Program areas at International Citycounty Management Association
Services to local governments: icma provides expertise on fundamental and leading local government Management practices in the u.s. and around the world, including, but not limited to, work funded by external parties such as federal agencies and foundations. Icma member expertise is tapped for city-to-city exchanges throughout the world as well. Key accomplishments include: - hosted the 18th national brownfields training conference, co-sponsored by the u.s. environmental protection agency and icma, in los angeles, ca, in december 2019. Brownfields 2019 featured over 140 educational sessions, 250 speakers, and more than 2,000 attendees; and addressed topics from equitable development, financing, environmental liability, and community engagement to public health, renewable energy, and workforce development and job training. - with support from the robert wood johnson foundation, worked with partners at the nyu grossman school of medicine to support the city health dashboard, a free web-based resource to place city-and neighborhood-level data into the hands of policymakers and their partners. The dashboard features 35 measures of health organized by clinical care, health behaviors, health outcomes, physical environment, and social and economic factors, representing the 500 largest u.s. cities. - with funding from the u.s. department of energy (doe), recognized over 372 cities, counties and towns that have optimized planning, zoning, permitting and inspection to make it faster, easier, and more affordable for residents and businesses to go solar. The project exceeded the program goal of 300 designees, facilitating solar for over 91 million individuals across the u.s. - supported 170 teams that competed to win $1 million in prizes as part of the u.s. doe-funded solar in your community program supporting the creation of access to solar for low-and moderate-income communities. - developed a municipal capacity measurement tool for economic development in guatemala to measure the municipalities' ability to promote and sustain economic growth as part of a usaid-funded initiative. - with state department funding, through the community resilience initiative (cri), developed a model for community intervention to provide peer-to-peer mentorship and delivery of psychosocial services to vulnerable youth in two communities of dhaka, bangladesh.- deployed 1 pro bono volunteer and 1 paid consultant to tanzania to work with various local municipalities to address local government finance challenges and assist local government associations in developing local economic growth strategies on the usaid-funded tanzania enabling growth through investment and enterprise (engine) project.- through the decentralization offering better results and efficiency (dobre) project, organized and implemented a 2-week study tour for 50 ukrainian mayors and economic development leaders to explore local approaches to governance, economic development, and tourism, in small to mid-size communities of Tennessee, west Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia.- placed 22 professional fellows from southeast asia in the sustainable development and environment field with 16 organizations across 11 states and the district of columbia for four-week professional fellowships and mentoring with american technical experts through the u.s. state department's young southeast asian leaders initiative (yseali) professional fellows program. - under the usaid-funded strengthening urban resilience for growth with equity (surge) program in the philippines, - provided assistance for the construction of two trading centers in marawi and its environs to sustain the return and reintegration of internally displaced persons (idps). Provided support via technical, skills and entrepreneurial training, mentoring, market linkages, chamber strengthening and business fora, that benefited more than 6,000 idps and displaced marawi entrepreneurs in their livelihood recovery. - incorporated covid-19 pandemic and other natural hazards into the risk assessment scope of the climate and disaster risk assessment (cdra) methodology in collaboration with the department of human settlements and urban development (dhsud) and un habitat. Changes were integrated into the latest version of the cdra training module that cities and municipalities use in local development planning. - partnered with u.s.-based golden gate university to develop the urban development learning program (udlp) at holy name university in tagbilaran city. The program is a 21-unit post-graduate diploma course which includes subjects such as fundamentals and practice of urban and regional planning and development, research methods in planning, land use planning and development, planning analysis, urban plan implementation and natural resource use and development. - equipped water service providers with knowledge and skills to evaluate potential impacts of natural disasters to their supply systems and facilities. Diagnostics helped water service providers in the cities of batangas and general santos and adjacent areas allocate new funding for water source development to expand their services and generate 6,500 new connections to a population of 32,500. Conducted a rapid assessment to determine the impacts of covid-19 on water service providers in partner cities and initiate the formulation of a business continuity and recovery planning (bcrp) training module. - strengthened promotion of proper handwashing as one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the