2020 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute & Academy

Save the Date for the 2020 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy Dates and Scholarship Information

Institute: July 20-24 & 27-29 | Academy: July 29-31

The dates for the 2020 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy have been set. The location of both the Institute and the Academy will be at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, IA. Registration materials will be released early next year.

The Institute will be held July 20-24 and 27-29. Note: the clerk and finance specialized certification courses are the second week. The registration fee for the Institute will vary by class. Participants are allowed to register for as many classes as they like during the two-week Institute period.  

The fee for the three-day Academy (advanced education) will again be $185 for July 29-31 sessions. UNSURE: 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 Institute program offers educational programming that qualifies for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) certification. The Municipal Clerks Education Foundation (MCEF) of IIMC offers scholarships to attend Municipal Clerks Institutes and Academies in 2020.  The deadline for these scholarships has passed for 2019. Deadline for the 2020 scholarships will be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

The Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute (IMPI) and the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) also have tuition scholarships available for 2020 on a reimbursable basis. The IMPI scholarships are open to ALL Iowa municipal clerks or staff within their office. The IMFOA scholarships are open to members of IMFOA (see IMFOA.org for details on membership). To be eligible for a tuition reimbursement scholarship, participants must demonstrate their city’s support to attend, register for and successfully complete at least 30 hours of classes. The deadline for submission is UNDECIDED. Please E-Mail or mail your completed application and the resolution of support from the City Council to: Cindy Hopton [formerly Stuve], Office of State and Local Government Programs, Iowa State University Extension, 2321 N. Loop Drive, Suite 121, Ames, IA 50010-8218 or email to chopton@iastate.edu

Scholarships are awarded based upon need with the following criteria in mind: 

  1. Council and/or self-financing of Institute registration fees is not available or overly burdensome to the municipal or individual budget; 
  2. Attendance at Institute may not occur without scholarship assistance; 
  3. Only one application can be submitted from a municipality 
  4. A prior scholarship has not been awarded to the applicant 
  5. Reimbursement will be made to the municipality within 30 days of successful completing coursework 

Applications will be approved at the April IMFOA board meeting. No person shall be able to receive more than one scholarship. Receipt of the IIMC scholarship will take preference over the IMFOA or IMPI scholarships. If a person is chosen to receive more than one scholarship, he/she must accept the IIMC scholarship and the IMFOA or IMPI scholarship will be given to an alternate. If you receive a scholarship from IIMC, please contact Cindy Hopton so an alternate can be notified as soon as possible. 

Other opportunities for scholarships may be through regional organizations in your area, please contact them directly for more information.  

The application and sample resolution of support are available. Remember the application and resolution of support is due in the Spring! For further information contact Sara Shonrock at 515-290-1811 (sshonroc@iastate.edu) or Cindy Hopton at 515-294-8397 (chopton@iastate.edu). 

2019 Municipal Professionals Institute registration is CLOSED!  Click the link below to go to the registration page. 

2019 Municipal Professionals Institute Information 

2019 Municipal Professionals Academy is now CLOSED! Click the link below to go to the registration page.

2019 Municipal Professionals Academy Information