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Iowa City / County Management Association

IMMI – March 14 – 16

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Information from Jeff Schott regarding the Iowa Municipal Management Institute.

The 30th Iowa Municipal Management Institute (IMMI) is scheduled for March 14-16, 2018, at the Hotel Vetro in downtown Iowa City.  We look forward to providing city/county managers, administrators and other key local government staff from Iowa with a top notch professional development program as well as convivial networking opportunities.

Please note critical information:

Conference Program –The theme of the 2018 IMMI is “Leading Through Change”.  The preliminary Conference Program can be found on our website: IMMI Preliminary Program 2018

All conference programs will be the Hotel Vetro, 201 South Linn Street, in downtown Iowa City.

We anticipate that IMMI will be approved for Iowa Municipal Professional Flexible Credits by IMFOA.  Please be sure to request this in advance of the conference. IMMI is also approved for 2.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

Registration – IMMI conference registration will again be handled directly by the University Conference Center. Attendees should register electronically at: https://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/UIConferences/meetings.aspx?cnfcode=18-073-01

(Note:  This link may take several seconds to connect so be patient; or you can cut and paste into your browser.)

You may also register by phone 1-800-551-9029 or 319-335-4141, fax 319-335-4039, or by mail.  The conference registration form and program information is also available at our website at http://www.ipa-uiowa.org/conference.html

Please note that registering for the conference does not reserve you a hotel room.  This must be done separately.

Registration Fee – The conference registration fee for the program and meals is $450.  Student registration is $150.

Registration Deadline – The deadline for conference registration to take advantage of the $450 fee is Friday, February 23.  After February 23, the conference fee is $500.

Hotel Reservations – The conference hotel will be the Hotel Vetro, 201 South Linn Street, in downtown Iowa CityBecause our usual conference hotel, The Sheraton, sold and is currently closed for renovation, a very limited number of rooms are available at Hotel Vetro.  Rooms are also available to IMMI attendees at the new Hilton Garden Inn, 328 South Clinton Street, located just a few minutes walking distance from the Hotel Vetro.

Room rates:
$95.00 per night plus tax for the Hotel Vetro
$95 per night plus tax for the Hilton Garden Inn,

Hotel reservations at the Hotel Vetro can be made starting today by calling 319-337-4961.

Please let them know you are attending IMMI (a/k/a the City Managers’ Conference).

IMPORTANT:  Room reservations at Hotel Vetro must be made by Thursday, March 1, 2018.  We have a block of rooms on reserve but we lose our “hold” and special rate after March 1st.
Hotel reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn can be made starting today by calling 319-248-6100.

IMPORTANT:  Room reservations at Hilton Garden Inn must be made by Friday, February 16th.  We have a block of rooms on reserve but we lose our “hold” and special rate after February 16th.

Attendees will need to make their hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  The Institute will not be involved in making hotel reservations. 

If you would like to share a room with another attendee as in previous years, you need to coordinate with your roommate and arrange for one of you to make the reservation.  If you are looking for a roommate, I recommend posting a notice on the “Grapevine” to that effect and you can team up with somebody else who is looking for a roommate.

Parking:  Off-street parking is available in a ramp adjacent to the hotel. Thanks to the City of Iowa City, parking at this ramp will be available at no cost for attendees (whether staying at the hotel or commuting to the conference).   The conference is taking place during the University’s spring break, so we do not anticipate any problem with parking availability.

IMMI Conference Stipend:  The IaCMA Executive Board annually budgets significant resources for stipends to attend the Iowa Municipal Management Institute (IMMI). Multiple stipends covering all or a portion of registration costs will be awarded. Selection will be based primarily on first time IMMI attendance and financial need. IMMI provides Iowa’s city/county managers and administrators a unique opportunity to participate in a national level management development experience without traveling outside the state. If you are interested in being considered for an IMMI stipend, please send a very brief request with your name, title, city, number of years in the profession and previous IMMI conferences that you have attended. Please send this information to marktomb@iowaleague.org by Noon on Thursday, February 1. If payment has already been sent in for IMMI, the stipend will be sent to your city. The decision will be made shortly after the deadline.

We look forward to seeing you in Iowa City March 14-16.

Jeff Schott
Director, Institute of Public Affairs
The University of Iowa

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