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Workshops and Events

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  • Annual Conference & Exhibit
  • The League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit is largest event in the state geared specifically toward the needs of Iowa’s elected and appointed municipal officials. Held in September of each year, the conference includes workshops, an exhibit hall and unique networking opportunities. Due to its broad appeal, the conference is attended by nearly 500 officials each year.
  • Budget Workshops
  • The Budget Workshops are designed for city clerks and finance officers, but are open to all city officials. The workshops, which take place in November and December of each year, provide the information necessary to build a strong foundation of budget knowledge and provide an overview of state requirements for the budget process.
  • Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA)
  • The Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA) is presented biannually through a partnership of the Iowa League of Cities, Office of State and Local Government Programs at Iowa State University and the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Iowa. This is the only workshop designed specifically for the needs of newly elected city officials in Iowa.
  • Small City Workshops
  • Each summer, the League hosts Small City Workshops across the state. The topics and information presented at these workshops are geared toward the specific needs of Iowa's small cities, although anyone is welcome to attend.
  • Legislative Day
  • Each winter, League members gather in the Capitol City to hear key legislators and the League legislative staff discuss hot topics and state legislative issues affecting cities. Attendees of the event are also encouraged to visit their legislators at the Capitol.
  • City Finance 101
  • This interactive session will give the participants tools to understand financial information to make better decisions about budget, projects and safeguarding the assets of your community.
  • Webinars
  • The League regularly offers web-based training for its members. Depending on the content these webinars can be public, paid, or available only to League members.
  • Home Rule 50th Anniversary
  • In 1968 the Home Rule Amendment was passed by the citizens of Iowa and constitutionalized local control in the state of Iowa. Join cities across the state in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Home Rule during 2018.
  • League Annual Golf Fundraiser
  • All city officials and those that work with cities are invited to participate in the League’s Annual Golf Fundraiser! In addition to being a great networking opportunity, the outing serves as a major fundraiser for the Tim Shields Endowment, which supports the education and development of local government officials.
  • Nuisance Abatement Conference
  • Effectively managing nuisance abatement can help rebuild homes and buildings, return dormant properties to an active use and restore community pride.

Other Workshops

WorkshopDateLearn More
Municipal Professionals InstituteMonday, July 16, 2018 - Wednesday, July 25, 2018Learn More
Municipal Professionals Academy Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:00 AM - Friday, July 27, 2018 11:59 PMLearn More