Aim Ideas Summit Agenda

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, utilities, and housing 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.


7:00 p.m. Board of Directors Dinner


8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Board of Directors Breakfast
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

  • The End of Cheap Money and How the Treasurer of State’s Office Can Help (MMI)
  • The Mental Health Impact of the Opioid Epidemic and How Communities are Facing the Challenge (MMI)
  • How has Covid-19 Impacted Hoosier Employment Trends? (MMI) 
  • Don’t take a Pass: Not Understanding Technology is No Excuse to Avoid the Cyber Security Talk (MMI) (CLE)
  • Agents Provocateurs – A Bliss McKnight, Inc. Workshop (MMI) (CLE)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Indiana Association of Regional Councils (IARC)

  • Advisory Council Meeting
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • Transportation Infrastructure Planning & Safety Resources through INLTAP
  • Housing Programs and Incentives to Strategically Grow Your Stock
  • Facing Challenges and Creating Opportunities Through Community Collaboration
  • Going the Distance with Capital Improvement Projects: Preparing for the Lifecycle of Your Project (CLE)
  • Agents Provocateurs – A Bliss McKnight, Inc. Workshop (CLE)
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Opening Business Session
5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Networking Reception
Sponsored by Boyce Systems and SpendBridge, on Tuesday, August 22, there will be a Networking Reception at Legendz Sports Bar and Grill, a short walk from the French Lick Springs Resort. The reception will include complimentary appetizers, drinks, games, and live music.


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.


  • Balancing Progress and Preservation in Economic Development
  • Freedom of Speech: Sign Ordinances and the First Amendment (CLE)
  • Digital Disruption: Challenges and Opportunities for Communities in the Algorithm Era
  • The Medicare Mystery: Solve the Complexity for You and Your Employees
  • Vendor Solutions Workshop: A Guide to Community Development and Project Execution through Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Implementation
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Bar
Sponsored by Crawford, Murphy & Tilly
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Aim Annual Awards Program
Presented by Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC
1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


  • Public Art for Novices and Experts (and everyone in between)
  • Residential Assessment and the Impact on Property Taxes (CLE)
  • A Seat at the Table: Encouraging Youth Voice and Engagement through Youth Councils
  • Maintaining a Secure Digital Flow: Cybersecurity for Water and Wastewater Utilities (CLE)
  • Run, Walk, Bike: Trail Oriented Development in Your Community
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 Member Advisory Council Meeting
Open to all Aim Corporate Members
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


  • What You Need to Know When it Comes to Federal Legislative Updates (CLE)
  • Public Safety Organizational Development to Improve Relationships and Boost Collaboration
  • Employment Law Updates, Compliance Matters, and More (CLE)
  • How a Water Loss Audit can have Broad Benefits for Your Water Utility
  • Vendor Solutions Workshop
5:05 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Policy Platform Hearing
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Presidents’ Reception
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Vendor Party – Hosted by Aim Corporate Members
Join Aim Corporate Members at the French Lick American Legion for the Corporate Member Vendor Party. The evening will be full of food, drinks, live music, and dancing and is open to all conference attendees. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening and you must be present to win. The American Legion is within walking distance of the French Lick Springs Resort. Join fellow conference goers for a fun and relaxing time!


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.


  • Developing a Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program in a Mid-Sized Community
  • Introduction to Vehicle Electrification: How to Prepare and Successfully Make the Switch
  • Building a True Community Center: Carmel Clay Community Building
  • Crisis Communications: How and Why You Need to be Ready for What You HOPE Won’t Happen
  • Public Spaces and Third Places: How Creative Thinking and Collaboration can Lead to a Reimagined Community Identity
  • Attorney Peer Networking: The Old and the New: Environmental Challenges and Opportunities in 2023 and Beyond (CLE)
  • Vendor Solutions Workshop
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


  • All Things Utilities: Updates on Legislation, Case Law, and the IURC (CLE)
  • Breaking Down Build – Operate – Transfer (BOT)
  • Square Pegs in Round Holes: How Wastewater Projects Can Spur Brownfield Cleanup, Create Jobs, and Fast Track Site
  • Utilizing Banners for Street Beautification
  • Why is Accepting Electronic Payments So Difficult? A Practical Approach to Managing the Process
  • Vendor Solutions Workshop: Mapping Your Financial Future: Proactive Financial Planning for Municipalities
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closing Luncheon and Business Session