Workshops & Events

Training is central to the League’s mission, as the laws, regulations and issues facing city government officials change rapidly. And as vital is this education is, the networking that occurs naturally at these events is just as important. There’s nothing more reinvigorating than learning and talking with other people facing your same challenges.

Budget Workshops

The annual workshops provide a review of the important factors that affect city budgets while helping attendees understand the state requirements for completing and filing the budget. The Budget Workshops are designed for city administrators, city clerks, and finance officers, but are open to all city officials.

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Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA)

The Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA) is conducted following the regular city elections, which are held in odd-numbered years. MLA offers education on a variety of important city government topics and is a great way to prepare for your role as a city official.

Upcoming Workshops

Carson Community Center | 316 S Commercial St, Carson, IA 51525

Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center | 300 E 9th St, Coralville, IA 52241

Cherokee Community Center | 530 W Bluff St, Cherokee, IA 51012

Prairie Links Golf Course & Event Center | 19 Eagle Ridge Dr, Waverly, IA 50677

MidAmerican Energy RecPlex | 6500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, 50266

This is a virtual event held via Zoom. Registrants will be emailed a link for the workshop, so please provide a current…

The Venue | 307 Walnut St, Atlantic

Muse Norris Conference Room, North Iowa Area Community College | 500 College Drive, Mason City

Community Center (Auditorium, upper level) | 530 W Bluff St, Cherokee

Marriott | 1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

This is a virtual event held via Zoom. Registrants will be emailed a link for the workshop, so please provide a current…

Courtyard by Marriott | 2405 SE Creekview Drive, Ankeny

Other League Workshops

The League’s workshop line-up includes a slate of recurring workshops as well as events created to respond to our rapidly changing world.

Our largest education effort of the year, this three-day event draws hundreds of city officials from all corners of Iowa.

Nuisance Abatement Workshop

This day-long conference features a variety of sessions aimed to provide assistance on nuisance property issues and ways cities can improve neighborhoods.

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.

See the full calendar

The League’s event calendar includes all types of events aimed at city government officials. Check it out

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