IowACE is excited to be back in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for our Spring Conference! We are planning for a great line-up of speakers covering an assortment of topics including verbal judo, economic development and code enforcement in small communities, tiny houses, and a hands on course on fire extinguisher.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of IowACE! Please join us in celebrating our Anniversary following the conference on Thursday evening. IowACE President, Richard Bright, will be cutting cake and drawing for prizes at the party. The party will be held from 5-6pm in the Bar/Reception area of the Double Tree. We look forward to seeing you there!CONFERENCE FLYER SPRING 2018
Meet our Speakers!
The following is a list of speakers that will be presenting at the Spring 2018 Conference. Stay tuned as we continue to add to the list!
Bryce Davis, City Administrator with City of Eagle Grove, Iowa.
Bryce Davis joined the City of Eagle Grove as the City Administrator in December 2017. Bryce was instrumental in establishing a Capital Improvements Plan/Paving Management Plan for the city, determining timelines and stakeholder meetings to gain input on the new downtown revitalization project, drafted for public consideration key ordinances establishing new parameters for landscape requirements, developed new downtown district zoning provisions, and reorganized the city’s code enforcement priorities and procedures. Previously, Bryce was the Economic Development Director for Wright County Economic Development, where he continues to assist projects that are developing in rural Wright County with a combined new capital investment of over $400 million. In 2014, Bryce received a Master’s of Science in Economics degree from Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Management and Economics and Finance from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
Setting New Standards
The landscape of many small, rural Iowa communities can be associated with a declining population, capital disinvestment, a diminishing quality of the housing stock, and the lack Municipal Code enforcement within the community. The City of Eagle Grove (pop. 3,427) faced similar trends, which were a catalyst for a new focus on improved standards for City Administration, the volunteer Chamber/Development Corporation, and current and future residents to pursue. The City of Eagle Grove continues to revamp its code enforcement procedures, implement new rental housing inspection and property maintenance protocols and standards, and invest new funds for the demolition of dilapidated/abandoned properties. The city even fought for the legal enforceability of Iowa Code Chapter 657A.10A.: Petition by City for Title to Abandoned Property, that was defined in the City of Eagle Grove v. Cahalan Investments, LLC, ruling. While the City of Eagle Grove has moved in a positive direction, there is still much more to be done to protect our future Quality of Life.