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Association Relationships: State, National, and International

ICMA works with associations of local government professionals including state, national, and international affiliates through its Relationship Management efforts.

ICMA maintains close ties to state-based associations of local government professionals through its regional Relationship Management efforts supported by a network of ICMA Regional Vice Presidents, Regional Directors, and dedicated ICMA Liaisons. In addition, ICMA maintains formal relationships with over 30 international and multinational affiliates. ICMA strives to closely align its work with all affiliate groups and to measure progress over time. Formal affiliation agreements provide a framework for documenting how we work together to build on key strategic initiatives. Through these agreements we can collaborate to set specific, mutually beneficial goals.

The purpose of these affiliate relationships is twofold:
  • To reinforce the importance and value of the relationship between ICMA and affiliated associations, and the value of belonging to both.
  • To complement the support and delivery of services to local government management professionals

Our goal is to complement one another's efforts, grow our respective memberships, and share resources.

Areas of specific emphasis include:
  • Ethics
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Advocacy for the Profession
  • Membership Development, Engagement, and Support
  • ICMA Governance
  • Inclusiveness and Diversity Initiatives
Leadership

ICMA and state associations collaborate on promoting and celebrating the highest ethical standards of professional behavior, and promotion and defense of the council/manager form of government. Joint professional development activities will underscore a commitment to lifelong learning. Through advances in technology, ICMA and state associations can more effectively gather and share information, so that together we become the preeminent source of information about leadership and management of local government. ICMA is committed to highlighting to all local government professionals the value of belonging to their respective state association and to ICMA.

Connections

A key link between ICMA and our state affiliates, is our collaboration on the Life, Well Run campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the role professional local government managers play in building communities we're proud to call home.

Professional Development

ICMA also works closely with affiliate association staff to assist with conference program planning, ensure ICMA leadership representation at meetings, and support the network of staff in association management practices.

State Associations

National Affiliates

ICMA has longstanding relationships with five national affiliates with the most recent addition of ELGL, Engaging Local Government Leaders.

International Affiliates

ICMA maintains affiliate relationships with local government professional organizations worldwide. These mutually beneficial partnerships are formalized by signed agreements that commit both organizations to:

  • Collaborate in the exchange of leading practices and expansion of each organization's knowledge base
  • Expand the international perspectives of each organization's individual members
  • Join resources where appropriate to more effectively foster professional local government management worldwide

In maintaining these relationships, senior officials of each organization attend each other's conferences; liaisons assigned by the ICMA International Committee and organization staff establish annual work plans and contribute to each other's publications; and members engage in one-on-one exchanges through the International Management Exchange Program

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