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FN401MPI: Iowa City Budgeting System & Capital Planning and Budgeting

A capital improvement plan (CIP) is a long-range plan for the acquisition and development of capital projects. The CIP is basically the link between the community's physical development and its comprehensive and fiscal plans. This session will focus on the benefits of a CIP, the legal aspects, content of a CIP report, the preparation process, a suggested timetable and funding sources. Examples of capital improvement plans will be available for review and comment. Read more about FN401MPI: Iowa City Budgeting System & Capital Planning and Budgeting

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BA101MPI: Elements of a Financial System

Is it a puzzle or a maze? No, it's not chemistry class, but the elements do have individual components that blend together to make something else. The financial system is made of many pieces. How they all fit together is critical to the understanding of your role as a city clerk. This session will be the basis of future sessions, introducing the many facets of the financial system and their interdependence.  Read more about BA101MPI: Elements of a Financial System

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BA110MPI: Basics of a Personnel System

This workshop will provide a review and discussion of the practical side of a municipal personnel system. We will address such topics as recruitment and selection, employment interviews, employee discipline procedures, personnel files, job descriptions, FLSA, and sexual harassment. Ample time will be provided for questions from the participants, and questions are strongly encouraged. Read more about BA110MPI: Basics of a Personnel System

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BA120MPI-1: Introduction to Public Speaking

Effective public speaking is comprised of three key ingredients: knowing your goal, organizing for memory and impact, and delivering your message effectively and persuasively.  We will review strategy and tactics that you can use to reduce your prep time, increase your confidence and impact, and control your nerves. You will be prepared to make your presentation on the following day with ease and enjoyment.  This session will focus on techniques for making city clerks better verbal communicators. It will provide clerks with some background on ways to assist in getting a message across through verbal communication.  The session will also provide clerks with an opportunity to test these skills by presenting a short talk, which will be critiqued to help clerks improve their skills.  This session will be done on an individual basis with the instructor.  The instructor will review your video with you and provide suggestions on how to improve your speaking techniques.
(Note:  There is no advance preparation necessary for this course) Read more about BA120MPI-1: Introduction to Public Speaking

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BA120MPI-2: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

This session will focus on techniques for making city clerks better verbal communicators. It will provide clerks with some background on ways to assist in getting a message across through verbal communication. The session will also provide clerks with an opportunity to test these skills by presenting a short talk, which will be critiqued to help clerks improve their skills. This session will be done on an individual basis with the instructor. The instructor will review your video with you and provide suggestions on how to improve your speaking techniques. (Note: the last part of this will be a one-on-one evaluation done concurrently with FX250MPI).  Read more about BA120MPI-2: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

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BA130MPI: Understanding Legal Terms

This session will provide information and material ranging from the very general to the very specific about federal, state and local laws and regulations and focus on the manner in which they are related to each other. The presentation will attempt to explain the significance of legislative, judicial and administrative laws at the federal, state and local level and will seek to make participants aware of the limitations which are imposed on local government, in spite of the existence of Home Rule for cities. Read more about BA130MPI: Understanding Legal Terms

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BA140MPI: Ethics for Public Officials

This session will be a review of common ethical dilemmas facing city officials and employees with a focus on statutory guidelines. The subject matter of the session will include conflicts of interest, gift law and use of city resources for political purposes. The session will include a lecture, presentaiotn of vignettes and audience participation.  Read more about BA140MPI: Ethics for Public Officials

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BA145MPI: Working with Public Officials

Dealing with elected officials can occasionally be a challenge for the municipal clerk. To begin with, city councils have multiple personalities and sometimes relatively frequent personnel changes. Further, council members and municipal clerks have fundamentally different functions and therefore different perspectives on what is important. Sometimes some council members may be brusque or even downright rude. Occasionally, council members may engage in what the municipal clerk perceives to be unethical practices, sometimes out of ignorance and sometimes from intent. Yet, municipal clerks may try to impose too many of their values and perspectives on duly elected officials who have a mandate from the people. This session will be a candid discussion of these types of issues. In particular, the session will focus on informal training of the newly elected official by the clerk, as well as choosing when the principle of leadership should outweigh the principal of neutrality.  Read more about BA145MPI: Working with Public Officials

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BA149MPI: Working with Citizens

Municipal clerks are the front lines for conveying a positive impression of city government with the local citizens. Because clerks are very accessible to citizens, they face daily complaints and negative reactions to city government policies and decisions. It is important that they are provided training in how to diplomatically handle citizens complaints (in person and on the phone), how to avoid becoming reactive and angry and how to cope with the stress of complaints and not take them personally. This session will utilize participation by the clerks to explore the types of citizen situations they face daily and how to handle them professionally. Read more about BA149MPI: Working with Citizens

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