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ICMA and our members are committed to ensuring that local governments and the association reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

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An ICMA Blog featuring content from a #localgov manager on a management topic/question submitted by blog readers. Get practical advice on issues that are most relevant to you.

Conference Scholarships

Applications for 2018 ICMA Conference scholarships will be accepted through May 14.

Podcast: Marcela Piedra Advises “Never Stop Learning”

In this episode of United Front, Marcela Piedra, the first female CAO of El Centro, California, believes no matter where you are in your career, you always need to be learning.

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ICMA Code of Ethics

The principles outlined in the ICMA Code of Ethics and enforced by the Rules of Procedure govern the conduct of every member of ICMA.

ICMA Coaching Program: Thrive in Local Government

Coaching helps everyone benefit from sharing best practices and gaining perspectives from others with a fresh perspective.

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What role will you play in shaping the future of the local government profession?ICMA's NextUp initiative is a multifaceted approach to developing and growing the local government management profession, those who aspire to serve in leadership roles, and the organizations and communities they serve. NextUp promotes membership in ICMA, which provides access to important resources and a professional network that can help local government staff achieve their leadership goals.THE NextUp Initiative is for...Local government managers who know the ability to successfully lead their communities includes a strong organization supported by skilled and ethical staff membersLocal government staff who desire to develop their professional skills, excel within their organization and advance to local government leadership rolesYou Are NextUp. Get Started Below.ManagersStaff  

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ICMA offers affordable membership for entry-level, mid-management and department directors.

Professors and Students

ICMA offers an academic membership for students, full-time academics, and interns.

Membership Outside the United States

ICMA's services and resources provide a global context for over 400 members outside the United States representing over 30 countries.


Spotlight on Members

ICMA is proud to have a membership base of over 10,000+ local government management professionals.

Who's Who

Reach out to a new member in your area, get up-to-date contact information or find members by jurisdiction.


Groups provide local government professionals the opportunity to connect with colleagues, discuss a shared interest, or collaborate on a project.

States and Affiliates: Emergency Response Guidance

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Emergency and Disaster Resources

Resources for short and long term emergency management can be located within this ICMA Smart Search.

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6 Stories of Recovery and Resilience

From Life, Well Run comes six stories of managers bringing their communities through disasters to a more sustainable future.

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Texas Managers: Stories of Harvey Recovery in Process

ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Director Karen Daly has collected accounts from several managers, most of whom are still grappling with the long-term recovery process.

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Blog Posts

  • Professionally Managed Communities Dominate List of Healthiest for 2019
    POSTED: June 01, 2019

    How well and how long you live are shaped by where you live, according to a recent ranking issued by U.S. News & World Report. Factors such as a community’s economic performance, the quality of its educational system, and the availability of affordable housing have a major impact on health and overall quality of life…

  • Eight Cities Receive Financial and Tech Assistance Support to Meet Resiliency Goals
    POSTED: March 15, 2019

    The National League of Cities (NLC) has announced that eight new cities that will participate in its annual Leadership in Community Resilience program. Each city will receive $10,000 in direct financial support and at least 12 months of technical assistance, staff support, and professional development opportunities for community leaders to help them meet specific resiliency…

  • BLOG TEST Career Compass No. 69: Psychological Safety: The One Key Determinant of Team Effectiveness and How You Can Overcome It
    POSTED: February 27, 2019


  • Veterans Prepare for Service as Professional Local Government Managers
    POSTED: February 04, 2019

    What would motivate a seasoned military veteran or retiree to intern with and learn the ins and outs of a local government? For one thing, job availability. Over the next decade, nearly 40 million baby boomers (or more than a third of the roughly 127 million full-time workers in the United States), will retire, according to…

  • How Communities Celebrate the MLK Day of Service
    POSTED: January 18, 2019

    January 21 is MLK Day, the federal holiday that honors the legacy of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Your community may already have planned events in conjunction with this day of service, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year! If you’re looking for ideas, here’s a quick look…

  • Minneapolis Tackles Homelessness with Experimental Nav Center
    POSTED: January 06, 2019

    On any given night, up to 400 people in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota (pop. 422,330), are homeless, according to CBS affiliate WCCO. Among those, roughly 50 individuals had been living in a “tent city” encampment at the intersection of Franklin and Hiawatha Avenues. To address this growing problem and benefit a severely underserved population,…