It wasn’t easy to accomplish given the short time we have together, but we found a way to put a tremendous amount of educational programming into the Aim Ideas Summit. This year’s 30 workshops are diverse and offer a great mixture of technical, nuts and bolts skills, big picture development, quality of place, COVID, and American Rescue Plan Act topics. As always, there will be a lot of Continuing Legal Education credits. For those who attend our extended Early Bird topics, credit will be offered towards your Aim Municipal Management Institute certification.

Monday, October 4

7:00 p.m. Board of Directors Dinner

Tuesday, October 5

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Aim Affiliate Group Meetings

  • Indiana Association of City Engineers (IACE) Luncheon
  • Indiana Conference of Mayors (ICOM) Luncheon
  • Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (ILMCT) Executive Committee Luncheon
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Early Bird Workshops

  • Beyond Fiscal Recovery Funds: Leveraging American Rescue Plan Provisions for Community Growth (MMI)
  • Hemp: A Growing Economic Development Tool for Rural and Urban Communities (MMI) (CLE)
  • Unmanned Aerial Inspection of Vital Infrastructure (MMI)
  • The Future of Healthcare in Indiana (MMI)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Aim Affiliate Group Meeting

  • Indiana Association of Regional Councils (IARC) Advisory Council
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Extended Workshops

  • Advanced TIF: Get Beyond the Basics (CLE)
  • State Resources for Rural Communities: The Lieutenant Governor’s Family of Business
  • Public Finance Analysis for Redevelopment Professionals
  • Interpreting Indiana’s Utility Main Extension Regulations
  • Risk Management Session by Bliss McKnight, Inc.
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Opening Business Session
5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
7:15 p.m. Evening Open    

Wednesday, October 6

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open 
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Aim Affiliate Group Meetings

  • Council Members
  • Indiana ADA & Title VI Coordinators Association (ADA)
  • Indiana Municipal Management Association (IMMA)
  • Redevelopment Association of Indiana (RAI)
8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. State Board of Accounts Resource Center
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


  • Retail Gap Analysis for Municipalities
  • Post-pandemic Flexibility to Conduct Virtual Meetings (CLE)
  • Comprehensive Community Wealth Approach
  • Yorktown’s Third Place Development
  • Firearms Training Simulator: Shoot or Don’t Shoot? 
  • Vendor Solutions: Utilizing Benefits Communication to Drive Employee Satisfaction, Retention, and Cost Savings 
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Aim Annual Awards Program Presented by Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


  • Qualifications Based Selection for Better Projects, Better Value
  • Municipal Jeopardy
  • Keeping Up with Capital: Why We Need to Plan
  • Successful Economic Development of Brownfields and Other Difficult Properties (CLE)
  • Firearms Training Simulator: Shoot or Don’t Shoot?
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. State Board of Accounts Resource Center
3:45 p.m. Grand Prize Giveaway and Exhibit Hall Closes
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Corporate Partner Advisory Council Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


  • Rushville: From Doom and Gloom to Downtown Investment Boom in Just Five Years
  • Bidding Public Works Projects: Common Pitfalls and Mistakes (CLE)
  • COVID Lessons Learned for the Next Emergency
  • Firearms Training Simulator: Shoot or Don’t Shoot?
  • Vendor Solutions: Your Organization’s Compensation Philosophy: What is it, What Should it Contain, and Why is it Important?
5:05 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Policy Platform Hearing
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Presidents’ Reception
6:30 p.m. Evening Open
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Vendor Party – Hosted by Aim Corporate Members

Thursday, October 7

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


  • Establishing a Fire Territory to Meet Cross-Organizational Needs
  • How the Subdivision Process Works or Should Work in Your Community
  • Recent Statutory Amendment on Police De-escalation Training and Related Use of Force Training Issues (CLE)
  • Helping Residents Cope with Extreme Heat
  • Attorney Peer Networking: Offering Incentives and Clawback Agreements (CLE)
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


  • What you Need to Know about Municipal Redistricting (CLE)
  • Public Sector Banking in the Stimulus Environment
  • Overview of FSSA Programs and Services that Affect the Lives of Hoosiers and the Economy of the Communities
  • The Post Pandemic Workplace
  • Vendor Solutions: Managing Public Records Requests In The Electronic Age
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closing Luncheon and Business Session