Civic Literacy Workshop: Schedule

THANK YOU to all these wonderful presenters, and to all of you who joined us to learn!!!

WELCOME:  1 pm   (Whipple Auditorium)

OPENING PLENARY:

Overview of Local Government
What are the various forms of local government?  Which do we have here in Linn County?  What does it mean to do my civic duty at the local level?  What happens if I don’t bother to vote in local elections?

  • Myrna Loehrlein, President of the Linn County League of Women Voters

BREAKOUT BLOCK 1:

“Linn County 101”

  • Ben Rogers, Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Stacey Law, Deputy Linn County Auditor

City Councils

  • Aime Wichtendahl, Hiawatha City Council
  • Scott Overland, Cedar Rapids City Council

School Boards

  • Gary Anhalt, Cedar Rapids Community School Board
  • Randy Bauer, College Community School Board
  • John Swanson, Kirkwood Community College Board of Trustees

Boards & Commissions

  • Veronica Cerka, Linn County Board of Adjustment
  • Dwayne Daniels, Linn County Compensation Commission for Condemnation Purposes
  • Sonia Kendrick, Linn County Food Systems Council
  • Vicki Keegan, Linn County Agricultural Extension Council (Member)
  • RaeAnn Barnhart, Linn County Agricultural Extension Council (Staff)

Political Parties at the County Level

  • Bret Nilles (Chair, Linn County Democratic Central Committee)
  • Justin Wasson (Chair, Linn County Republican Central Committee)
  • Myra Matejka  (Linn County Organizer, Libertarian Party)
  • Nathan Giddings (Linn County Green Party)

BREAKOUT BLOCK 2: 

Food:  How does local government impact the production and distribution of our food?

  • Sonia Kendrick, Linn County Food Systems Council & NGO:Feed Iowa First
  • Alan Beach, Linn County Agricultural Extension Council (member)
  • RaeAnn Barnhart, Linn County Agricultural Extension Council (staff)

Taxes:  What taxes do we pay to our local governments, and what are they spent on?

  • Sara Bearrows, Chief Deputy Linn County Treasurer
  • Ben Rogers, Linn County Supervisor

Welcoming Community:  How can Linn County become more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong, and join the  “Welcoming America” movement?  What has already been accomplished?  What is there yet to do?

  • Eugenia Kendall,  NGO: Positive Words and Actions
  • Anne Dugger, NGO: Catherine McAuley Center

Neighborhood Associations:  What is a Neighborhood Association?  What do they do? How do they interact with City and County Government?  How can I join mine?

  • Erica Yoder, President, Kenwood Park Neighborhood Assoc. and
    President, Cedar Rapids Neighborhoods Board
  • Robin Kash, President, Wellington Heights Neighborhood Assoc.
  • Justin Wasson, Vice-President, Wellington Heights Neighborhood Assoc.

Boards & Commissions    (second chance! With slightly different panelists)

  • Veronica Cerka,  Linn County Board of Adjustment
  • Dwayne Daniels, Linn Co. Compensation Commission for Condemnation Purposes
  • Tom Hardecopf, Linn County LIFTS Director & ADA Advisory Committee

CLOSING PLENARY:

Advocacy: From Alinsky to Anderson Park: Lessons Learned
How to advocate to accomplish projects for the local community, with examples, like the building of the skate park, etc.

  • Dale Todd, Former Cedar Rapids City Council Member & Parks Commissioner

WRAP UP:  4:20 – 4:30 pm

MINGLING & NETWORKING:  4:30 – the Library Closes at 5 pm

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