Cityscape — December 2014
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President's Viewpoint
Warren Woods

Consider this your callout to attend the 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibit in Cedar Rapids. Budgets are being prepared, and now is the time to include conference in your 2015-2016 city budget. From my point of view and experience, the benefits far outweigh the cost of the conference. Someone at conference is always giving away a “rubber ducky” to take home to your kids, grandkids (or even yourself). There are a lot of other conference exhibit items that are fun and useful, but the reason for the conference exhibit is getting to know and spend some time with League Associates, Partners and other conference exhibitors and to have a little fun.

However, the main attraction for conference is the workshops! From the Delegate Registration on Wednesday to Closing Brunch on Friday, the conference is packed with informative sessions. 2014 featured leadership topics, cybersecurity, brownfield redevelopment and TIF, to name a few. I’m sure 2015 topics will be just as useful! In addition to workshops, you will get the chance to spend time and exchange ideas with other community leaders. It is amazing how much education is packed in to this conference. I also must say that the Iowa League of Cities staff does an amazing job of organizing and making sure that all runs smoothly. This is a great opportunity to plan ahead for invaluable training!

On October 27, I, along with League staff and several other city representatives, attended a public hearing regarding the recent Notice of Intended Action by the Iowa Department of Revenue on rulemaking for the new “multi-residential” classification of properties to be effective January 1, 2015. Before this hearing, League staff held an informal gathering at the League offices to share and discuss ideas concerning this rulemaking. I want to thank those city representatives who were able to speak as a part of the hearing. As of this writing in October, the rulemaking process has more steps before the rules are finalized, but this session crystallized for me that the legislative process is truly year-round.

Whether you see the League as an educational or legislative resource (or hopefully both!), I must stress to you that neither resource is as valuable without your interaction and involvement. Please send me a note if there is something that you would like to see written about or if you have information that you would like to share to me at mayor@crestoniowa.gov. I really enjoy reading and sharing good news stories.

Creston Mayor Warren Woods
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