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
  • Hemp: A Growing Economic Development Tool for Rural and Urban Communities
  • Unmanned Aerial Inspection of Vital Infrastructure
  • The Future of Healthcare in Indiana
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
  • 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
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
  • Comprehensive Community Wealth Approach
  • Yorktown’s Third Place Development
  • Firearms Training Simulator: Shoot or Don’t Shoot? 
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.


  • Retail Gap Analysis for Municipalities
  • 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
  • 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
  • Municipal Jeopardy
  • 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

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
  • Helping Residents Cope with Extreme Heat
  • Attorney Peer Networking: Offering Incentives and Clawback Agreements
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


  • What you Need to Know about Municipal Redistricting
  • 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
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closing Luncheon and Business Session
Throughout the coming weeks, Aim will be updating our workshop roster to include descriptions, speakers, and notes about workshop CLE credits and applicability to small towns. Check back frequently for more details!