The International City/County Management
Association ICMA is a professional and educational organization
for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in
cities, towns, counties, and regional entities throughout the world.
Since 1914, ICMA has provided technical and management assistance,
training, and information resources to its members and the local
government community. The management decisions made by ICMA's nearly
8,000 members affect more than 100 million individuals in thousands
of communities--from small towns with populations of a few hundred
to metropolitan areas serving several million.
ICMA's mission is to create excellence in local government by
developing and fostering professional local government management
ICMA offers a wide range of services to its members and the local
government community. The Association is an internationally recognized
publisher of information resources ranging from textbooks and survey
data to topic-specific newsletters and e-publications. ICMA provides
technical assistance to local governments in emerging democracies,
helping them to develop professional practices and ethical, transparent
governments. ICMA assists local governments in the United States
through programs such as the Center for Performance
Measurement, the Smart Growth Network, and other programs that
focus on specific areas of need.