For more than 40 years, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office of State and Local Government Programs (OSLGP) has partnered with the Iowa League of Cities to offer the Municipal Professionals Institute (MPI) to city clerks, administrators, and finance officers from throughout the state of Iowa.
The latest evolution in the collaboration between ISU Extension and Outreach and the League of Cities in the appointment of Sara Shonrock as MPI/MPA director in January 2019. Shonrock brings a different skill set to the position, with a background in community development and housing.
Housing Needs Assessment After a Local Disaster: A Final Report on Housing Recovery Research Read more about Housing Needs
The Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA) is a tool that helps communities self-assess their housing needs and guides them in the decision-making process when addressing those needs. It guides communities in considering options that ensure existing and potential residents are able to find safe, secure, and quality housing that meets their needs and fits within their budgets. Read more about Rural Housing Readiness Assessment
For years, ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) program staff have conducted housing needs assessments in Iowa’s communities, often in the wake of natural disasters such as the 2008 flooding in eastern Iowa and the 2011 tornado in Mapleton.
In 2019, CED created the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment, a tool that helps communities self-assess their housing needs and guides them in the decision-making process when addressing those needs. Read more about New Readiness Assessment Gives Rural Communities the Ability to Self-assess Housing Needs
- Goal Setting, Strategic Planning, Facilitation
- Grant Writing 101
- Iowa Government Finance Initiative
- Municipal Leadership Academy for elected officials
- Municipal Professional Institute and Academy for city clerks and treasurers
- Planning and Zoning Workshops
- Township Trustee & Clerk Training
- Rural Housing Readiness Assessment