Membership Levels


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 members Local government staff who desire to develop their professional skills, excel within their organization and advance to local government leadership roles You Are NextUp. Get Started Below. Managers Staff    

Other Local Government Staff

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.

Get Started!

Take a few first steps to get started as you begin your journey with us.

Featured Programs, Events and Resources

Equity and Inclusivity Resources and Videos

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

2018 Regional Conferences-Coming to A Region Near You

Two-days, six regions, for #localgov professionals at every career level.

Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in Local Government

Member Benefit: An exclusive opportunity for ICMA members. Apply by Jan 31.

Making It Work: The Essentials of Council-Manager Relations

This free e-book for ICMA members offers a variety of suggested techniques and strategies.

ICMA Job Center

Your one-stop shop for job searching and recruiting in professional local government.

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.

Host a Fellow in Your Community

Get one of the nation's top MPA/MPP graduates!

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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

Photo released by NOAA of hurricane Irma
Emergency and Disaster Resources

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

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Emergencies & Disasters
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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Emergencies & Disasters
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.

Blog Posts


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    POSTED: February 22, 2018
  • TEST - Article
    POSTED: January 23, 2018
  • NACA Scholarship Opportunity
    POSTED: January 09, 2018

    NACA is offering scholarships for emerging county professionals to attend the 2018 ICMA Regional Conferences being held in five locations during March, April, and May.

  • January 2018 eNews VLGMA
    POSTED: January 05, 2018

    VLGMA President Maurice Jones looks at the new year ahead and makes some personal resolutions.

  • Retirements
    POSTED: January 03, 2018
  • Appointments
    POSTED: January 03, 2018


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