Are you prepared to ignite change in your community? ICMA is on the lookout for innovators and visionaries with groundbreaking ideas for the future of local government. We're excited to announce that handpicked essays will be showcased in our forthcoming publication, "Future Proofing Local Government: Strategies for Sustainable Innovation."

Our aim is to spotlight these essays so that local government managers can explore inventive approaches to modernize and future-proof their organizations. Hence, we're seeking essays that are thought-provoking, audacious, and resonate with one of our five Local Government Reimagined themes.

Anyone can submit an essay topic! Do you have a bold idea that could transform local governance? We want to hear it!

How might local governments reimagine public spaces to foster community connection and well-being in an increasingly digital age? What unconventional methods can local governments employ to promote environmental sustainability and resilience within their communities?

Submit your audacious essays or essay topics by April 5, 2024, and not only will you shape the future, but selected authors will also receive a $1,000 honorarium for their remarkable contributions. Your essays will take center stage in "Future Proofing Local Government," amplifying your ideas to inspire others to think boldly. Learn more at the website. Questions? Contact Kaelan Boyd, senior program manager, at

Don't let this opportunity pass to challenge norms, stretch boundaries, and establish a more responsive and equitable system. Together, let's pave the way for a brighter tomorrow!


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