event that brings together all levels of public works professionals: directors, engineers, supervisors/managers and operators, as well as those who aspire to be in the field. Learn more and register online​.
  • Iowa Land and Water Conservation Funds Offers Grant Opportunities 

    Saturday, February 02, 2019

    ​Cities are eligible to receive funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The federally-funded program helps cities acquire and develop outdoor recreation areas with a 50 percent matching contribution. Those awarded funding receive reimbursements for eligible costs under the grant. Also, applicants must have physical control of the site in order for the project to be eligible.

    A wide variety of projects are eligible under the program. Recent years have included skate parks, playgrounds, new and renovated swimming pools, sports complexes, campgrounds, and multipurpose trails. Applications are due March 15, and additional information is available on the Land and Water Conservation Fund website.​