It really is a small world after all, and quickly getting smaller. Persistent advances in communication and transportation technologies have brought the world, literally, to our fingertips. In the time it takes to type on a keyboard or press a few buttons, we can leap thousands of miles across the planet to transact business, talk with friends, or tackle common problems by teaming together. At the same time, the subsequent proliferation of data through media channels has brought us closer to our global neighbors by fostering intercultural dialogue and awareness.
Municipal problems are comparable the world over, and we have a great deal to learn from each other.
The information in Establishing International Programs: A Guide for State Municipal Management Associations provides an overview of ICMA’s international programs and scholarships, as well as examples of state association implementation of international components.