Annual Workshops

IGFI Workshops

City and County finance officials and elected members of local governments are entrusted with the task of managing finances and making decisions that impact how much revenue is generated and how efficiently it is spent. With changing demographics, state mandated laws and citizen perception on taxes, it is becoming increasingly complex and challenging to manage local government finances. The role of financial planning in the budgeting process is therefore becoming very important that has significant short and long-term implications for community and economic development.

What you will learn?

The Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI), workshop is designed as a “tool-based training” for local elected, appointed officials (finance, planning and economic development) and other stakeholders on issues relating to public finance and community and economic development. You will learn:

  • How to use the IGFI annual city and county fiscal conditions reports.
  • About the value of financial indicators and how to use them.
  • About ‘peers’ in the region to make comparisons
  • One specific topic critical for cities and counties
  • For 2017, the topic is Capital Improvement Planning (CIP)
  • Understand trends in capital spending in your region, for all cities and counties.
  • To use simple excel based tools to make demographic projections, assess benefits to compare with costs for capital projects

Resources for Participants

Each participant will receive

  • Latest customized IGFI annual fiscal conditions report for their city or county
  • Background material relating to CIP
  • Brief guide to conduct basic analysis related to CIP using excel.

Who should attend?

Elected Officials – Iowa cities and counties

Appointed officials (city and county finance, planning, economic development)

Local Chambers of Commerce,

Council of Governments in Iowa, County Affiliates in Iowa


The training sessions will be conducted in six regions in the state during April 06-May 18, 2017. The attached map illustrates the regions and the locations for the workshops. All workshops begin with registration and a light supper at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes by 9:00 p.m.

Registration Online

Registration is online for the IGFI workshops. To register, click on the “Register Online Here” link at the bottom of this page. When you register you will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email. To receive a meal you must register at least one week before the scheduled date of the workshop you wish to attend. You may register and pay at the door on the day of the workshop if you cannot register by the one-week deadline; however, no meal will be provided. If you have registered but find you cannot attend, you may send a substitute or cancel your registration; however, no refunds will be made for cancelations received less than 3 business days prior to the workshop. The registration fee is $65 per individual and covers the workshop instruction, background materials, and supper.


The dates and locations for the 2017 workshops are:

  • Ottumwa (Wapello County) – April 06, 2017
  • Storm Lake (Buena Vista County) – April 13, 2017
  • Des Moines (Polk County)c- April 20, 2017
  • Mason City (Cerro Gordo County) – April 27, 2017
  • Atlantic (Cass County) – May 04, 2017
  • Cedar Rapids (Linn County) – May 18, 2017


Workshop Venue and Address

Ottumwa – April 06, 2017

Indian Hills Community College, 626 Indian Hills Dr., Ottumwa, IA 52501


Storm Lake - April 13, 2017
Buena Vista University, 610 W 4th St., Storm Lake, IA 50588


Des Moines/Altoona - April 20
ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona, IA 50009


Mason City - April 27
North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Dr., Mason City, IA 50401


Atlantic - May 04
Cass County Community Center, 805 W. 10th St., Atlantic, IA 50022


Cedar Rapids - May 18
Linn County Extension Office, 383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


Register here: