Municipal Leadership Academy


Municipal Leadership Academy​​

The Municipal Leadership Academy provides municipal officials with a curriculum to assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their office. The program offers a comprehensive overview of Iowa municipal government and is presented by the Iow​a League of Cities, the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Iowa and the Office of State and Local Government Programs at Iowa State University Extension.

Note: Online Registration for this training will be available Fall 2017.

Topics covered during the series include:
• city finance and budgeting
• meeting procedures
• municipal law
• economic development
• ethics and fraud prevention
• nuisance abatement 
• personnel issues
• land use and zoning

MLA Part One

Once the election is over, the real work begins for newly elected local officials. Running a campaign can be a great way to get to know the people and issues in your community, but to be successful in governance city officials must quickly learn the responsibilities of their new positions. MLA Part One is offered at seven separate locations:

• Fairfield (Thursday, November 16) 
• Emmetsburg (Saturday, November 18) 
• Carroll (Wednesday, November 29) 
• Corning (Thursday, November 30) 
• Cedar Rapids (Saturday, December 2) 
• Waverly (Thursday, December 7) 
• Altoona (Saturday, December 9)

The training is provided at a cost of $75 and includes a copy of the 2018 Municipal Policy Leaders’ Handbook. The handbook is published by the Institute of Public Affairs and by itself is a $30 value. MLA Part One sessions occur 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Wednesday and Thursday locations and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Saturday locations. The program will include the latest information and policy guidance on the following topics:

Budget and Finance: Shortly after taking office the new council will be heavily involved in budget preparation. This portion of the training will provide an overview of city budgets including timelines, possible revenue streams and typical expenditures.

Effective City Councils: Additionally, part of being a mayor or council member is learning to work as a team to accomplish the city’s goals. Learn strategies to conduct more efficient and effective meetings.

Top 10 Things to Know: Running a city presents numerous concerns on several legal fronts. Learn about state and federal laws that impact and affect day-to-day city business.

MLA Part Two 

This online training will be released during the first week of January 2018. The program will be available on the League Web site for viewing at your convenience. MLA Part Two can be viewed all at once or separately in order to fit within a city’s orientation program for new officials. Topics for this training: The City Budget, Basics of Planning and Zoning and an orientation session titled “You Got Elected, Now What? This session will cover strategies for success in office, dealing with major personnel issues, meeting basics and a brief overview of roles and responsibilities. Cost of this training is $60.

MLA Part Three​ 

This training is designed for those looking for more in-depth information on the challenges facing cities. Like any MLA session, this training is appropriate for newly elected or veteran city officials as well as appointed city officials. MLA Part Three is offered at six separate locations:
• Ottumwa (Thursday, April 5, 2018) 
• Iowa City (Saturday, April 7, 2018)
• Griswold (Thursday, April 12, 2018) 
• Storm Lake (Saturday, April 14, 2018)  
• Cedar Falls (Thursday, April 19, 2018) 
• Altoona (Saturday, April 21, 2018)

The training is provided at a cost of $75. MLA Part Three sessions occur 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Thursday locations and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Saturday locations. The program will include the latest information and policy guidance on the following topics: Economic Development, Community Betterment (Including Nuisance Abatement), Strategic Planning, Goal Setting and So much More…

MLA Part Four: League Conference
The Final part of MLA is attendance at the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit that will take place September 12-14, 2018 in Council Bluffs. Separate registration for this event will be required. 

Additional information on the Municipal Leadership Academy you may contact:

Mark Tomb                                               Mary Beth Sprouse           
(515) 244-7282                                         (515) 294-1844