WASHINGTON, D.C.—ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, welcomes SMG to its Strategic Partner Program. As the nation’s leading firm providing management services for municipally–owned public facilities—including convention centers, arenas, stadiums, and performing arts facilities—SMG’s partnership with ICMA will aid members in better understanding the challenges, rewards, and logistics of facilities management.
“ICMA is fortunate to partner with a major provider of local government services such as SMG,” said Executive Director Robert J. O’Neill, Jr. "The company's commitment to providing the resources that municipalities need to advance the management of their convention, sporting, and other facilities is well known throughout the industry, and we look forward to working closely with them moving forward.”
As an ICMA strategic partner, SMG will enrich the organization’s thought leadership with its extensive knowledge of facilities management. Thanks to this new partnership, ICMA can offer its members the knowledge, resources, and experience that SMG brings through its more than 30 years of industry experience. The company will exhibit at ICMA’s 101st Annual Conference (Booth #833, Exhibit Hall 4AB, Level 4) at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, September 27-30.
“Given our commitment to and partnerships with many cities, counties, and communities throughout North America, SMG is excited to become a new strategic partner with ICMA,” said Harry Cann, Senior Vice President, SMG. “We look forward to supporting the ICMA Annual Conference and the membership in any way we can. ICMA members will benefit from our extensive experience and successful initiatives for maximizing the operation and marketing of stadiums, arenas, convention centers, theaters and other public assembly facilities, which are centerpiece public assets for many communities."
ICMA’s Strategic Partner Program was created in 1996 as an access point for private sector participation in ICMA programs and activities. ICMA Strategic Partners have opportunities to assist professional local government managers by showcasing leading practice solutions and providing thought leadership.
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association advances professional local government management worldwide. Our mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and advancing professional management to create sustainable communities that improve lives worldwide. ICMA provides member support, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to nearly 9,500 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 243 public assembly facilities. SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats in nine countries. SMG also offers culinary services through its concessions and catering companies, now serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. SMG serves local government clients almost exclusively.