The Benefits of Membership in ICMA

ICMA supports 13,000+ local government professionals worldwide, the communities they serve, and the profession they value.

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ICMA supports 13,000+ local government professionals worldwide, the communities they serve, and the profession they value. As an ICMA member, you are part of a worldwide community of professionals who share a commitment to local government excellence and dedication to the highest standards of honesty and integrity, and who help make good communities great, giving us a place we’re proud to call home.

How ICMA Helps You as a Professional

  • A framework for professional conduct through the ICMA Code of Ethics
  • [New] Exclusive access to ICMA Connect - the official online networking community for members of ICMA. ICMA Connect was created to provide ICMA Members a secure global community where local government professionals can connect, collaborate, share ideas and expertise, and network around shared topics of interests and issues.
  • Networking and knowledge sharing with peers across service, state, and national boundaries both online and in person at an unparalleled annual professional conference
  • Personal support through the Members in Transition program and member partners' program
  • Career support through job postings and resources available in the ICMA Job Center
  • Outside counsel on professional challenges through access to the Senior Advisor program, in partnership with select state associations
  • Access to local government-focused professional development resources on leadership/management and in a wide variety of technical areas through ICMA University and its webinarsworkshops, and leadership development programs
  • Connection with thought leadership through the [Member ExclusiveLeading Ideas Series, capturing the insights of prominent authors and innovative thinkers on leadership and management topics and how their creative ideas apply to local government managers
  • Support for your continuing education and pursuit of lifelong learning through [Member Exclusive] internships and fellowships/scholarships
  • Distinction for your qualifications, standards, and commitment to lifelong learning through ICMA's  [Member ExclusiveVoluntary Credentialing Program (ICMA-CM)*
  • Recognition of your achievements with awards programs that highlight extraordinary accomplishment as well as dedicated service to the profession.
  • [New] Access to innovative discovery, learning, and networking through [Member Exclusive] badge discounts to the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals.
  • Annual Conference: Join ICMA during the Annual Conference registration period; Details: Save 50% off your first year annual membership fee AND register for the Annual Conference

How ICMA Helps Your Community

How ICMA Helps Your Profession

  • Ethics advocacy and the enforcement of a professional Code of Ethics
  • Support of professionals in local government management across the country and around the globe.
  • The Life, Well Run campaign, which promotes understanding of the value of professional local government management.
  • Development of the next generation of local government management professionals. 

* Applicants must be ICMA Full members and meet credentialing eligibility requirements.

Questions about membership? Call the Member & Customer Support Team at 800-745-8780 202-962-3680 (in Washington DC) or email