Iowa Public Works Service Bureau

Training and Educational Opportunities

Motor Grader Operator Training – May 10 – June 1

Registration is now open for the 2022 Motor Grader Operator (MoGO) Training workshops through Iowa LTAP. MoGo is a one day classroom program taught by an experienced team of instructors and in 2022, new local agency operators will have a field day option to work one on one with an instructor here in Ames.  We are trying something different and new with the field day session for this training.  And the ISRMSA is covering the registration cost for a limited number of people. Check all these details out at the link below.

The classroom dates and locations are;
May 10th – Sigourney
May 17th – Storm Lake
May 24 – Independence
June 1 – Ames
The field days will be held June 7th – 9th in Ames.

More information, details and registration for both the classroom and field days can be found at

Stormwater Sessions: Live Webinar Series, May 10 through October 11

Learn over lunch without leaving the office! The Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership is proud to announce our 2022 webinar series. We’ve compiled a panel of experts from across disciplines to share their knowledge on stormwater practices and research.   Webinars take place on the second Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:00pm. Get registered for $30 each, or $150 for all six webinars. Registration is free for all City and County Staff.  

May 10 – Tips and Tools for Maintaining Permeable Pavers – Rory Starks, City of West Union, and Bill Murphy, QuickSupply
June 14 – Underground Stormwater Detention – Cassie Fowler and Rex Ollenburg, Xerxes
July 12 – Trash Free Waters National and State Campaigns – Layne Marshall, EPA, and Pat Sauer, ISWEP
August 9 – Working Water, Reinventing the Storm Drain – Bill Wenk, Wenk Associates
September 13 – Latest in Hydrodynamic Separators – Dr. John Sansalone, University of Florida
October 11 – Five Steps to Successful Prairie Establishment – Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery

Click here to register. Click here to view the event flyer.

The Language of Leadership: Difficult Dialogue – May 20

Meet the other two individuals on your team: Steve Stink and Debbie Downer. While they get their jobs done, they kill team morale. Learn how to engage difficult employees before they negatively impact the morale and performance of your team. Discover the language of leadership needed to begin difficult dialogue in an array of situations. This is part two of a two-part series. The first part is on April 15. To register for Part 2 and find more information about the speaker, please go here.

Iowa Bridge Days – June 14-15

Registration is now open for the free “Local Agency Bridge Innovation and Demonstration Days” event on June 14-15, 2022 in Independence, Iowa.  Reimbursement for the hotel stay by Iowa local agency employees is now being offered (contact Keith, see below).  First come, first served.

The agenda includes national/state perspectives and/or several implementation-related subjects on a wide variety of bridge efforts. In addition there will be a tour of the bridge innovations that have been applied throughout Buchanan County.  Some specific subjects/activities in the agenda include:

  • UHPC Bridge Preservation and Repair
  • County Tour of Bridge Innovations
  • Penetrating Sealer Performance
  • Lidar and Bridge Decks
  • Corrugated Metal Decking
  • Link Slabs
  • Bridge Strengthening
  • Tools and Gadgets

For more information, including a tentative agenda and hotel information, and to register please go to:  

Call or email Keith Knapp for more information at 515-294-8817 or

Other Opportunities

LTAP: The Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program is dedicated to providing technical and management assistance to Iowa’s local governments. And to accomplish their mission—of improving traffic safety through locally coordinated multidisciplinary efforts built on trusted relationships—the Iowa LTAP offers a variety of programs and resources aimed toward assisting local agencies with the ever-growing demands on the roads, streets, bridges, and public transportation of Iowa. Click here for a current list of LTAP events.

InTrans: The Institute for Transportation is a hub of local, regional, and national transportation-focused research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer. InTrans administers 15 centers and programs, and several other distinct research specialties, and a variety of technology transfer and professional education initiatives. Click here for a current list of InTrans events.