In The News

  • Creating a culture of engagement webinar 

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Join the National Civic League to learn how to create a culture of engagement in your community. Thursday, September 19th at 11 a.m.​ This webinar gives participants tools and practical examples on how to create a culture of engagement. Doug Linkhart will give an overview of the National Civic League's tool, the Civic Index, and Cori Burbach will discuss examples of how Dubuque has engaged its community over a prolonged period of time.​​​
  • Cities in the News 

    Monday, September 16, 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Annual Conference & Exhibit App 

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Download the “Iowa League of Cities 2019” event app before you travel to Dubuque. The app includes a customizable event schedule, exhibitor and speaker information, workshop handouts, a way to network with attendees, surveys and more. The app will continue to be updated throughout the conference and will provide the most up-to-date information. 

    Download the FREE app from the Google Play and Apple Store! ​​​​

  • Iowa Trails Summit in October 

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Have a trail? Want a trail? Join the 2019 Iowa Trails Summit, Oct. 10-11 at Central College in Pella. Regional experts will cover trail development topics ranging from corridor acquisition, engineering and enhancements, to funding, maintenance and marketing. Local trail advocates will share trail success stories. Professional and volunteer trail advocates alike are welcome. Learn more and register at www.iowatrailssummit.comThis event is hosted by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Golden Hills RC&D and Trees Forever​


  • APA Iowa Chapter Conference to be Held October 9-11 

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    ​The Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will holds its annual conference in Iowa City, October 9-11. The conference offers attendees a chance to learn from peers about the latest planning trends and projects from across the state and the Midwest. The conference includes 30 sessions across 3 days, as well as mobile tours, a mentor match session, and multiple networking opportunities.

    Additional information and online registration is available on the APA Iowa Chapter website. ​

  • DOM Updated Data on Commercial and Industrial Replacement Backfill Payments 

    Friday, September 13, 2019

    The​ Iowa Department of Management has released updated information and modeling related to local government commercial and industrial property tax replacement, or backfill, payments for FY2020​.​
  • IPWA Fall Conference Coming in October 

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    ​The Iowa Chapter of the American Public Works Association (Iowa APWA) will host its Fall Conference October 10-11 in Des Moines. The conference provides training and networking opportunities for public works officials from across the state.

    This year's conference includes workshops on a variety of topics, including street maintenance, storm water utility management and neighborhood redevelopment as well as sessions featuring city projects. Additional information and online registration is available on the Iowa APWA website.
  • IMFOA offers two new pre-conference add-on sessions 

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    MFOA offers two new pre-conference add-on sessions: Annual Financial Report and Annual Urban Renewal Report walk-throughs. Each session is $15 each. Learn more:​​​​​
  • FYE18 ISU IGFI Reports Available 

    Monday, September 09, 2019

    Iowa State University Extension & Outreach's Office of Community & Economic Development has released its updated Annual Fiscal Conditions Reports​, FYE 2018 for all cities. In addition to current data, the report has an expanded legislative updates section to allow for understanding how state mandated legislations are impacting municipal budgets.
  • Cityscape ePub 

    Tuesday, September 03, 2019

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

  • People's All-Star Voting Final Four 

    Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    People's All-Star Community Award Final Four voting started on Monday, September 16 to vote with a “like” for your favorite city project. Voting will take place in rounds, city projects with the most likes in the current week’s Facebook photo album will move to the next round. Albums for voting will be posted by 11 a.m. each Monday and voting concludes at 8 a.m. the following Monday, with the exception of the final round which will conclude at noon on Thursday, September 26. The winner of the People’s All-Star Community Award will be announced later that evening at the Awards Banquet during conference.

    The League’s All-Star Community Award promotes, acknowledges and encourages excellence in local government. Winners from each of the three population categories, who were selected by a panel of judges with expertise in the local government, are Kalona, Cedar Falls and Sioux Center/Orange City. Check out the articles in this and future issues of Cityscape magazine to learn more about those winners. Now it’s your turn to choose a winner!

    Follow the League on Facebook and Twitter for updates. #IowaLeague19​

  • IDOT City Bridge Program Offers Funding 

    Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    ​​The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) is accepting requests from cities for funding under the City Bridge Program. The program annually allocates state and federal funds for the purpose of rehabilitating or replacing structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges. The IDOT recently completed its Fiscal Year 2020 allocations and is now accepting requests for the next round of funding. Interested cities should submit a request on city letterhead with the following information:
    • Federal Structural Number (FHWA#)
    • Street name
    • Feature crossed
    • Most recent cost estimate available
    Requests need to be signed by a city official (for example city engineer, public works director, mayor, etc.) and are due prior to October 1. Submit requests to

    If a city has previously placed a bridge on the candidate list that was not selected this year, it will remain on the list until the city is offered and accepts funding or the city requests that IDOT remove a bridge from the candidate list.
  • AURR System Now Available 

    Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    ​The Annual Urban Renewal Report (AURR) filing system is now open on the Iowa Department of Management's Web site. All cities with an urban renewal area must complete and submit the AURR by December 1 of each year. While cities are not required to publish the AURR, they must have the council approve the report before the submission deadline.

    The online reporting system requires a variety of documents to be uploaded in PDF format, including urban renewal plans, maps and amendments. The Legislative Services Agency will mail a letter to each city with its username and password from last year to access the system (these should be the same if your city previously completed a report). A helpful video is also available that provides instructions on completing the report.​​

  • Closing brunch at Annual Conference & Exhibit 

    Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    The closing brunch general session at this year’s Annual Conference & Exhibit will be an open mic session that gives attendees an opportunity to share success stories from their city. The hour promises to be filled with examples of great city management, challenges overcome and a lot of laughter. Attendees will go home with ideas to make their community better and be inspired to make their cities shine.  The closing brunch is sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad​​​​
  • The Square Talks the Value of Training 

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    ​We're back with another fun episode of The Square! This month we focus on the value of training and highlight some important upcoming events hosted by the League. We talk about the 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibit, including some of the great workshops and networking events that attendees can join. We also discuss this fall's Budget Workshops and Municipal Leadership Academy, which will offer important education at workshops around the state (learn more on our Workshops & Events page). We mixed in a few of our favorite stories from the road as well!

    Bill Goldy, the League's Membership Services Coordinator, joins us as a guest host and also gets grilled in the monthly Get to Know Your League segment. We put Mickey on the spot again with the Your Questions Answered segment as he was asked about city election systems. And we wrap up by answering last month's trivia question (What year did IMWCA begin offering coverage?) and ask this month's, In what city did the Red Delicious apple originate?

    Send your trivia answers, questions and comments to