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Trail Grant Program Update Planned Convention Weekend
ISSA members and snowmobilers in general can learn more about the changes to the Iowa State
Snowmobile Grant Program by attending a question-and-answer session at the 2017 ISSA Annual
Convention in Cedar Rapids Nov. 18.
Moderated by ISSA officials, the forum will begin at 3 p.m. in the two-hour agenda slot previously
occupied by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The convention will be located
at the Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in downtown Cedar Rapids.
On Sept. 11, the ISSA signed a cooperative agreement with the IDNR to assume control of the
snowmobile trail grant process and the distribution of more than two-thirds of the snowmobile
registration fees collected annually.
The contract also transferred ownership of the groomer fleet to the ISSA, and administration of the
program now falls on the ISSA’s Review and Selection Committee (RSC) for approving grant requests
and on the ISSA’s Emergency Funding Committee (EFC) for issuing payments.
The Q&A session with the ISSA anchors the Saturday afternoon seminars at convention, additional
break-out sessions include an update on the ISSA’s youth program, and the Saturday evening banquet
will feature entertainment and guest speakers.
Besides LaVallee, the Convention Planning Committee is also excited to host a Snow and
Powersports Show on Saturday. Besides snowmobiles, gear and apparel, attendees will be able to see
vendors from other lines of outdoor recreation on the showroom floor. Convention attendees earn free
admission to the snow show, which is open to the general public. Addmission for non-registered
snowmobilers is only $5, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free.
Convention seminars Saturday afternoon include an update on the state snowmobile grant program,
trail and sled maintenance as well as a session on the ISSA's youth program. In addition to the guest
speaker, the Saturday evening banquet will include awards presentations as well as two comedians.
Convention forms can be downloaded here. Full registration costs $75 and does not include lodging. To
reserve a room, contact the host hotel directly at (319) 731-4444.
LaVallee to Headline November Convention
Freestyle snowmobiler and snocross team owner Levi LaVallee
of Longville, Minn., will headline the 2017 ISSA Annual Convention
in November in Cedar Rapids.
Slated to speak at the Saturday evening banquet, LaVallee will share
his experiences in the national spotlight as well as his appreciation for
organized snowmobiling, according to ISSA officials who heard his
presentation at the International Snowmobile Congress in New York in
Now entering its 44th year, the convention will be held at the Hilton
Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in downtown Cedar Rapids
Nov. 17-19. Click here for directions. The agenda was lengthened by a
day when the ISSA Board of Directors added its monthly meeting to the
weekend on Sunday morning.
The Iowa State Snowmobile Trail Grant Program is offering to clubs this fall the use of a Bobcat Toolcat
equipped with a front-mounted flail mower. Past ISSA President Jim Willey is coordinating the effort. He
would like to loan the unit out on a weekly basis, working to schedule its use with neighboring clubs to
reduce down time and transportation costs. To reserve a time, please contact Willey at (563) 920-0911 or
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|Special Ladies Event added to convention weekend.
Click on flyer for more information and to sign up.