Local Government

CD-DIAL (Community Development–Data Information and Analysis Laboratory)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design

CD-DIAL works with communities, organizations, and state and local agencies to assist and build decision-making capacity in these groups, especially as they collect and use information about their local population members or the constituents they serve.


We conduct surveys through mail, online and telephone surveys. We work with stakeholders from conceptualizing the survey (i.e. questionnaire development, sampling, etc.) up to report writing/presentation of the result. We work closely with the client. The team gathers and analyzes the data, writes the report, and presents the results as requested by the client.

CD-DIAL can produce mailing lists if needed.  We can perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of data as well as spatial representation of data in the form of GIS maps.

City Finance 101
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

City Finance 101 training is for city officials (elected and appointed) to gain a better understanding of government finance, resources, responsibilities and fraud prevention methods. 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. Participants will use the financial reports from their local jurisdiction to better understand and use the information already at their fingertips.

Community Development Online Master's Program
Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance

This is an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional master's program that is entirely online. The program is offered by the Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance).

The Master of Community Development degree program is for community leaders, practitioners, and for those committed to people and places.  It provides the skills, information, and networks needed to facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change.  This degree program equips practitioners with the tools necessary to build community for the 21st century.

Check this website for more information:
http://www.gpidea.org/index.html

GIS: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Landscape Architecture

New interactive technologies on the Web such as Google Maps, Google Earth or other Web 2.0 applications capable of geotagging information enables citizens to create their own personal maps of a community or specific place. Termed Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) this information can be used to by decision makers as they plan the future of a community.

Grantwriting Training
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

A grantwriting workshop provides hands-on training in identifying relevant grant opportunities and developing successful grant applications. Workshop participants will bring their organizations increased capacity to secure funding to serve their consitutents' needs.

This workshop can be offered as a 3-hour, entry-level workshop that includes exploration of various funding sources and instruction on planning and writing effective grant applications, or as a 6-hour program that includes a follow-up second session during which participants' in-progress grant applications are reviewed and critiqued.  We recommend participants have familiarity with using an internet browser.

Introduction to Plan and Zoning workshops (on-request workshops)
College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program will be delivered on request to cities, counties, or other groups. It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials. Topics include the comprehensive plan, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment in land use decision-making.

Introduction to Planning & Zoning workshops
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs, College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program is held in eight locations annually every spring.  It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials.  Topics include the comprehensive plan, the zoning and subdivision ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the planning commission and the board of adjustment in land use decision-making.

Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Iowa Municipal Finance Officers, Office of State and Local Government Programs

Begun in 1975 the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy (originally known as the Municipal Clerks Institute and Academy) provides educational credit toward certification by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and/or the two certifications offered by the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA).  The Institute provides courses that help city clerks, finance officers and administrators achieve their certification while the Academy provides courses primarily to help maintain certifications.

Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) Program
Institute for Transportation

SUDAS is the statewide standard for design and construction of all types of common urban public works improvements (generally, those found in the street rights-of-way) in the State of Iowa. The program primarily consists of the maintenance and improvement of two manuals, design and specifications. These manuals are used to provide uniform design guidelines for engineers and construction specifications for contractors.

Iowa Traffic Safety Data Service (ITSDS)
Institute for Transportation

ITSDS provides agencies with the most readily available crash data analysis resources in Iowa. It was created to fill the gap between what safety data users can gather for themselves and what they can obtain from experts. ITSDS uses the latest in geographic information systems technology developed by the Iowa DOT. Using the data and analyses provided by ITSDS, agencies can help reduce the number of crashes in their jurisdictions.

Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
Institute for Transportation

The goal of LTAP is to share new research and updated information with local transportation agencies and help them in their daily transportation operations. The Iowa LTAP efforts include a quarterly technology newsletter, transportation lending library, training workshops, and individualized technical assistance. Iowa LTAP is a key venue for disseminating and implementing transportation research and best practices operations. Many research projects become topics for technical and/or newsletter articles, workshop and seminar presentations, and library reference materials.

Municipal Clerks’ Course: Advanced Accounting (Accrual Accounting)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

For those with accounting experience but new to the municipal arena, or current staff trying to improve your accounting skills, this new offering is available for the first time.  Advanced Accounting- Accrual is a two day course for training those required to do accrual and year end conversions in preparation for the annual audit.  For more information on the course, registration, and local accommodations please contact Cindy Kendall at the address below.

Municipal Clerks’ Course: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

This one-day class targets those cities that prepare or are interested in preparing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, including all of the requirements for the GFOA Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting program.   (These courses are eligible for IMFOA or IAMU certification credit).

For more information on the course, registration,  and local accommodations please contact Cindy Kendall at the address below.

Safety Circuit Rider
Institute for Transportation

Iowa''s Safety Circuit Rider program deals primarily with highway safety related issues such as temporary traffic control for work zones, flagger training, permanent traffic signing and pavement markings, roadside safety and other related issues. Workshops, studies, and advice on these topics can be provided upon request.

Special Topics Workshops
Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

These two- to three-hour programs will be offered as evening programs on request.  The host city or county and Mr. Taylor will agree on the topic in advance.  Popular topics are annexation, the Iowa Smart Planning Act, extraterritorial zoning and subdivision controls, the roles of the elected body, planning commission and zoning board of adjustment, current hot topics in planning law, and innovative planning practices.

Statistics in the Community (STATCOM)
Iowa State University Department of Statistics

Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) is a community outreach program that serves local communities throughout the nation. At Iowa State, STATCOM offers statistical advice and expertise to governmental and nonprofit groups. Students in the Department of Statistics coordinate the statistical consulting services provided through STATCOM.

Township Trustee and Clerk Training
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

Two-hour workshop covering legal responsibilities of township trustees and clerks with primary focus on fire and emergency management, cemetery management, and fence law.  A new manual, revised in 2013, is now available and covers compliance with the 2011 open meetings and records laws, the 2005 cemetery laws, and other changes in reporting and record keeping.