2012 Iowa Municipal Professionals Academy

July 25-27, 2012

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Maps & Locations

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA

Gateway Hotel Map

Schedule

 

Wednesday, July 25

12-1 pm: Registration

1:00-1:15 pm: Announcements and Updates
                       Cindy Kendall, Iowa State University Extension

1:15-3:00 pm: Opening Session:
                       There’s No Such Thing as a One Person Tango 
                       Karel Murray, Certified Speaking Professional

3:00-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-5:15 pm: There’s No Such Thing as a One Person Tango, continued
                       Karel Murray

Thursday, July 26

8:00–10:00 am: Breakout Session 1

          Option 1: GASB & Other Accounting Changes
                          What is it? Does it Stand for Governments’ Attempt to Shake up the Barrel?
                         
Sue Battani & Marlys Gaston- State Auditor’s Office
          Option 2: IPERS - Is it enough?
                          Ann Doty, Department of Human Resource Services, Iowa State University, and Rhonda Onken, IPERS
          Option 3: Financial Reports - What do yours look like & how do you use them?
                          Deanna Rekemeyer, City of DeWitt

10:00-10:15 am: Break

10:15-12:15 pm: Breakout Session 2

          Option 4: Negotiating a Successful Public Improvement Project
                          Danielle Haindfield & Jim Wainwright, Ahlers & Cooney
          Option 5: Property Tax 101
                          Erin Mullenix, Iowa League of Cities
          Option 6: One Size Does Not Fit All – Job Descriptions and Evaluations
                          Ann Holden Kendell, Dickinson Law

12:15-1:00 pm: Lunch Sponsored by IMPA

1:00-3:00 pm: Breakout Session 3

          Option 1: Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow – Fire Departments
                          Scott Schabacker, Retired Fire Chief, Linda Gual, City of Earlvillie & Jeff Bohr, Postville Fire Chief
          Option 2: Playing it Safe with Workers’ Compensation
                          Curt Svalstad 
          Option 3: Using TIF
                          Scott Sanders, Finance Director, City of Des Moines & Carrie Johnson, Iowa Department of Management

3:00-3:15 pm: Break

3:15–5:15 pm: Breakout Session 4

          Option 4: Putting Your Brains on Paper
                          Desk Manuals
                          Sue Lambert, Retired Harlan Clerk & Carol Ann Diekema, Retired Monroe City Administrator
          Option 5: The Paperless Council
                          Keith Ryan, Mayor, City of Bondurant

Friday, July 27

 

8:00-10:00 am: Iowa League of Cities - Questions, Discussions and Updates
                         Alan Kemp, Director, Iowa League of Cities

10:15-12:15 pm: Big Dreams, Bold Goals
                           Dr. Christine Hegstad, MAP Professional Development

12:15 pm: End of Program
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Materials

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