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Upcoming Observance: Energy Efficiency Day is Oct. 2

Posted By IAMU, Monday, September 23, 2019

Mark your calendar and plan to observe Energy Efficiency Day on Oct. 2. Energy Efficiency Day is a time to bring awareness to being as energy efficient as possible all year long.

For more information about the day and free resources that you can use, visit: There, you will find social media posts and templates for media releases and proclamations.

IAMU will make social media posts on Energy Efficiency Day on the IAMU Facebook Page -

Feel free to share what we provide or create your own post. Be sure to use #EEDay2019 in your post.

Tags:  Energy Efficiency  Energy Efficiency Day 

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Upcoming Deadline: IAMU Energy Conference Early-Bird Hotel Reservation Special Ends Friday, Sept. 27

Posted By IAMU, Monday, September 23, 2019

The deadline for hotel reservations for IAMU’s 7th Annual Energy Conference at the special conference rate is 5:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27.

The Energy Conference takes place Oct. 24-25 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center at Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel in Altoona.

A preconference workshop, “Iowa’s Emerging Electric Vehicle Market: Impacts and Resources,” takes place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23.  

  • To call in a hotel reservation, dial (515) 957-3000 or (800) 325-9015.

Use Group Code: 10222019IAM

Conference hotel rates through 5:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 are —

  • King: $110
  • Double Queen: $110
  •  Junior King Suite: $130
  •  King Suite: $150
  • Executive King Suite: $170

For more details about the conference (including the tentative agenda) and/or to register for the event, visit:

Tags:  Energy Conference  Hotel Deadline  Prairie Meadows 

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10 Ways to Improve Ladder Safety in Your Workplace

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ladders lead to injuries, perhaps because they appear to be such a simple tool. Just open it or lean it against a wall, then climb up to extend your reach. It’s easy to forget that climbing above the floor, especially if you are carrying tools and heavy items, is dangerous. And because they are ever-present and shared among many employees, it’s also easy to neglect them, and not notice when they are damaged or unsteady.

If your company relies on traditional ladders, you must ensure employees are following your ladder safety program in their use and maintenance. For more on ladder safety, check out the the EMC Insurance Loss Control Insights article.

Tags:  EMC  Insights  Ladder Safety  Safety 

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Iowa Drinking Water Rate Setting Workshop Series

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

October 15-18 at locations across the state

Your water rates are the most important source of revenue for your water system. Are your rates sufficient to cover the cost of providing water service today and into the future? And are your rates structured in a way to best meet the priorities of your community?

This free workshop will explore several important aspects of water system finance, including:

  • How to structure appropriate rates for your community
  • How to plan for the future
  • How to measure financial health
  • How to find available loans and grants.

Anyone involved in the financial management of your water system is invited to attend, including board members, town managers, budget and finance staff, utility managers, and operators. The workshop is geared toward small water systems. We welcome multiple attendees from the same community.

A day of your time, plus travel, and food expenses. There is no charge for the workshop itself

Glenn Barnes, Director, Water Finance Assistance

Four one-day workshops are being offered across the state of Iowa. The content will be the same at each workshop. Please choose the day and time that works best for you!

  • Tuesday, October 15: North Liberty Water Treatment Facility, North Liberty (map)
  • Wednesday, October 16: Newton Des Moines Area Community College, Newton (map)
  • Thursday, October 17: Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Ankeny (map)
  • Friday, October 18: Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Ankeny (map)

All workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop has been approved for 0.6 Iowa Drinking Water Certification Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).

To register, visit:

Tags:  CEUs  Rate Setting  Water  Water Finance Assistance 

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City & Utility Insurance 101 Webinar Series

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

IAMU invites its members to attend a 4-Part Insurance Webinar Series.

During each webinar, Jester Insurance's Heith Hockenberry will review a few of the different coverages that IAMU members should purchase as part of their insurance coverage.

Sept. 26 - 1-2 p.m.
Oct. 28 - 1-2 p.m.
Nov. 18 - 2-3 p.m.
Dec. 16 - 1-2 p.m.

Property and Inland Marine (equipment)
General Liability, Public Officials, Law Enforcement & Umbrella
Auto (Physical Damage & Liability) and Crime

No charge to attend, but registration is required.

To register, go to -> Events -> Register For An Event (Scroll through the calendar and register for one or more webinars)

Tags:  Insurance  Jester Insurance  Webinar 

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