July 2017 marks the 42nd Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy, an annual event cosponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office of State and Local Government Programs (OSLGP) and the Iowa League of Cities. The event will be held in Ames at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center from July 17 through July 28.
Each year, the Municipal Professionals Institute (MPI) provides clerks and finance officers from across the state of Iowa with training that gives them the basic framework of how municipalities function and assists municipal professionals with their day-to-day duties. This training covers finance and budgets, legal requirements, records management, parliamentary procedures, ethics and more. These courses also give participants personalized interaction with faculty and staff from universities and other individuals involved with municipal administration while updating them on new laws, programs, and technology affecting Iowa municipal government.
Classes held during July 17–21 provide a fundamental knowledge base. Classes held July 24–26 provide more specialized training in clerk or finance topics. These courses may be applied as credits toward International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) municipal clerk certification and/or municipal clerk or municipal finance officer certifications through IMFOA.
The Municipal Professionals Academy (MPA), held July 26–28, offers continuing education training for city clerks, finance officers, and others to provide useful, up-to-date training for municipal staff that will assist them in their job performance.
It also provides:
- opportunities to meet clerks from across the state and 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.
Topics this year include:
- GASB 77 (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) for all cities with tax abatements or who prepare financial statements,
- Regulations for borrowing money,
- Succession planning,
- Economic development,
- Best hiring practices,
- AND so much more!
Due to GASB 77 and the reporting requirements for municipal bond holders, the 2017 Iowa MPA is offering a special continuing education opportunity. Representatives from the State Auditor’s Office and the Department of Management have developed a special presentation and implementation tool to help cities comply with this GASB requirement, which affects every city making payments on tax increment financing development agreements, rebates, or grants during the year ending June 30, 2017. This not only affects year-end financial statements but also requires letters to be sent to the other taxing jurisdictions impacted.
Registration is currently open for both the MPI and MPA. To get the Gateway Hotel’s reduced conference rate, the registration deadline for the Institute is June 26. Academy participants must register by July 3.
For individuals unable to attend the entire Iowa Municipal Professionals Academy, July 26–28, OSLGP is offering a short course on July 27 from 1:00-5:00 pm on “Implementing GASB 77.” Participants will learn how this requirement affects their communities and see the tool created to assist in reporting. Also included in this short course is the session: “Regulations for When Your City Borrows Money.”
To find more information or to register go to www.OSLGP.iastate.edu.