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ICMA announces a call for proposals for a “Form of Government Graduate Student Symposium” to be held during the 2021 ICMA Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. This event will enable graduate students to submit papers or presentations that will help guide an understanding of the council-manager form of government.

Any content that shapes understanding of the council-manager form of government is welcome. Of particular interest are comparisons between the council-manager form of government and other form(s) of local government (i.e., mayor-council/county executive, commission, town meeting). Group projects, seminar papers, and original research may be submitted for consideration.

This is a great opportunity for graduate students to engage with practitioners, academics, and other graduate students to find ways to improve the quality of life of communities through effective government administration.

Proposals are due by July 30, 2021, and should be no more than 250 words (excluding bibliography) to Selected proposals will be notified by September 1, 2021.

  • Accepted papers and presentations will be published online at
  • Authors/presenters will have the opportunity to present their research to ICMA members during the ICMA Annual Conference in October 2021 (ICMA will provide travel and lodging scholarships to accepted authors/presenters).
  • Papers will be considered for publication in PM magazine.

Learn more about this competition and form of government in this recording of the Student Leadership Network Series. Question can be sent to