philippines. Worked with local stakeholders and the business sector to make handwashing more accessible by installing handwashing stations at strategic public areas in the cities of cagayan de oro, general santos, and tagbilaran. - supported partner cities in business and area service response and recovery (basrr) planning to help them adapt evidence-based risk mitigation and Management, related to the covid-19 pandemic. - held a series of virtual learning sessions to address the local governments' needs for quick and reliable information on covid-19 responses and interventions to guide in decision-making. Through four virtual sessions, local chief executives (lces) and International experts shared effective practices and experiences on targeted and expanded testing, contact tracing, area focused response and mitigation strategies, and recovery for the tourism sector.for more information, please refer to icma's fy 2020 annual reports, which can be found here: https://icma.org/annual-reports
Membership: membership benefits & growth is identified as the first priority of icma's strategic plan, envision icma. In fy 2020, we accomplished growth in all membership categories, with the total membership exceeding 13,000 members in 43 countries. Other significant program accomplishments:- expanded the number of student chapters to 123, including 19 International student chapters. Engage with chapters through monthly emails, Management of the student chapter facebook group, & strategic social media leveraging. Students from the university of Delaware, university of Arizona, & grand valley state university were able to attend icma's nashville conference through travel scholarships awarded to those schools as the winners of last year's best chapter event. In nashville, 41 students representing 21 of icma's active student chapters attended the annual student chapter meeting. Awarded 40 students with the local government early career service certificate which was created in fy19. Awarded four student chapters this year's best chapter event award: Arizona state university, university of Delaware, university of southern California, & Texas a&m university. Each winning chapter received $1,000 toward chapter programming. The university of central Florida's icma student chapter signed on as a supporting partner of a recent national science foundation grant proposal submitted by icma's global programs team. We hope to engage students in this chapter in this project supporting sustainable communities in coastal communities.- the local government Management fellows (lgmf) program, which provides an entry into the profession to applicants & which entered its 17th year, continued to attract talented individuals. The program has been expanded to include the veteran's local government Management fellowship. - completed the first year of the judy kelsey award with a subcommittee of the lgmf advisory board who reviewed candidate essays & chose two winners for this year's award, which were announced in may. Award is named in honor of judy lyn kelsey, a pioneer in the local government Management profession & long-time icma member, who gifted $108,941 to icma in the disbursement of her estate. With her gift, icma established the local government Management fellowship judy l. kelsey scholarship to help women emerging leaders who have been accepted into the lgmf, which places a fellow in a manager's or department head's office in a council-manager community. - continued to expand the icma national coaching program, which attracts local government professionals to access the free professional development offered by icma. Over 4,400 individuals participated in the six complimentary coaching webinars. There are now 30 state coaching partners & nine coaching outreach partners. Successfully transitioned to a new coaching platform, coachconnect, with 160 coaches & 201 learners onboarded. Cohorts using coachconnect to support participants are the lgmf program, the vlgmf program, & the mid-career Management institute of icma university.- continued work on advancing diversity and inclusion in the profession. Concluded a majority of the work assigned by the task force's recommendations on women in the profession & the task force on strengthening inclusiveness, along with other initiatives to advance equity & inclusion in the profession. Conferred icma's community diversity & inclusion award to st. louis park & bloomington, mn, & gwinnett county, ga, presented in nashville. For the second year, icma coordinated a meeting at the icma annual conference for the leaders of state-based women leading government chapters, league of women in government, legacy project, & Michigan municipal league's 16/50 project to foster collaboration and networking. Continue to promote the hashtag #sheleadsgov in social media efforts to keep the focus on advancing women in the profession. Featured five sessions on equity & inclusion at the nashville conference. Coordinated a stand-alone event, the road to leadership: don't just survive - thrive! In raleigh, nc, supported by icma strategic partner, cigna, with 80 attendees. Provided scholarships to eight students to cover registration for the women in government Arizona conference, & icma-sponsored Indiana university's first event at the o'neill school: 2019 for the greater good women's summit. Published the september issue of pm magazine focused on equity & inclusion, with a special supplement on building a diverse profession. Icma is part of a new working group with gare, nlc, policy link, & living cities to develop ways to address racial equity issues in the local government.