Annual Workshops, 2018

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 attitudes toward taxes, it is becoming increasingly complex and challenging to manage local government finances. The role of financial planning in the budgeting process is very important, and 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
  • The value of financial indicators and how to use them 
  • Comparison with ‘peers’ in the region 
  • One specific topic critical for cities and counties
  • For 2018, the topic is local government debt
  • Understand trends in outstanding debt, debt capacity and debt service
  • Property tax base and level of tax burden

Resources for Participants

Each participant will receive

  • Latest customized IGFI annual fiscal conditions report for their city or county
  • Background material relating to local government debt

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 IowaLocations

The training sessions will be conducted in six regions in the state, between September 27 and October 16, 2018. The attached brochure 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.

Dates and locations for the 2018 workshops:

Ottumwa (Wapello County) – September 27, 2018

Des Moines (Polk County) - October 24, 2018

Mason City (Cerro Gordo County) – October 09, 2018

Atlantic (Cass County) – October 11, 2018

Cedar Rapids (Linn County) – October 16, 2018


Workshop Venue and Address

  • Ottumwa – September 27, 2018
    • Hotel Ottumwa, 2996, 107 2nd St E, Ottumwa, IA 52501
    • Room: Keokuk room
  • Des Moines/Altoona – October 24, 2018
    • ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona, IA 50009
    • Room: Classroom 
  • Mason City – October 09, 2018
    • North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Dr., Mason City, IA 50401
    • Room: NC180BC
  • Atlantic – October 11, 2018
    • Cass County Community Center, 805 W. 10th St., Atlantic, IA 50022
    • Room: Medium/Cass Room
  • Cedar Rapids – October 16, 2018
    • Linn County Extension Office, 383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Register online here

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