Aim Ideas Summit

October 6 – 8
Century Center, South Bend

The Aim Ideas Summit spotlights just how comprehensive our commitment is to accelerating Indiana municipalities. We packed in more than 130 exhibitors, organizations, and state agencies specializing in municipal government solutions, an exciting mix of speakers, 25 workshops, networking opportunities, and one-on-one consultations into a mere three days.

There is also some association business that needs to happen at the conference. Be sure to attend the Opening and Closing Business Sessions to help elect Aim officers, board members, and formulate policies for the coming year.

Call for Workshop Proposals

Last year’s Ideas Summit was one of our most ambitious undertakings so far, full of new and exciting programming, and we hope to outdo ourselves again in 2020!

Aim will offer more than 25 workshops and session in conjunction with the Aim Ideas Summit. Workshop lengths may vary between 1.5 hours for early bird workshops and 1 hour for standard conference workshops.

All municipal members and corporate partners of Aim and state government agencies are welcome to submit a proposal for the 2020 Aim Ideas Summit. In addition to these opportunities, submissions may be selected for additional stand-alone workshops or webinars conducted by Aim. All workshop submissions must be designed to be of specific interest to municipal elected or appointed official audiences.

All workshop proposals are due 4:00 p.m. EST, May 26, 2020.

Learn more about proposal requirements, selection criteria, speaker guidelines, and workshop topics.

Awards Program Nominations

The Aim Awards Program honors communities and individuals for outstanding achievement, successful innovation, and steady leadership in municipal government. Award categories include community, individual, and green awards and will be presented at the Aim Ideas Summit.

Community Awards

The Placemaking Award highlights completed projects demonstrating new solutions to municipal challenges. Projects demonstrate the positive impact of planning, regeneration, or economic development on the quality of a place and well-being of a community. Nominations must have a physical aspect. Awards are presented in multiple population categories.

Individual Awards

The Russell G. Lloyd Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to local government. Nominated individuals should have achievements beyond the nominee’s community. Public service, personal initiative, leadership and contributions to Aim are also considered.

The Ivan H. Brinegar Municipal Management Award is presented to an appointed municipal official with a minimum of ten years of city or town service. Nominees should display strong leadership, contributions to their community and be a role model to citizens or other municipal officials.

The Financial Management Award recognizes a finance officer or administrator for outstanding achievements in fiscal management, financial recording, and leadership in public service.

Green Awards

2020 marks Aim’s 13th year honoring communities, along with presenting sponsor Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, for their efforts developing green programs, policies, and initiatives in the areas of sustainable development, energy conservation and municipal operations.

The Green Community of the Year Award highlights a community that has gone above and beyond with green practices in the areas of procurement and municipal operations. This is not project specific, but operational. Applicants should be implementing green programs, policies, and practices across their municipal operations. Awards are presented in multiple population categories based on nominations received.

The Green Project of the Year Award highlights a program or project that has been implemented in the past year and demonstrates environmentally-conscious decisions.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, June 19.

Why should you consider attending the conference?

  • The efficiencies, cost-saving measures, and practical advice alone can pay for the price of admission.
  • Connections made at the conference are invaluable as you navigate the day-to-day challenges of being a municipal official.
  • Keynote and other featured speakers offer a unique opportunity to hear insight from state or nationally renowned speakers.
  • It’s the one and only place to convene annually with your peers and experts in municipal government who have the answers and expertise you need.
  • Consultations with providers of municipal services, like communications, purchasing, health insurance and more.
  • More than 25 workshop choices, affiliate group meetings, general sessions and one-of-a-kind exhibit hall.

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