Office of State and Local Government Programs

Programs Offered

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.


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 Government Finance Initiative (IGFI)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

As part of its educational outreach, the Iowa Government Finance Initiative conducts annual workshops throughout the state of Iowa. With changing demographics, state mandated laws and citizen perception on taxes, it is becoming increasingly complex and challenging to manage local government finances. The role of financial planning in the budgeting process is therefore becoming very important which has significant short and long-term implications for community and economic development.


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 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.


On The Road: Budget, Examinations & Accounting for Municipalities
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

If you have not been able to attend training specifically designed for city budgets, the new examination requirements, or fund accounting, then this is the training for you! Or maybe its been a while and you want to make sure you’re doing it right. This hands on training will aid in accurately completing required financial reports and implementing proper internal control procedures. Limited staff and resources make taking off work and traveling difficult so we’re bringing the training to you in 6 locations across the state. “On-the-road: Budget, Examinations & Accounting for Municipalities” has been designed to provide hands on trainings convenient for those who are new, part time or have other daytime obligations. Topics covered include the value of a chart of accounts; understanding fund accounting and how budgets, financial reports and regular reconciliations can lead to good audits and examinations that are required by state law.


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.