Office of State and Local Government Programs

Programs Offered

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.


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 see the website: https://service.iowaleague.org/ISUAcct/


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 see the website: https://service.iowaleague.org/ISUAcct/


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.