Educating and informing our members is at the heart of our mission. That’s why Aim hosts webinars on relevant municipal topics such as current legislative issues and cybersecurity. Each of these webinars is designed to keep you up to date on the subject matter and give you takeaways that you can apply in your municipality.

Upcoming Webinars

Funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) – How Communities Can Best Position Themselves to Secure Funding

Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
$25 Aim Member / $55 Municipal Non-Member

With the recent passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Job’s Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be making significant investments in America’s infrastructure. Indiana Finance Authority’s Loan Program will be receiving an additional $127 Million every year for the next five years. This webinar will detail communities who have been through the BIL process, how they prepared in advance and had the planning ready to be able to secure funds. We will also highlight what communities should consider in applying for funding moving forward.

Presented by Theresa Criss-Hartwig, Business Development Director, Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. and Deen Rogers, CPA, Partner, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors

Municipal Social Media Accounts

Thursday, August 25, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
$25 Aim Member / $55 Municipal Non-Member

Many municipalities have embraced social media as a critical component of their communication toolbox. While there are a multitude of benefits to using social platforms, you should be aware of several important legal issues. This webinar will discuss free speech, open records law, open meeting laws, and more. We’ll touch on lawsuits that occurred because of blocking certain citizens from posting on their Facebook pages, removing specific posts after-the-fact, and what a government should and should not post.

Presented by Sid Bose, Partner, Ice Miller LLP; Manolis Boulukos, Partner, Ice Miller LLP; and Sebastian Smelko, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

CLE credit is pending for this webinar. 

Lessons Learned from an ARPA Audit

Tuesday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
Free for Aim Members / $55 Municipal Non-Member

Signed into law on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provided $130 billion in funding to local governments and almost all Hoosier municipalities received money. By now you have identified your DUNS number, completed your SAM registration, and received the first distribution. Now you are subject to a state audit. This webinar will discuss the lessons learned from the City of Beech Grove’s audit and will answer your questions to help mitigate any regulatory complications.

Presented by Todd Caldwell CFE, Director of Audit Services, State Board of Accounts; James Coffman, Clerk-Treasurer, City of Beech Grove; and Michael Crowley, Director of Audit Services, State Board of Accounts

How to Save Money on Your Next Project: Hire the Best with Quality Based Selection!

Wednesday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
$25 Aim Member / $55 Municipal Non-Member

Municipal officials work with consultants and vendors on a regular basis, and you need to know how to determine the best partners for the job. This presentation will detail how your community can work with a qualified design firm to obtain the right firm for the right job, establish and adhere to realistic schedule and budget, realize lower project life-cycle costs, achieve better value for taxpayers, promote better business relationship between parties, and receive better service, better quality, and better value.

Staying Safe with Internal Controls

Tuesday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
$25 Aim Member / $55 Municipal Non-Member

Internal controls are imperative to ensuring municipal officials and those in stewardship of public funds exercise good judgement and follow protocols preventing mismanagement and fraud. This webinar will cover some of the best practices in Indiana’s internal controls for complying with Indiana’s internal controls requirements. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to internal controls, or an expert in the procedures, there’s something you can learn from advanced tips and implementation strategies.

Presented by the State Board of Accounts and Reedy Financial Group

Legislative Process 101

Thursday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
$25 Aim Member / $55 Municipal Non-Member

The legislative process can be confusing, but Aim is here to help! Join us to learn how an idea becomes a bill, and how that bill then becomes Indiana law. We’ll cover the entire process – from start to finish – so you can be more prepared for the upcoming legislative session. Additionally, this webinar will cover how you as a municipal official can advocate and be a part of the legislative process.

Presented by Chris Bandy, Government Affairs Manager, Aim; and Jenna Knepper, Government Affairs Director, Aim

Fair Labor Standards Act and Your Employees

Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
$25 Aim Member / $55 Municipal Non-Member

The U.S. Department of Labor-Wage and Hour Division (WHD) receives a plethora of questions related to issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This webinar will answer those questions for municipalities and their employees! The presenters will cover what is and is not considered compensable time for hours of work; when does an employer have to pay overtime and/or compensatory time; and what about all the exemptions that could be applicable to employees of a public agency. This webinar will provide informative information regarding the laws that are applicable to specifically law enforcement and fire fighter employees and will also provide the answers to these questions and other important questions being asked by attending officials.

Presented by Lacey Houle, Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor- Wage and Hour Division

Residential Development: An Essential Economic Development Tool for Municipalities

Wednesday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
$25 Aim Member / $55 Municipal Non-Member

For Indiana to compete nationally and internationally, we must attract new residents and new workforce. When the IEDC commissioned the “Benchmarking U.S. Regional Cities” study in 2014, it became the catalyst for both the Regional Cities and READI programs. As part of the READI process, regional elected officials, business leaders, and community members identified the need to support quality of life investments, including developing a diverse and modern housing inventory within their communities. This webinar will focus on the interconnectivity of residential growth and economic development success, outline current and projected residential growth in the state, discuss tactics to overcome population stagnation and support new growth, and share real examples in Kokomo and Rushville where community leaders have implemented innovative strategies to stimulate residential growth supporting economic development efforts.

Presented by Chris Hamm, Director of Economic Development, HWC Engineering; Mayor Mike Pavey, Mayor, Rushville; and Tyler Moore, Mayor, Kokomo

Is Your Municipality Paying Its Employees Correctly?

Wednesday, December 7, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
$25 Aim Member / $55 Municipal Non-Member

This webinar will cover the federal regulations and state statutes that govern how employees must be compensated with regards to minimum wages, overtime, recordkeeping, and child labor standards. This webinar will cover the Fair Labor Standards Act and the different classifications, the salary and duties tests of being exempt or nonexempt from overtime laws, and the regulations regarding minimum wage, overtime pay and compensatory time. There’s so much more to cover and this webinar will touch on all factors that should be considered when determining the correct amount to pay an employee.

Presented by Kristen Deutsch, M.B.A., CCP, President, New Focus HR, LLC

2023 Legislative Session Preview

Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
Free for Aim Members / $55 Municipal Non-Member

The 2023 Legislative Session will be here before you know it. Before the clock starts ticking at the Statehouse, you need to know what lawmakers are already discussing and what topics we expect to hear more about. Participants in this free webinar will hear about Aim’s expectations for the budget-writing session and our strategy for passing positive legislation to help cities and towns function more efficiently and create quality places. The Aim Government Affairs Team will also cover your involvement in the legislative process and how you can help Aim advocate for your community in Indianapolis.

Presented by the Aim Government Affairs Team

Registration & Cancellation

Registration is available until 5 p.m. the day before the webinar; registrations after this time cannot be guaranteed. All webinars begin at the scheduled Eastern Standard time. You will receive email confirmations and reminders from Erin Jamison-Koenig or Zoom Webinar. Your confirmation email provides you with webinar access information.

You cannot cancel if you have signed up to attend a webinar. You’ll be invoiced and sent the recording and materials regardless of whether you attend the live webinar.

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The recording and materials from every Aim webinar is available.

MMI Credit for Webinars & Workshops

Participation in Aim webinars and workshops is eligible for Municipal Management Institute credit. The Municipal Management Institute (MMI) provides educational opportunities to Aim members, enabling them to sharpen their leadership skills, learn new techniques for tackling common local issues and improve services to citizens, while working towards their Certified Municipal Official status.

Thank you to our 2022 MMI Sponsors!