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IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE September Volume 69 I No. 3 20 12 10 Q&A: Unemployment insurance Learn more about the federal and state unemployment insurance programs as they relate to local government. Iowa Reinvestment Act The IRA will provide $100 million in rebated sales and hotel tax revenue for municipalities to establish rein-vestment districts. Learn more about how to apply. Setting legislative priorities The Legislative Policy Committee will present member-ship with these proposed legislative priories during the Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Conference & Exhibit. USDA funding helps big, small projects In the last five years USDA Rural Development has assisted more than 200 rural Iowa communities with projects big and small. Could your community qualify for a grant? Q&A: Reserve police officers Volunteers have been used to protect communities for centuries. Learn more about the strict guidelines today’s reserve police officers follow as they serve our communities. Small city oversight Municipal oversight went into effect on July 1, 2013. Review the rules and processes associated with this new law. 14 16 22 9 9 21 21 24 23 16 17 2 7 13 11 6 23 12 23 12 19 25 27 13 10 13 12 2 23 21 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. CPMI, Inc. Foth Infrastructure & Environment FOX Engineering Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. GATSO USA Great Plains Government Finance Officers Association HR Green, Inc. I & S Group, Inc. IIW, P.C. Iowa Communities Assurance Pool Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. McClure Engineering Company Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Purple Wave Auction Red Wing Software Shive-Hattery, Inc. Snyder & Associates, Inc. Speer Financial, Inc. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc TrueNorth® USW Utility Group Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. in this issue advertisers 20 22 26 CITYSCAPE STAFF Publisher: Alan Kemp l Editor: Heather Roberts Staff contributors: Alan Kemp; Bethany Crile; Mark Tomb; Mickey Shields; Ron Sinnwell; Heather Roberts; Cindy Kendall; Erin Mullenix; Terry Timmins; Bruce Bergman; Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; City of Manning; USDA Rural Development ABOUT THE COVER Manning’s new community branding flanks street lights, letterhead and economic development material. Learn more about their refreshing process on page 12. Cityscape (ISSN 1088-5951) is published monthly by the Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309, (515) 244-7282, FAX (978) 367-9733. A subscription to Cityscape is $18/year ($20 outside Iowa) for members and $50/year for non-members. Periodicals postage paid at Des Moines, IA. U.S.P .S. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309. September 2013 Cityscape 3

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