In The News

  • League Staff Out of Office For Conference 

    Monday, September 13, 2021

    It's time for the 2021 Annual Conference and Exhibit! League staff has packed up our gear and will be camping in Coralville for the week. With this in mind, we may be a little slower than usual in responding to calls and emails. Use the free conference app​​, Iowa League of Cities 2021, available in the Google Play and Apple Store, to start planning your conference itinerary. Be sure to post and see photos from the event with #CampCoralville.

    We look forward to seeing everyone in Coralville!

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  • IEDA Rural Leadership Grant Program - Deadline Extended! 

    Tuesday, September 07, 2021

    ​The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) recently announced a new grant opportunity through its Rural Leadership Program. The program provides training, mentorship and funding to rural communities and regions initiating leadership programs. This program is a result of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative’s 2018 Recommendations.

    This $1,000 grant, with a $500 cash match, can be leveraged to launch new leadership programs. The grant program requires participation in a two-day Leadership event to develop a work plan, secure a program mentor, and learn from other communities. This year’s Rural Leadership Exchange & Bootcamp will occur October 26-27, in Newton, Iowa. More information is available on the Rural Leadership Program webpage and the application deadline has been extended to September 30.​​​

     
  • USDA Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program 

    Tuesday, September 07, 2021

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program is being offered as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. It is designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural healthcare services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. This program offers two tracks of funding through its Recovery Grants and Impact Grants. Applications are due on October 12 by 4 p.m. local time.

     
  • The 2021 Annual Conference and Exhibit Begins Next Week! 

    Tuesday, September 07, 2021

    ​The 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibit begins next week as we head to Coralville September 15-17. There is still time to register for those interested in joining us, along with colleagues from around the state. For those already registered, we have a few tips to help get you prepared for Camp Coralville:

    • Be sure to check out the Schedule of Events to start figuring out which workshops to attend, when the Exhibit Hall is open, and when the networking sessions will occur
    • Download the free conference app found in the Google and Apple stores under "Iowa League of Cities 2021." It provides a customizable event schedule, exhibitor and speaker information, workshop presentations and 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.
    • Check out a map of the Iowa River Landing, which is home to the headquartered hotel and convention center (Hyatt Regency Coralville), along with a wide variety of restaurants, bars, shops and stores.

    We look forward to seeing attendees and exhibitors in Coralville! ​​

     
  • 2020 U.S. Census League Redistricting Page 

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    ​The League created a 2020 U.S. Census page​ that will be updated as we get more data, information, and questions answered about the 2020 Census. It is a unique Census in many ways, and we will attempt to keep this updated often. We just added an FAQ about the new Cenus counts. ​​
     
  • Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute Fall Session Registration Open 

    Monday, August 30, 2021

    Registration for the fall session of the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute is now open. The fall session will be held virtually via Zoom, with courses being held in TalentLMS. You can find the brochure, course descriptions, and a link to registration on the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute's website​Questions can be directed to Sara Shonrock at sshonroc@iastate.edu.

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  • 2020 U.S. Census City Numbers and Resources 

    Tuesday, August 17, 2021

    ​The U.S. Census released a dataset containing the 2020 census redistricting data and other data to include city and county population counts and some demographic data. The August 12 release was in a "legacy format." The census is expected to release these data in an official, user-friendly format no later than September 30. The census has indicated that the count data will not change.

    Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Office of Community & Economic Development Programs has created a wealth of information on its 'Indicators Portal​' site related to the 2020 U.S. Census data release and will continue to update this site as new data and analysis becomes available.
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  • Iowa Employment Conference October 20 

    Tuesday, August 10, 2021

    The Iowa Employment Conference​ is hosting a one-day conference on October 20. This one-day conference is offering informative, interactive and educational sessions delivered by some of the top employment lawyers, payroll professionals, workforce development leaders and health/wellness specialists. ​​​

     
  • Vacant State Building Program has Funds Available 

    Monday, July 26, 2021

    The Iowa Economic Development Authority​ (IEDA) has funding available in its Vacant State Building Program designed to mitigate dilapidated, state-owned properties that can be redeveloped for economic development purposes. A total of $750,000 in grants and $750,000 in forgivable loan funds is available to cities or counties with a complete plan to demolish or rehabilitate currently vacant or under-utilized former state-owned facilities. Vacant State Building funds cannot provide more than 50% of the cost of a demolition project. Communities may request both grant and forgivable loan funds for the same project/facility. Priority will be given to communities that have not been a prior recipient of these funds.

