Roland council member completes city government training

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Roland council member completes city government training

Andrew Webb, council member for the city of Roland, is among 79 city officials from across the state to be recognized for their participation in the 2013-14 Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA). The workshop series is conducted every other year after the regular municipal elections and is the only training opportunity that gives city officials in Iowa a broad-based look at the many aspects of city government. Topics covered during the workshop included council meeting procedures, city budgeting and economic development.

Webb and other MLA graduates were recognized for their accomplishment during a special awards ceremony at the Iowa League of Cities Annual Conference and Exhibit in Council Bluffs on September 25. Over 500 city officials attended parts of the MLA workshops; however, to graduate an official needed to attend four out of the five MLA sessions. After the recognition event, graduates received a special certificate honoring their completion of the training.

MLA offers a comprehensive overview of municipal government and is presented by staff of the Iowa League of Cities, the Institute of public Affairs at the University of Iowa and the Office of State and Local Government Programs at Iowa State University Extension.

MLA participants demonstrate a commitment to leadership worthy of special recognition; often taking time out of their personal lives to attend trainings on evenings and weekends.

The Iowa League of Cities is the oldest, continuously operating municipal league in the country. Founded in 1898, the League is a not-for-profit organization that serves as the unified voice for cities, providing advocacy, training and guidance to the cities of Iowa.