Municipal Professionals Academy

Iowa Municipal Professionals Academy

Registration is open for the 2019 Academy!

July 24-26, 2019

The Municipal Professionals Academy offers continuing education training for city clerks, finance officers and others to provide in-depth training for clerks and municipal staff to get useful, up-to-date information that will assist them in their job performance.

It also provides

  • opportunities to meet clerks from across the state - make friends and business acquaintances.
  • updates on new laws, programs and technology affecting Iowa municipal government.
  • an opportunity for credits toward recertification for IMFOA and IIMC sponsored certifications.

2019 Academy Brochure

Registration & Fees


NEW FOR 2019: A half-day QGIS course will be offered.  The course is separate from the Academy and is $100 ($285 for QGIS and the Academy) but can be registered for at the same time you register for the Academy.  This course will introduce participants to a free open-source QGIS software which participants will be able to take back to their communities for use in community planning and visioning. 

The Municipal Professionals Academy is paperless.  You can view or download presentation materials one week before the event. 

We sell sweatshirts as a way to keep everyone warm (the rooms are sometimes chilly) and raise money to offer scholarships. The 2019 sweatshirt is a crew neck sweatshirt in grey with a red logo.  Sweatshirts will be on sale until June 28th.  


Maps & Locations:

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

Gateway Hotel Map

If you wish to stay at the conference center, make your room reservations directly with Gateway at 1-800-FOR-AMES or (515) 292-8600. Please identify yourself as a Municipal Professionals Academy attendee and request the MPA room block.


MPA Attendees

Instructor Bios


Course Materials

Introduction to GIS and Mapping using QGIS (NO MATERIALS)

Navigating the Roadblocks

Option 1: It's Strictly Business

Option 2: Housing Needs, Wants & What's Working

Option 3: That's Why They Call it a "Disaster"

Option 4: Marketing Hometown America

Option 5: Social Media, The Workplace, & Employee Speech Do's & Don'ts for Public Employees

Option 6: Increasing Economic Opportunities & Improving Quality of Life for Rural Iowans

Option 7: Farmer's Market & Food Trucks 

Option 8: Tips & Pitfalls to Filing the State Budget

Option 9: Securities Regulation in the Municipal Bond Market

Option 10: The Nuts & Bolts of Codification

Option 11: Nuisance Properties

Option 12: Without Exception: Multicultural Community Engagement & Best Practices in Iowa

Questions, Discussions and Updates (NO MATERIALS)


Course Evaluations and Test 

Dining Options:

Visit Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau website for dining options outside of the provided lunch.