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LEAGUE of CITIES 10 23 IOWA January 2016 | Volume 71 | No. 7 contents So you got elected. Now what? Practical tips and advice to help anyone approach their first days, months or years in city office. All in a day’s work In most communities the city council meets once or twice a month for an hour or two, but serving as a mayor or council member includes much more than attending council meetings. Take a peek at what West Burlington Mayor Hans Trousil does day-to-day. 14 13 Who is the Iowa League of Cities Get to know your League. We serve as the unified voice of cities, providing advocacy, training and guid -ance to strengthen Iowa’s communities, and we’re here to help. Features information relevant to various city departments: -Relationships matter -Open meetings basics -Setting the tone from the top -The city’s role in economic development -Teamwork is a key ingredient for success -When is a conflict not a conflict? Seeing the big picture Many elected-officials ran for office to affect change in their communities; a noble task. Since most cities already have long-term plans in place it is important to know where to look to learn as much as you can before seeking to change an established program or effort. About the cover 16 West Burlington residents celebrate the community’s an -nual Fourth of July festival. In the Around the State fea -ture on page 10, learn more about the day-to-day duties of Mayor Hans Trousil. 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 sub-scription 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. Iowa League of Cities | January 2016 | 3

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