- successfully implemented a change in icma's constitution designed to enhance inclusion, representation, & engagement with affiliate members. Those with 5 years in local government & icma membership are now eligible to serve on the icma executive board and vote. - under the city-countCitycountyty Management senior fellowship program (cmsfp), informally known as the garrison command program, as part of our second cohort with the army, 12 department of defense fellows completed exchange visits with local governments; they also met in nashville to report on their findings. The army selected 10 fellows to participate in 2020. That cohort held an orientation meeting in march but covid-19 restricted travel for site visits. Finalized the department of defense memorandum of agreement to enroll icma as an official skillbridge partner, allowing recruiting to the veterans local government fellowship (vlgmf) at all military installations across the u.s. & overseas. Launched the third cohort of the year for the vlgmf program to help service members transition to local government. To date, more than 70 veterans have completed the program, with three cohorts per year; 34 participated in fy2019 & placed 33 in fy2020. In addition, 17 new vlgmf host organizations were added to the program in order to increase available locations. Attended a career event sponsored by the military officers Association of america in september, with one icma member & one veteran fellow to promote local government and the vlgmf. Scheduled to participate in four virtual recruiting events in fy2021 with moaa, navy pacific west region, navy midatlantic region, & recruit military. Staffed a booth at the national Association of county veteran service officers' annual conference & will participate in their virtual event in fy2021. Recruiting travel has been cut or postponed given covid-19 constraints. Engaged with the Association of defense communities, principal deputy assistant secretary of the army installations, energy, & environment, & department of army g9 partnerships program to promote collaboration between community managers & installation leaders & explore formal partnering opportunities. Awarded three veteran recognition awards to promote veterans who are full time local government employees & with outstanding performance records in their local government organizations. - completed the second veteran career guidebook focused on human resources recruiting for veterans, human resources recruitment handbook: hiring veterans for local government positions was released in november & is available at icma.org/veterans. Reviewed and edited first-time administrator's handbook, which is in the last stage of production with a shorter document-style guide & an expanded members-only toolkit online. The icma model employment agreement, updated by a member task force, was approved by the board in december. Featured a 'wall of guides' at the icma member pavilion and outside the exhibit hall in nashville. Partnering with cal-icma to take the encore program, designed to provide advice to managers upon their retirement, national. Program has a presence on icma's website & will promote these materials as new icma resources for members making the transition into their next life phase.- icma promoted ethics awareness in local government & adherence to the icma code of ethics principles via the ethics matter column in pm magazine, conducting training for local government managers, assistants, & staff, & providing content at icma events. March pm was dedicated to ethics for national ethics awareness month with articles authored by current & former practitioners & one academic who focused on the challenges of ethical leadership. As part of the icma athenian program, developed a framework, training materials, article in pm & conference session focused on the role of professionals in a democracy & the tension between advocating for personal & professional issues given the profession's commitment to political neutrality.- the comprehensive review of the icma code of ethics advanced with the membership approving new language for tenets 1, 2, 5 & 6 along with revisions to tenet 2 guideline on advice to officials of other local governments & tenet 5 guideline on conflicting roles which was moved to tenet 3.
Professional development: leadership and professional development are key to building capacity in our members and those hoping to lead local governments throughout the world. Among significant program accomplishments are:- offered professional development offerings catered to various career stages, from coaching programs to leadership and mentorship programs.- emerging leaders development program welcomed 45 new participants, including 11 who were not icma members until they registered for the program. - mid-career Management institute welcomed 5 new participants. - icma university delivered 3 workshops at affiliate Association meetings; 1 workshop to a local government; 18 workshops at the annual conference in nashville.- icma university online learning delivered 13 webinars; 6 strategic partner-sponsored webinars; and 47 jurisdictions registered for icma university's webinar subscription.- in march 2020, icma university pivoted the webinar program to deliver rapid response communications during the covid-19 pandemic, producing an additional 16 free webinars in fy20 to connect local government leaders with experts in topics ranging from public health to racial equity to emergency medical services.