The League Webinar Series features information and guidance on a wide range of issues important to city officials. New this year, the webinars are free to access and watch from the League Web site.
Please visit continue to visit www.iowaleague.org for additional information about the webinars and to view them as they become available throughout the year.
City Clerk Duties and Responsibilities
Speaker: Cindy Kendall, ISU Extension and Iowa League of Cities
The city clerk position performs a wide variety of important duties in the operation of municipal governments. For many communities, the position handles traditional duties such as completing council meeting minutes and public notices while also helping manage the city budget, accounting for city funds and filing various reports. Learn the roles and responsibilities of the city clerk position in this webinar.
The Impact of Drones
Speaker: Chris Luhring, Parkersburg City Administrator/Clerk
Drone usage has increased dramatically in recent years in both recreational and commercial operators. Cities have also found benefits from drones, including using them for law enforcement, community and economic development, public safety, and parks and recreational purposes. This webinar will provide an overview of federal regulations impacting drones as well as tips for successfully using them for city purposes.
Municipal Elections Guidance
Speaker: Mickey Shields, Iowa League of Cities
Municipal elections will be held this November and cities play an important role in the process. Get an overview of the laws and rules that govern city elections, election systems and nomination processes, important dates to know and working with your county elections commissioner.
Grant Management and Funding Sources
Grant funding can be the boost a city needs to complete a project or get a program off the ground. However, many cities struggle to find grant opportunities that fit with their funding needs and may not know the best way to complete a grant application. Hear tips for finding grants and best practices for completing successful grant applications.
This webinar also includes a tutorial on GrantFinder, a program offered to cities in Iowa through a League partnership that offers the largest searchable database of private, state and federal grants for municipalities and also gives users the ability to create grant calendars and alerts.
Annual Financial Report (AFR) Instructions
Every city must file an Annual Financial Report with the Auditor of State by December 1. This electronic filing is done by uploading an Excel spreadsheet via the Auditor’s Web site. This multi-part on-demand webinar walks city officials through the completion of the AFR step-by-step. Those experienced with the AFR filing may want to focus on Part One that discusses the changes to the 2018 AFR. Others will want to view all the videos for a comprehensive walk-through.
Part 1: 2018 Annual Financial Report Introduction
Part 2: Auditor Letter and Part I of the AFR Workbook
Part 3: Part II of the AFR Workbook
Part 4: Page 10
Part 5: AFR Submission Complete 2018 Annual Financial Report Playlist
What the Future Holds for City Governments
One of the more challenging aspects of running a city government is trying to figure out the factors that will affect the organization in the future. Sometimes it’s hard enough to keep up with daily services, but an effective city government needs to also see what is coming down the road. This webinar will discuss trends and factors that could shape the future of city government, including innovations in technology, data mining and more.