2013 Municipal Professionals Academy

July 24-26, 2013

Maps & Locations

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

Gateway Hotel Map



Wednesday, July 24

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:
                       Personnel from A to Z
                       Paul Greufe, P.J. Greufe & Associates

3:00-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-5:15 pm: Personnel from A to Z, continued
                       Paul Greufe, P.J. Greufe & Associates

Thursday, July 25

8:00–10:00 am: Breakout Session 1

          Option 1: Budgeting, Financial Management and Planning: Connecting the Dots
                          Biswa Das, Department of Community & Regional Planning, Iowa State University
          Option 2: Dealing with Council, Agendas and Council Packets
                          Panel of City Clerks, Cynthia Stimson- Fairfax, Erin Learn- Manchester, Lee Ann Waltzing- Belmond, and Daisy Huffman- Garner
          Option 3: Mobile GIS in Community Planning and Design
                          Christopher Seeger, ISU Extension and Outreach, Landscape Architect and Associate Professor and Suzy Wilson, Iowa Department of Public Health

10:00-10:15 am: Break

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

          Option 1: Emergency Management 101: What You Need to Know Before Your Disaster
                          Susan Green and Beth Lewis, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
          Option 2: What's the Bottom Line? Know Your GASB 67 and 68 Reporting Standards- IPERS
                          Darla Iverson and Glenna Musselman, IPERS
          Option 3: Making Diversity Work for Your City
                          Jose Amaya, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Community & Economic Development

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

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

          Option 1: TIF and the Annual Urban Renewal Report- From Concept to Completion
                          Carrie Johnson and Ted Nellesen, Iowa Department of Management
          Option 2: What do you do with all your spare time? Tourism Works- How Communities Can Benefit through Tourism

3:00-3:15 pm: Break

3:15–5:15 pm: Financing City Projects, Equipment Repairs and New SEC Law
                        John Danos, Dorsey & Whitney Attorneys at Law

Friday, July 26


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

10:00-10:15 am: Break

10:15-12:15 pm: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My
                           Sue Battani and Marlys Gaston, State Auditor's Office

12:15 pm: End of Program
                 2013 MPA Overall Evaluation

2013 MPA Electronic Exam will be available here when sessions have concluded.

Instructor Biographies

2013 Instructor Bios

Dining Options

Download an Ames Food Guide

Past Academies

2012 Academy

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