Who We Are

The Iowa League of Cities serves as the unified voice of cities, providing advocacy, training and guidance to strengthen Iowa’s communities.

The Iowa League of Cities has been serving as a key resource for municipalities since 1898, when a small group of city officials gathered in Marshalltown to exchange ideas on how to strengthen and improve local government in Iowa. Those officials had a vision. They recognized that by joining together as one voice, all cities would benefit – then and in the future.

More than 870 of the cities in Iowa, both large and small, are members. The League is governed by members through an Executive Board of officials, balanced by geographic region and city size.

The League provides guidance.

Through membership services, research, publications, trainings and other collaborations, the League provides guidance and serves as the resource for member cities. Call the League Membership Services staff on our toll-free members-only help line for help with your city issues.

The League leads a grass-roots advocacy effort for local government.

The League promotes excellent government, effective public policy and Home Rule among members as well as state and federal law makers.

The League is a resource for insurance and investment needs.

The League consolidates common city needs enabling group purchasing power and specialized assistance. Programs created by or sponsored by the League provide cost-effective quality services to cities. The League’s affiliated programs offer health, workers' compensation, liability and casualty coverage as well as a prosperous, liquid asset investment program. Other programs assist cities in developing services to better serve their citizens.

The League keeps cities informed with a constantly updated slate of workshops and publications.

The League provides education and training for elected and appointed city officials through workshops, publications, the Web and personal interactions.

  • Monthly Cityscape magazine
  • Weekly Legislative Link during the state's legislative session
  • An annual listing of New Laws related to cities after each legislative session
  • An annual series of workshops on several different topics
  • Action Calls on immediate legislative concerns at the state or federal level
  • Special Reports on topical issues, including Home Rule, Condemnation and Law Enforcement
  • Biennial Directory of League member cities in Iowa
  • Annual municipal salary survey of city officials and staff