Cityscape February 2015 : Page 4

President's Viewpoint l Opportunities Await he League’s Legislative Day is coming February 24. This year has the added benefit of a 9 a.m. to noon Economic Development Workshop featuring state agencies, law firms and League staff. This by itself would be worth the price of admission, but there is more in the afternoon. From 1 to 4 p.m. you have an opportunity to meet with key legislators, attend possible committee meetings or just enjoy the ambiance of the legislative process of the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate. I’m sure there are hot button issues that affect your city that you would like to discuss with legislators, and now is the time. Hopefully I will see you there. The day continues from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with a reception for attendees, legislators and key state agency employees. There still may be time to register, check the League Web site, www.iowaleague.org, for all of the information. I have found Legislative Day very beneficial in the past, and this year’s event should be even better with the addition of the Economic Development Workshop. In November, it was my privilege to attend the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, TX. NLC is a bipartisan organization focused on connecting officials to local government solutions. This was a four-day conference focused on everything for city’s local elected officials and staff. Seminars included topics on innova-tion and technology; the role of elected officials during an emergency, crisis or disaster; public speaking; civic engagement; partnerships; complete communities; library best practices; historic preservation; public safety and crime prevention to name few -and that was just the first day. In addition to the many seminars there were meetings involving special groups such as Hispanic Elected Local Officials; Republican Mayor and City Council Caucus; Democratic Elected Officials; Young Elected Officials; National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Offi-cials; Women in Municipal Government; Small Cities Council; Large Cities Council; and Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials. We had an opportunity to hear from nationally recognized leaders like renowned journalist David Gregory and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. I came home from this conference with a renewed sense of purpose, knowing that many cities and towns across Amer-ica are facing very similar struggles. It has been said that problems are just opportunities in disguise. If this is true, then we all have some wonderful opportunities facing us. The 2015 NLC Congress of Cities will be in Nashville TN, November 4 – 7. I’m sure that Nashville will be a wonderful host city just as Austin was. T Warren Woods | Creston Mayor | President, Iowa League of Cities Creston Mayor Warren Woods EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Warren Woods, Mayor, Creston, (641) 782-2000 l President-elect: Matt Walsh, Mayor, Council Bluffs, (712) 328-4616 l Immediate Past President: Buck Clark, Mayor, Waterloo, (319) 291-4301 l Past President: Reynold Peterson, Mayor, Spencer, (712) 580-7200 l Past Presi-dent: Kris Gulick, Council Member, Cedar Rapids, (319) 286-5051 DIRECTORS Patty Anderson, City Clerk/Administrator, Hartley, (712) 928-2240 l Lori Brown, City Clerk, Wilton, (563) 732-2115 l Coleen Chipman, Council Member, North Liberty, (319) 626-5700 l Kay Cmelik, City Clerk/Finance Officer, Grinnell, (641) 236-2600 l Kim Downs, City Administrator, Hiawatha, (319) 393-1515 l Jim Erb, Mayor, Charles City, (641) 257-6300 | Jim Ferneau, City Administrator, Burlington, (319) 753-8124 l Clint Fichter, City Man-ager, Avoca, (712) 343-2424 l Linda Gaul, City Clerk, Earlville, (563) 923-3365 l Gregg Mandsager, City Administrator/Clerk, Muscatine, (563) 264-1550 Scott Peterson, City Administrator/Clerk, Lake View, (712) 657-2634 | Kimberly Sacker, Council Member, Van Meter, (515) 996-2644 l Adam Schweers, Mayor, Carroll, (712) 792-1000 l Hans Trousil, Mayor, West Burlington, (319) 752-5451 LEAGUE STAFF Elisabeth Bender, Administrative Assistant l Monica Blay, Administrative Assistant l Shannon Busby, Office Manager l Bethany Crile, Communications Coordinator l Aric Cudnohosky, Database Administrator l Alison R. Deiter, Accountant l Kim Gannon, Claims Examiner l Jeff Hovey, Director of Risk Services l Matt Jackson, Claims Manager | Lisa Jones, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Cindy Kendall, Extension Program Specialist l Tim Kirgan, Marketing Manager l Alan Kemp, Executive Director | Jenny McKenzie, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Dustin Miller, General Counsel l Dana Monosmith, Controller l Erin Mullenix, Research and Fiscal Analyst | Ed Morrison, Loss Control Representative l Robert Palmer, Government Affairs Manager | Ryan Pealer, Network Administrator l Heather Roberts, Director of Information Services l Dean Schade, Senior Loss Control Representative l Mickey Shields, Assistant Director of Membership Services l Ron Sinnwell, Loss Control Coordinator l Scott Smith, Loss Control Representative l Mark Tomb, Director of Membership Services l Katie Wheeler, Graphic Designer | Chuck Williams, R.N., Senior Claims Examiner l Madison Williamson, Ad-ministrative Assistant l Tiffani Williamson, Accounting Assistant 4 Cityscape February 2015

President's Viewpoint

The League’s Legislative Day is coming February 24. This year has the added benefit of a 9 a.m. to noon Economic Development Workshop featuring state agencies, law firms and League staff. This by itself would be worth the price of admission, but there is more in the afternoon. From 1 to 4 p.m. you have an opportunity to meet with key legislators, attend possible committee meetings or just enjoy the ambiance of the legislative process of the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate. I’m sure there are hot button issues that affect your city that you would like to discuss with legislators, and now is the time. Hopefully I will see you there.

The day continues from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with a reception for attendees, legislators and key state agency employees. There still may be time to register, check the League Web site, www.iowaleague.org, for all of the information. I have found Legislative Day very beneficial in the past, and this year’s event should be even better with the addition of the Economic Development Workshop.

In November, it was my privilege to attend the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, TX. NLC is a bipartisan organization focused on connecting officials to local government solutions. This was a four-day conference focused on everything for city’s local elected officials and staff. Seminars included topics on innovation and technology; the role of elected officials during an emergency, crisis or disaster; public speaking; civic engagement; partnerships; complete communities; library best practices; historic preservation; public safety and crime prevention to name few - and that was just the first day. In addition to the many seminars there were meetings involving special groups such as Hispanic Elected Local Officials; Republican Mayor and City Council Caucus; Democratic Elected Officials; Young Elected Officials; National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials; Women in Municipal Government; Small Cities Council; Large Cities Council; and Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials. We had an opportunity to hear from nationally recognized leaders like renowned journalist David Gregory and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

I came home from this conference with a renewed sense of purpose, knowing that many cities and towns across America are facing very similar struggles. It has been said that problems are just opportunities in disguise. If this is true, then we all have some wonderful opportunities facing us.

The 2015 NLC Congress of Cities will be in Nashville TN, November 4 – 7. I’m sure that Nashville will be a wonderful host city just as Austin was.

Creston Mayor Warren Woods

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