Iowa Streets and Roads Workshop and Conference

About the Workshop

Attend this year’s workshop to learn about effective communication. There will be presentations on business communication, conducting effective meetings, interaction with the public, and more! As a bonus, you will also receive a credit in the Leadership Institute.

About the Conference

This year’s conference is sure to be one you won’t want to miss! Along with a slate of several relevant presentations, you can look forward to “mousetraps and gadgets” and roundtable discussions. Attendees will have ample time to meet with their peers and many exhibitors.

Note: Attendance to either the workshop or the conference is not necessary to participate in the other.

Who Should Attend

All public employees are invited to attend. Anyone who is in a leadership position, such as a first-line supervisor, or aspires to be in such a position will especially benefit from the workshop. Secondary road and street maintenance supervisors and staff will especially benefit from the conference.

Scholarship Opportunity

We are offering a limited number of scholarships for first time attendees. Please contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or for more information.

Workshop and Conference Credits

Attendance at the workshop and conference will each provide contact hours toward the Iowa Roads Scholar program.


Rooms are available at the Quality Inn and Suites (515-232-9260) for $94 plus tax. Mention “Streets & Roads” to get the special rate. The block will be released on September 2, 2019.

Mousetraps and Gadgets

Do you have an innovative idea or invention that has reduced costs or improved efficiency in your agency? Let us know about it! A prize will be given for the best mousetrap or gadget! Contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or


Workshop | Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Time Event Details
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:25 a.m. Welcome / Introduction
8:30 a.m. Use of Modern Technology in Communication with the Public
9:30 a.m. Interaction with the Public
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Conducting Effective Meetings
11:15 a.m. Business Communication
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Interpersonal Communication
1:45 p.m. Presentation Skills
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Use of Modern Technology in Communication with the Public
3:30 p.m. Wrap Up and Evaluations
3:45 p.m. Depart for Bowling Event

Conference Day 1 | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Time Event Detail
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker
9:45 a.m. LTAP Update
10:00 a.m. Break / Vendor Time
10:45 a.m. Human Trafficking
11:30 a.m. ICEA Service Bureau Update
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. TBD
1:45 p.m. TBD
2:15 p.m. TBD
2:45 p.m. Break / Vendor Time
3:15 p.m. Roadside Vegetation
3:45 p.m. Workplace Safety
4:30 p.m. Award Presentations
4:45 p.m. Door Prizes
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Vendor Time / Social Gathering

Conference Day 2 | Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time Event Details
8:00 a.m. Passing the Gavel
8:05 a.m. Roundtable Discussions and Reports
9:05 a.m. Business Meeting / Elections
9:15 a.m. Iowa One Call
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Drama Free Communication
11:15 a.m. Mousetraps and Gadgets
11:45 a.m. Door Prizes

For More Information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or


The Iowa Streets and Roads Conference provides vendors with the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their products. Attendees will primarily be maintenance supervisors and others responsible for maintaining streets and roadways, procuring related equipment and materials, and managing administrative functions. See above for the agenda.

Display and Setup Information

The display areas consist of an 8′ x 10′ indoor space, with an 8′ table and two chairs plus electricity and wireless internet. Outdoor areas for large equipment are also available. Vendors can set up after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 or before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18.


Rooms are available at the Quality Inn and Suites (515-232-9260) for $94 plus tax. Mention “Streets & Roads” to get the special rate. The block will be released on September 2, 2019.


Location assignment in the vendor space is based on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited, so register early! We appreciate and encourage online registration. If you cannot register online, a downloadable registration form will be available.

Donations and Drawings

Door prizes will be given out at the end of the day. To encourage more vendor-to-participant interaction, we will be asking the participants to have the vendors sign a card to be eligible for a door prize. There will be a door prize donation table by the registration table at the conference if you are interested in making a donation.

Become a Reception Sponsor

Vendor sponsorship of the evening reception is encouraged. The bronze sponsorship is $250, silver is $500, and gold is $1,000. Please note your desire to be a sponsor when registering, and we will provide you with additional information. Thank you for your donation!