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March 1, 2012

UI conference to discuss impact of Latino, elderly populations on local government

Last year’s U.S. census results showed the percentages of both elderly persons and Latinos living in Iowa is increasingly rapidly, and this year’s Iowa Municipal Management Institute conference will examine how that trend is affecting local government management.

“These demographic trends directly impact municipalities because Latino immigrants and the aging require different kinds of services from local governments in everything from housing to health care to education,” says Jeff Schott, director of the University of Iowa’s Institute for Public Affairs that co-sponsors the annual meeting held this year March 14-16 at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

For 24 years, the IMMI has brought together town administrators and city managers from across the state to help them address issues facing local governments and update them on new laws. Other topics on the agenda for this year’s conference include sustainability, energizing the citizenry, the art of managing a town or city, and how to stay on top of all the responsibilities a city manager is required to perform.

The conference will also look at the results of the 2010 census and its impact local governments, focusing on the population of elderly and Latinos. The percentage of Iowa’s population that is made up of Latinos jumped from 2.8 to 5 percent between 2000 and 2010, while the percentage of residents over the age of 65 continued its decades-long increase, now at 14.9 percent.

“These population trends are a challenge for local governments because they have very tight budgets at a time when they need to provide even more services,” Schott says. “It’s important for local leaders to see how this impacts their community and share possible solutions.”

The census change sessions will be held Thursday, March 15. The session examining the aging population will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., while the Latino population session will be held from 3 to 4 p.m.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Iowa City/County Management Association and the Iowa League of Cities. More information is available at http://inrc.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/IPA3/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jeff Schott, director, Institute for Public Affairs, 319-335-7586, jeff-schott@uiowa.edu; Tom Snee, University Communication and Marketing, 319-384-0010 (office), 319-541-8434 (cell), tom-snee@uiowa.edu