General Resource Organizations



Institute of Public Affairs

200 INRC

130 Grand Avenue Court

Iowa City, IA 52242

(319) 335-4523

Fax (319) 335-4401


Iowa League of Cities

317 Sixth Avenue, Suite 800

Des Moines, IA 50309-4111

(515) 244-0740

FAX:  (515) 244-0740


International City/County

Management Association

777 North Capitol St. NE, Suite 500

Washington, D.C. 20002

(202) 289-4262

Russ Hoff, Midwest Liaison

(202) 962-3646

Fax: (202) 962-3500


Iowa Association of Regional Councils

200 Tenth Street, 5th Floor

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 243-2000

Fax: (515) 243-5941



Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association

317 Sixth Avenue, Suite 800

Des Moines, IA 50309-4111

(515) 244-7282

Fax: (515) 244-0740



National League of Cities

1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Suite 550

Washington, D.C. 20004

(202) 626-3000

Fax: (202) 626-3043



Iowa State Association of Counties

501 SW 7th Street, Suite Q

Des Moines, IA 50309-4940


Iowa City/County Management Association

317 Sixth Avenue, Suite 800

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-7282

Fax: (515) 244-7282















Civil Human Rights




Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Grimes State Office Building

400 E. 14th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-4121


Uses education to fight discrimination in Iowa and addresses complaints



Iowa Department of Human Rights

Lucas Building

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 242-2655


Promotes equal access to work, services and opportunities to enhance the well-being of diverse populations in Iowa.


United States Commission on Civil Rights

624 9th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20425

(202) 376-8312


Investigates citizen complaints alleging discrimination in voting:  studies and collects information relating to discrimination.




Civic Engagement


Council for Excellence in Government

1301 K Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

(202) 728-0418


Works to improve the performance of government and its place in the lives and esteem of citizens.



Institute of Public Affairs

University of Iowa

200 INRC

130 Grand Avenue Ct.

Iowa City, IA 52242

(319) 335 4523

Fax: (319) 335-4401


Identifies methods and provides services to strengthen the effectiveness of the state of Iowa and local government.


Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Grimes State Office Building

400 E. 14th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-4121



Uses education to fight discrimination in Iowa and addresses complaints.


National Civic League

1445 Market Street

Suite 300

Denver, CO 80202

(303) 571-4343


Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy by transforming democratic institutions.


Office of Citizen’s Aide/Ombudsman

1112 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-3592


Serves Iowans in airing grievances relating to government.







Economic Development




Institute of Decision Making

College of Business Administration

Curris Business Building, Suite 5

Cedar Falls, IA 50614

(319) 273-6941


Guides citizens as they make decisions and take organized action to improve their communities through results-oriented economic and community development initiatives.



Iowa Department of Economic Development

Community Development Division

200 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 242- 4705


Division encouraging tourism as economic development.


Iowa State Extension to Communities

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011

(515) 294-8397


Provides a variety of education and training programs to assist the local community development process.


Untied States Department of Agriculture Rural Development - Iowa Office

210 Walnut, Room 873

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 284-4663


Provides a variety of technical and financial assistance to improve the quality of life for rural America.








Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System

PO Box 9117

Des Moines, IA 50306



retirement systems for public employees of the state and its political subdivisions.



Iowa Workforce Development

1000 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-5387



Provides information on state employment regulations.


National Public Employment Labor Relations Association

1617 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 836-9626


Association for labor and employee relations of federal, state and local governments, schools and special districts.


Secretary of Sate

State Capitol, Room 105

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-5204


Addresses election laws and keeps official records of the executive branch and the acts of the legislature.








United States Department of Labor - Iowa Office

210 Walnut Street, Room 643

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 284-4625


Achieves compliance with labor standards through enforcement, administrative and educational programs.



Finance / Budget / Taxation




Auditor of State

State Capitol Building, Room 111

Des Moines, IA 50319



Provides audit, review and other technical services to local government.


Government Finance Officers

203 North La Salle Street, Suite 2700

Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 977-9700


Association of state/local finance officers in the United States and Canada that promotes sound management of government financial resources.


Iowa Department of Management

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-3322


Planning and budgeting agency within the executive branch of  Iowa state government.


Iowa Department of Revenue

Hoover Building, 4th Floor

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 223-6220

Fire / Emergency Medical Services




Fire Service Training Bureau

3100 Fire Service Road

Ames, IA 50011

(888) 469-2374


Provides education, service, research and leadership for fire and emergency service delivery. 


