Learning the Tools of Success
City and town elected officials truly serve on the front lines of our American democracy. It can be a challenging responsibility, particularly for those recently elected. Yet with the proper preparation and training, municipal officials can assume responsibilities of office, smoothly and effectively.
Every four years, IACT conducts Newly Elected Officials Training to provide basic information and tools for city and town officials, helping them manage their first weeks in office and build a foundation for a successful term. IACT’s 2011-2012 Newly Elected Officials Training assisted city and town officials. The 2015-2016 program, promises to be bigger and better, and will benefit both municipal government rookies and veterans alike.
There are three phases to the training program. Beginning with a day-long workshop that will be offered in five locations across the state, Regional Training will focus on the first weeks in office, including what to expect a the first council meeting. Regional Training will be followed by Mayors School, an in-depth conference offered specifically for mayors. The Clerk Treasurers Workshop will be offered in conjunction with the IACT Boot Camp, which provides basic training for municipal officials. The final component of the program is the Indiana Elected Municipal Officials Handbook, recognized as an authoritative guide to practical city and town government procedures.
Phase 1: Basic Survival Skills
IACT Regional Training
IACT Regional Training sessions are held soon after municipal elections. We want to give you some of the critical tools that you will need during transition, and when you hit the ground running on day-one. These training sessions are staffed by veteran municipal officials, IACT staff and leading municipal experts.
Phase 2: Classroom Instruction
IACT Mayors School
This robust agenda will arm Indiana’s mayors with the knowledge and confidence to meet the challenges that come with a new term in office. The intensive IACT Mayors School schedule, tailored to mayors of all sized communities, provides both detailed instruction and roundtable style interaction. Mayors School also allows newly elected mayors to meet and quickly begin establishing relationships with one another and the many veteran mayors who will be in attendance.
IACT Clerk-Treasurers Workshop
A “called meeting” by the Indiana State Board of Accounts, this critical gathering of elected municipal fiscal officers will immediately precede IACT’s intensive two-day Boot Camp for Newly Elected Officials.
Phase 3: The Final Drill
IACT Boot Camp for Newly Elected Officials
Just like the real thing, the IACT Boot Camp is an intense, no-holds-barred offering of the tools you will need to have for a successful first year in office.
A look into the basic operations of government, detailed overviews of municipal finance and budgeting, ethics, purchasing and much more will be covered by our respected panelists of veteran officials and experts. Boot Camp content will be relevant for communities of all sizes and elected officials of all skill and experience levels with greatest emphasis given to those new to municipal government.
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Indiana Elected Municipal Officials Handbook
The Indiana Elected Municipal Officials Handbook is a reference guide,
published by IACT, for city and town officials. The handbook reviews the
structure and operations of city and town government, applicable
statutes, and sources of state and federal programs. Each member
municipality will be allotted two complimentary copies of the handbook
and additional copies will be available for purchase. Each municipal
official registered for Boot Camp will receive one of these coveted