What is the ICIT Mid-Year Conference?

The ICIT Mid-Year Conference is the principal gathering of IT and GIS professionals working for county government in Iowa, as well as their colleagues in other areas of county government, city and state government, education and the private sector. The conference provides an opportunity for ICIT members and non-members to receive instruction, collaborate, share ideas and foster continued communication throughout the year. The conference is held every summer and is open to anyone interested in learning more about technology.

Who attends the ICIT Mid-Year Conference?

The conference is open to anyone interested in learning more about technology or sharing their ideas and experiences. As an ICIT event, ICIT members are encouraged to attend and make up the largest share of attendees, but special effort is made to invite other county officials, including assessors, attorneys, auditors, conservation directors, emergency management directors, engineers, environmental health specialists, public health nurses, recorders, community services directors, sheriffs, supervisors, treasurers, and zoning officials. In addition to county officials and employees, other state and local government employees in and around Iowa, as well as education and the private sector are also welcome.

Of course, the conference would not be possible without the support and presence of the companies or organizations that do business with counties. By purchasing sponsorship packages, advertising and display booths, as well as by providing information and presentations throughout the conference, these exhibitors enhance the quality and enjoyment of this event, and a number of attendees are representatives of these various organizations.

Where will next year’s conference be held?

While ICIT will continue to have a different district host the conference each year, finding suitable, affordable facilities for the conference grows more challenging each year. In order to keep the conference affordable for ICIT members, and to make conference planning easier for the volunteers who donate their time to do so, the ICIT executive board has contracted with the West Des Moines Marriott to serve as the conference facility through 2016.

What is ICIT?

Iowa Counties Information Technology (ICIT) is an organization made up of representatives from Iowa counties who are responsible for the implementation, use and/or maintenance of technology within their organization or department. An affiliate of the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC), the organization was created to help provide and foster communication, encouragement, education, assistance, technical knowledge and cooperation among counties and county employees for the advancement of the technology within those organizations. Its purpose is to promote professionalism, cooperation, mutual assistance and sharing of experiences. It is committed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and technology as they relate to county government activities. For information, see http://iowacountiesit.org/organization/faq

What other training opportunities does ICIT provide?

The ICIT Midyear conference is our main educational forum, held each June, but in addition to this, ICIT plans at least two other meetings annually, each of which is accompanied by educational opportunities. The ICIT Spring and Fall meetings are held in conjunction with the ISAC Spring and Fall Schools of Instruction usually held in March and November of each year.

Besides these meetings, other training opportunities are provided as needed. Past opportunities that have been made available include one day meetings and even week long instructor led training. One day meetings have been held to discuss topics such as legal issues surrounding GIS data, open records, and real estate processes. Instructor led training has been provided for several ESRI products.

I am an Exhibitor and have registered for the conference, where can I go for more info?

Just go here!