    Monies will be awarded on a competitive basis. Grant application forms and instructions are available at iowagrants.gov. Applications will be accepted through September 30 and awards will be announced on or around October 31.​​​

     
  • Annual Conference and Exhibit Offers Leadership Seminar 

    Monday, July 19, 2021

    ​The 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibit, to be held September 15-17 in Coralville, will include the yearly Leadership Seminar to offer attendees an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. This year's seminar is titled Hope Inspires Action: Leading Positive Community Change and will be presented by Dave Ivan, Director of the Community, Food & Environment Institute at Michigan State University Extension.

    The seminar aims to unpack the notion of hope in the context of creating a community-wide vision for positive change. The presentation includes moving stories of community leaders that are creating hope in their communities by matching their citizen’s dreams with an inspiring community vision and can-do attitude.

    Online registration is open for the conference, the largest statewide gathering designed specifically for city officials. ​​​

     
  • FY 2022 Publication Rate Announced 

    Thursday, July 01, 2021

    ​The Iowa Department of Administrative Services recently set the publication rate for Fiscal Year 2022. Effective July 1, 2021, each line of eight-point type two inches in length, or its equivalent, for the publication in a newspaper of any notice, order or other required publication is subject to the following rate:
    • One insertion = 52.4 cents
    • Each subsequent insertion = 35.3 cents
    As required by state law, the rate was calculated by applying the consumer price index for all urban consumers as determined by the Department of Labor, which increased 4.2% from April 2020 to April 2021 to the previous rate. Cities are encouraged to review publication rates to ensure all charges are accurate.
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  • 2021 City Candidate's Guide Available 

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    It's a regular city election year as voters across the state will choose their local representatives on November 2. To help candidates and city officials prepare for the upcoming election, the League provides a City Candidate's Guide that offers information on campaign laws, municipal election processes, the basics of city government and other resources. Each city was mailed copies of the guide and an electronic version can also be accessed on the League website.​​​

     
  • Horizontal Infrastructure Bid Thresholds to Increase in 2022 

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced an increase to the competitive bid thresholds for horizontal public improvement projects, which will take effect on January 1, 2022. The thresholds apply to horizontal infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, culverts) that qualify under Chapter 26 of the state code. The threshold for cities less than 50,000 in population will increase to $54,000 (from the current $50,000); the threshold for cities over 50,000 will increase to $77,000 (from the current $72,000).

    As a reminder, qualifying public improvement projects that are over the respective thresholds must go through the bid or quote process depending on the estimated cost of the project. Keep in mind that there are different thresholds for vertical and horizontal infrastructure projects as well as for cities with more and less than 50,000 in population. If the project cost is less than the bid or quote thresholds, cities are allowed to use their own policies to determine how to get competitive pricing.

    For additional information on bids and quotes, including definitions of horizontal and vertical infrastructure as well as guidance on bid/quote notification requirements, please visit our Construction Bidding Procedures page.​​​​​

     
  • Annual Conference and Exhibit to Include Bike Tour 

    Friday, June 18, 2021

    ​Attendees of the 2021 Annual Conference and Exhibit, to be held September 15-17 in Coralville, will be able to get on their bikes and see the community up close. The fun, leisurely and informative bike tour will wind its way through Coralville’s Iowa River Corridor and surrounding areas. Enjoy local trails while observing community development and flood mitigation projects. Attendees should bring their own bikes and helmets. The tour will occur in mostly flat areas and is suitable for all biking abilities.

    The League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit is the largest training in the state designed specifically for Iowa’s elected and appointed city officials. The conference also includes ample opportunity to network with peers and learn from one another.​​​

     
  • Annual Conference and Exhibit Hotel Room Block Now Available 

    Tuesday, June 08, 2021

    ​Housing information for the League's 2021 Annual Conference and Exhibit is now available. Details on hotel room options and making reservations will be emailed to those that register for the conference. We recommend registering for conference and making hotel reservations early because rooms are limited and may fill before the room blocks close on August 14.​​​​​​