County Officials to Meet in Des Moines

The Des Moines, Iowa, skyline is seen in this view looking northwest from the capitol grounds. Tall buildings, from left to center are: Polk County Courthouse (1900), 25-story Financial Center (1972), 25-story Plaza Condominiums (1985), 19-story Equitable Building (1924), 33-story Marriott Hotel (1981), 36-story Ruan Center (1974) and the 45-story 801 Grand Principal Financial Group tower (1991). The Equitable Building (center, with central rooftop lantern cupola) was the state's tallest building for 48 years, until 1972. Photo February 18, 1991.

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More than 700 Iowa county officials are gathering in Des Moines for a conference focused on training and networking.

The Iowa State Association of Counties will meet Thursday and Friday at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for the 70th Spring School of Instruction gathering.

Organizers say presentations will cover health care reform, workers' compensation, government spending and tourism. Participants also will learn about important legislative issues concerning county operations and finances.

County officials are expected to review and approve the association's budget for the next fiscal year.

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