Mayors Institute

Gain practical tools that you can apply to the real-life challenges you face as mayor. Mayors Institute is a high-level learning experience, designed exclusively for Indiana mayors, that we introduced back in 2009. In 2016, we kicked off a new partnership with the Indiana Communities Institute (ICI) at Ball State University that’s helped to make the program better than ever before.

Mayors Institute features a day and a half of highly substantive sessions led by Aim staff, Ball State faculty, and guest speakers where you’re led through unique leadership and problem solving exercises with your colleagues from around the state. Mayors Institute sessions are timely, relevant, and essential, and they feature many opportunities for you to share innovative, effective strategies to run city government.

All Hoosier mayors are invited to participate in the Mayors Institute to achieve certification in this city leadership program. Complete details and registration information are available in the registration brochure. Call the Aim office at 317-237-6200 if you have any questions.

November 30 – December 1
City Hardware, Indianapolis

Aim and ICI will host Mayors Institute, November 30 – December 1, in Indianapolis. All Hoosier mayors are invited to participate in the Mayors Institute to achieve certification in this exciting city leadership program.

Hotel Information
Home2 Suites
115 N Pennsylvania Street, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-423-3636

Group Name: Aim Mayors Institute
Aim Rate: $139 plus tax

Please contact Home2 Suites directly online or by calling 317-423-3636 for hotel reservations and request the Aim hotel block. Reservations must be made by November 15 to receive the group rate. Aim is not responsible for hotel reservations or cancellations.

Contact us

Jennifer Simmons
Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]
317-237-6200 x 240

Natalie Hurt
Special Events & Conferences Director
[email protected]
317-237-6200 x 233

Participation and Recognition in City Leadership

All Indiana mayors are strongly encouraged to attend at least two Mayors Institute sessions each year.  Aim and the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University will award a Certificate of Achievement in three levels.  Achievement will be measured by participation and attendance at the Mayors Institute sessions. Additionally, mayors who have already reached Indiana City Leadership Ambassador status are now eligible for a brand-new level:  Indiana City Leadership Executive.

Certificates of Achievement

Gold

Certificate as an Indiana City Leadership Ambassador
  • Attend 10 two-day sessions
  • Press release and article distributed to local media
  • Certificate presented at city council meeting if desired

Silver

Certificate in Advanced City Leadership

  • Attend 6 two-day sessions
  • Press release and article distributed to local media

Bronze

Certificate in City Leadership

  • Attend 4 two-day sessions
  • Press release and article distributed to local media

Becoming an Indiana City Leadership Executive

Once you’ve earned a Gold Certification and have been designated as an Indiana City Leadership Ambassador, you’re then eligible to earn the Indiana City Leadership Executive designation by fulfilling all the requirements in Part A below, along with one of the requirements in Part B.
Part A
  1. Completing six additional Mayors Institute programs, and
  2. Delivering a substantive topic presentation on a panel at one Mayors Institute program
Part B
  1. Delivering one substantive topic presentation related to Part A, No. 2 at an appropriate venue in their city such as a council meeting, service organization meeting, or economic development organization; or,
  2. Delivering one substantive topic presentation at an Aim statewide meeting; or
  3. Delivering one substantive topic presentation at a national meeting of municipal officials such as the National League of Cities or U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting Indiana City Leadership Executive Certification Form
Members