Newly Elected Officials Training

Newly Elected Officials Training

City and town elected officials truly serve on the front lines of government. 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, Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) 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. Four years ago, Aim’s Newly Elected Officials Training assisted more than 1,000 city and town officials. The 2023-2024 program, presented in partnership with the Aim Medical Trust and Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC, promises to be bigger and better and will benefit both municipal government newcomers 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. Phase two provides specific training for mayors, clerk-treasurers, and council members. The final component is Aim Boot Camp, a three-day intensive basic training for municipal officials.

General Information

Lesley Mosier
Chief Administrative & Development Officer
[email protected]
317-237-6200 x 223


January 16 (Indianapolis)

Both workshops are offered in conjunction with Aim Boot Camp. Aim Clerk-Treasurers Workshop is a critical gathering of elected municipal fiscal officers and is a must attend for new and veteran clerk-treasurers. Referenced as a “called meeting” by the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA), the workshop will offer timely instruction on the state’s expectations of its newest fiscal stewards. Aim Council Members Workshop is a vital education day for elected council members and is a must attend for new and veteran council members.


January 16 – 18 (Indianapolis)

The final drill of NEO training is Aim Boot Camp. Just like it sounds, Boot Camp is an intensive three-day conference that is jampacked with instruction from veteran municipal officials and experts in municipal government. A look into the basic operations of government, overviews of municipal finance and specific revenue streams, ethics, purchasing, and much more will be covered by our respected panelists of veteran officials and experts. Aim Corporate Members are invited to participate in the Exhibit Hall on January 16.


December 4 (Evansville), December 9 (Noblesville), December 12 (Fort Wayne), December 13 (Fair Oaks Farms), and December 18 (Madison)

Aim Regional Training sessions are held in the weeks following municipal elections. The day-long workshop will be offered in five locations across the state and will focus on the first weeks in office, including what to expect at the first council meeting. You will be given 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, Aim staff, and leading municipal experts.


December 6 – 8 (Noblesville)

Mayors School is an in-depth conference offered specifically for Indiana mayors and will arm them with the knowledge and confidence to meet the challenges that come with a new term in office. The intensive schedule, tailored to mayors of all sized communities, provides both detailed instruction and roundtable style interaction. Mayors School allows newly elected mayors to meet and quickly begin establishing relationships with one another and the many veteran mayors who will be in attendance.

Boot Camp Exhibit Hall

Aim Boot Camp is prime time to meet and engage with new and veteran municipal officials. The Boot Camp Exhibit Hall was held Tuesday, January 16, in Indianapolis. In 2020, Aim’s Newly Elected Officials Training assisted more than 1,000 city and town officials (new and veteran), and we had another large turnout in 2024! 

Sponsorship Opportunities

NEO events are the perfect time to meet and engage with new and returning municipal officials. Supporting the 2023 – 2024 NEO program will not only help your organization build and maintain relationships with Hoosier municipal officials, it will support their efforts to obtain vital education.

Indiana Municipal Officials Handbook

The Indiana Municipal Officials Handbook is a nearly 300-page reference guide published every four years by Aim 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 municipal official registered for Boot Camp will receive one of these coveted handbooks. Further, the Handbook will be updated annually and available via digital download until the edit edition in 2028.