ICMA maintains close ties to state-based associations of local government professionals through its Relationship Management efforts and dedicated ICMA Liaison program. In 2010, ICMA launched an initiative to closely align its work with states and affiliates, and to measure progress over time. Formal affiliation agreements between state associations and ICMA offer a tool for documenting where and how we work together, and how we can build on key strategic initiatives of mutual benefit. All 43 state associations of local government professionals entered into affiliation agreements, setting specific goals in collaboration with ICMA. Agreements were renewed in 2013, and a refreshed and streamlined renewal effort began in 2016, with a completion date of June 2017 planned.
The purpose of these affiliate relationships is twofold:
- To reinforce the importance and value of the relationship between ICMA and state associations, and the value of belonging to both.
- To complement and not compete with state associations on 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. The affiliation agreement initiative is framed around these priorities:
- Professional Development
- Knowledge Sharing
- Membership Engagement and Support.
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.
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.
ICMA also works closely with state association staff to assist with state conference program planning, ensure ICMA leadership representation at state meetings, and support the network of state staff in association management practices.