International Association of Fire Chiefs

4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 300

Fairfax, VA 22033

(703) 273-0911


Information and advocacy for fire chiefs.


Iowa Emergency Management Association

Warren County Office of Emergency Management

PO Box 337

Indianola, IA 50125

(515) 961-1105


Assists local governments in disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mititgation.


Iowa Homeland Security and

Emergency Management Division

7105 NW 70th Avenue

Camp Dodge, Building W-4

Johnston, IA 50131

(515) 725-3231


Supports, coordinates and maintains state and local emergency management activities.


State Fire Marshal

Iowa Department of Public Safety

215 East 7th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 725-6145


Iowa State Association of Counties

501 SW 7th Street, Suite Q

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-7181


Provides publications, education and advocacy for member counties in Iowa.


National Association of Counties

25 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20001


Provides legislative, research, technical and public affairs service to their county members.


National Conference of State Legislatures

444 North Capitol Street

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 624-5400


Fosters interstate cooperation and gives members representation in Congress.


National Governors Association

444 North Capitol Street

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 624-5300


Bipartisan association of state governors that gives members federal representation.


National League of Cities

1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 550

Washington, DC 20004

(202) 626-3000


Provides technical assistance and representation for cities in U.S. Congress.








Office of Sate and Local Government Programs

Political Science Department

Ross Hall

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011

(515) 294-1844


Provides education and training programs for elected an dappointed local government officials in Iowa.


United State Conference of Mayors

1620 I Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 293-7330


Nonpartisan organization of mayors of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.


Urban Institute

2100 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20037

(202) 833-7200


Nonpartisan research organization that works to improve government decisions and increase citizens’ awareness.
















Housing / Homelessness




Fannie Mae

Iowa Partnership Office

699 Walnut Street, Suite 1375

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 697-3721


Provide financial products and services that make it possible for low, moderate and middle income families to buy homes.



Iowa Department of Economic Development

Community Facilities and Services

200 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 242-4825


Administers housing and homeless grants for communities.


Iowa Finance Authority

2015 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50312

(515) 725-4900


Provides programs for affordable housing, business development and the environment.


United States Department of Housing and Urban Development – Iowa Office

210 Walnut, Room 239

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 284-4512


Addresses homelessness and affordable housing.






Information Technology




Center for Digital Government

100 Blue Ravine Road

Fosom, CA 95630

(916) 932-1300


The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute providing government, industry and education leaders with decision support, research and educational resources to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.



e-Gov First Stop

Center for Technology in Government

University of Albany

187 Wolf Road

Albany, NY 12205

(518) 442-3892


A project from the University of Albany in New York, e-Gov FirstStop focuses on practical policy, strategy, or technology aspects of e-government programs and services.  All resources are reviewed for pertinent content, require no subscriptions and are internet-based.


Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility

215 & 218 Durham Center

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011

(515) 294-7312


Provides GIS research for students, faculty and staff, as well as GIS education and outreach to the ISU community and the state of Iowa











Information Technology Enterprise – State of Iowa

Hoover State Office Building

Level B

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-5503


Information Technology Department exists to provide leadership in the application of technology to its customers’ business processes.  Our customers are the various agencies of State government as well as governmental entities outside of State government and the citizens using the services of these entities.


Iowa Geographic Information Council

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011


The Iowa Geographic Information Council website is a clearinghouse for state-specific GIS data.  The council was formally established by Executive Order Number 65 in July of 1998.  The Council consists of representatives from federal, state, county, regional and local governments, colleges and universities, and the private sector.



Public Technologies Incorporated

1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20004

(866) 664-6368


Nonprofit technology organization for all cities and counties in the United States.


State Library of Iowa

112 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-4105

(800) 248-4403


Advocates and promotes excellence and innovation in libraty sevices ot provide statewide access to information.




Law / Legal Issues




Attorney General

1305 E Walnut Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-5164


Chief legal officer for Iowa and head of the Iowa Department of Justice.


International Municipal Lawyers Association

7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1440

(202) 466-5424


The International Municipal Lawyers Association (MLA) (formerly the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers or NIMLO) is a non-profit, professional organization that has been an advocate and legal resource for local government attorneys since 1935.  It champions the development of fair and realistic legal solutions and provides its members with information about, and solutions to, the profusion of legal issues facing local governments today.



Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board

510 East 12th Street, Suite 1A

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 281-4028


Handles oversight of campaign finance laws and ethical conduct of state executive branc, personnel and lobbyists.


Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association

C/O Iowa League of Cities

317 Sixth Avenue, Suite 800

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-7282


Enhances the professional development of and promotes information exchange among municipal attorneys in Iowa.




National Association of Attorneys General

2030 M Street NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 326-6000


Fosters cooperation among state attorneys general and helps them respond effectively to emerging state and federal issues.




Law Enforcement




International Association of Chiefs of Police

515 North Washington Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 836-6767


Association of chief executives of international, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies of all sixes.



Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

PO Box 130

Camp Dodge

Johnston, IA 50131

(515) 242-5357


Provides training for Iowa law enforcement officers and sets standards for the law enforcement service.


Iowa Police Executive Forum

PO Box 1223

Newton, IA 50208

(641) 791-0850


Association of police chiefs whose purpose is to discuss policy issues affecting law enforcement and pursue related legislative initiatives.



Parks and Recreations




Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Parks, Recreation and Preserves Division

Wallace State Office Building

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-5918


Protects and develops Iowa’s natural areas for the benefit of citizens and visitors.


Iowa Parks and Recreation Association

1534 Penrose Street

Grinnell, IA 50112

(641) 236-3917


Supports the advancement of park, recreation and environmental conservation opportunities through education, resource tools and advocacy.



National recreation and Park Association

22377 Belmont Ridge road

Ashburn, VA 20148

(703) 858-0784


Helps parks and recreation professionals make facilities responsive to the needs of the public and protects facilities environmentally and politically.











Planning / Land Use



American Planning Association and

American Institute of Certified Planners

1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 872-0611


National association that promotes the field of planning.


Department of community &

Regional Planning Iowa State University

Gary Taylor, J.D., AICP

286 college of Design

Ames, IA 50011

(515) 294-2973



Iowa State University Extension and the ISU Department of Community & Regional Planning offer training programs, current publications, and technical assistance to help elected and appointed officials carry out their planning and zoning responsibilities.  Products range from the Iowa Planning Officials Academy Program and the Iowa Land Use Planning Notebook to a variety of presentations and publications on specific planning and zoning topics.  Contact Gary Taylor for more information.


Iowa Association of Regional Councils

818 Des Moines Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 242-0001


Association of regional councils that provides services in areas such as community development, transportation, housing and land use.



Iowa Department of Economic Development

City Development Board

East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 242-4719


Reviews proposals for city boundary changes, discontinuance and incorporation.

Public Works / Solid Waste / Environment




American Public Works Association

1401 K Street NW, 11th Floor

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 408-9541


Promotes professional excellence and public awareness about public works issues through education and advocacy.


American Water Works Association

6666 West Quincy Avenue

Denver, CO 80235

(303) 794-7711


Nonprofit educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply.


Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Environmental Protection Division

502 E 9th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-4367


Conserves natural resources through pollution prevention and responsible waste management.



Iowa Recycling Association

2742 SE Market St.

Des Moines, IA 50317

(515) 265-1596


Enhances recycling efforts in Iowa by providing members information on markets and collection methods.





Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations

Carroll County Solid Waste Management Commission


Works to increase professionalism among members provides high quality waste management services and protects the environment.


Iowa Water Pollution Control Association

707 Diamond Court

Ames, IA 50010

(800) 469-2426


Includes municipal and industrial personnel, regulatory agencies, scientists and educators and works to enhance public education on water quality improvement and protection.


Keep Iowa Beautiful

300 East Locust, Suite 100

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 323-6537


Assist communities and organizations in cleanup and beautification projects through anti-littering education programs.


Solid Waste Association of North America

1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 710

Silver Spring, MD 20910

(800) 467-9262


Promotes the advancement of environmentally and economically sound municipal solid waste management.











Regional Councils




Upper Explorer Land Regional

Planning Commission

(Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Winneshiek)

134 West Greene Street

PO Box 219

Postville, IA 52162

(563) 864-7535


North Iowa Area council of Governments

(Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock,

Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, Worth)

525 6th St. NW

Mason City, IA 50401

(641) 423-0491

Fax: (641) 423-1637


Northwest Iowa planning and

 Development Commission

(Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet,

 Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Sioux)

217 W. 85th St.

PO Box 1493

Spencer, IA 51301

(712) 262-7225

Fax: (712) 262-7665


Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council

(Monona, Plymouth, Woodbury, Dakota (NE), Union (SD) )

507 7th St. Suite 411

Sioux City, IA 51102

(712) 279-6920











Region Six Planning Commission

(Hardin, Poweshiek, Tama, Marshall)

Marshalltown, IA 50158

(641) 752 6202

Fax: (641) 752-9857


Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments

(Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy)

229 E. Park Avenue

Waterloo, IA 50703

(319) 235-0311

Fax: (319) 235-2891


East Central Intergovernmental Assoc.

(Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Cedar, Jackson)

3999 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 200

PO Box 1140

Dubuque, IA 52002

(563) 556-4166

Fax: (563) 556-0348


Bi-State Regional Commission

(Muscatine, Scott, Henry (IL), Mercer (IL), rock Island (IL))

1504 Third Avenue

PO Box 3368

Rock Island, IL 61204-3368

(309) 793-6300

Fax: (309) 793-6350


Midas Council of Governments

(Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster, Wright)

602 1st Avenue South

Fort Dodge, IA 50501

(515) 576-7183

Fax: (515) 576-7184






Region XII Council of Governments

(Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Sac)

1009 East Anthony St.

PO Box 768

Carroll, IA 51401

(712) 792-9914

Fax: (712) 792-1751


Southwest Iowa Planning Council

(Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Montgomery, Page, Shelby)

1501 SW 7th St.

PO Box 348

Atlantic, IA 50022

(712) 243-4196

Fax: (712) 243-3458


Southern Iowa Council of Governments

(Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor, Union)

101 E Montgomery

PO Box 102

Creston, IA 50801-0102

(641) 782 8491

Fax: (641) 782-8492



East Central IA Council of Governments

(Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Hones, Linn, Washington)

700 16th St. NE, Suite 301

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

(319) 356-9941


Area XV Regional Planning Commission

(Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren, Wapello, Wayne)

651 Indian Hills Dr, Bldg 17

PO Box 1110

Ottumwa, IA 52501

(515) 684-6551

Fax: (515) 684-6551




SE Iowa Regional Planning Commission

(Des Moines, Henry. Lee, Louisa)

200 Front St. Suite 400

Burlington, IA 52601

(319) 753-5107

Fax: (319) 754-4763



Metropolitan Area Planning Agency

(Mills, Pottawattamie, Douglas (NE), Sarpy (NE), Washington (NE))

2222 Cuming

Omaha, NE 68102

(402) 444-6866

Fax: (402) 342-0949




State Agencies

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Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Wallace State Office Building

502 E 9th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-5321


Department of Commerce

1918 SE Hulsizer Road

Ankeny, IA 50021

(515) 281-7430


Department of Culture Affairs

600 East Locust

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-6412




Department of Elder Affairs

Clemens Building

200-10th St.  3rd Floor

Des Moines, IA 50309-3609

(515) 242-3333  


Department of Inspections and Appeals

Lucas State Office Building

321 E. 12th St.

Des Moines, IA 50319-0083

(515) 281-7102

Fax: (515) 242-6863


Department of Public Health

Des Moines, IA 50319

Fax: (515) 281-4958


Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

1918 SE Hulsizer Rd

Ankeny, IA 50021

(515) 281-7430

Fax: (515) 281-7385


Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board

514 East Locust Street, Suite 104

Des Moines, IA 50309



Public employment Relations Board

510 E 12th Street, Suite 1B

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-4414

Fax: (515) 242-6511












Center for Transportation Research and Education

2901 S. Loop Drive

Suite 3100

Ames, IA 50010

(515) 294-8103


Performs transportation research and provides services for public and private agencies and companies.


Iowa Department of Transportation

800 Lincoln Way

Ames, IA 50010

(515) 239-1101


Provides information on a variety of transportation issues such as road work, motor vehicles and public transportation.


Iowa Good Roads Association

1000 Walnut Street, Suite 102

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 284-7410


Comprised of cities, counties, business and individuals that work to improve funding for Iowa streets, roads and highways.


United States Department of Transportation

400 Seventh Street SW

Washington, DC 20590

(202) 366-4000


Works to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets national interests.





Utilities / Telecommunications



Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

1735 NE 70th Avenue

Ankeny, IA 50021

(515) 289-5979


Provides support to locally – owned and operated Iowa municipal utilities.


Iowa Rural Water Association

4221 s. 22nd Ave. East

Newton, IA 50208

(800) 747-7782

Fax: (641) 787-0331


Iowa Utilities Board

350 Maple Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-5979

Fax: (515) 281-5329


Regulates certain electric, natural gas, telephone and water utilities in Iowa.


National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 495

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 519-8035


Represents the telecommunication needs and interests of local government and those who advise local governments.



United States Department of Energy

1000 Independence Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20585

(202) 586-5000


Researches and provides a variety of information regarding energy use and production.