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City leaders of both Jasper and Huntingburg traveled to Indianapolis last week to attend training for newly elected officials through the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

The two-day conference last Wednesday and Thursday was aimed at providing basic information and tools for city and town officials to manage their first weeks in office and build a foundation for a successful term.

Huntingburg’s delegation was composed of Mayor Denny Spinner and council members Glen Kissling, Kerry Blessinger, Tim Wehr and Jeff Bounds. New Jasper council members John Bell, Nancy Eckerle, Dave Hurst and Dean Vonderheide also attended.

Spinner says he attended the training four years ago as a newly elected mayor and says it helped immensely in his first term. Spinner says he has great confidence that incoming council members, as well as returning members and himself will use the training received this week to benefit Huntingburg in the next four years.

IACT was established in 1891 to provide Indiana municipal officials a means to congregate, educate and advocate their interests before the state and federal governments. Indiana is one of the first states to form a municipal association.

A nonprofit organization, IACT represents municipalities before state lawmakers and provides education and information to members. With more than 460 municipalities as members, IACT is the official voice of municipal government in Indiana.

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