Message from the Executive Director

Actions ICMA is taking on racial equity and social justice.

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ICMA has made a focused commitment to Race, Equity, and Social Justice in all forms, as a means to achieving thriving communities. ICMA works to achieve equity and social justice, to affirm human dignity, and to improve the quality of life for the individual and the community.

Mission

Creating better communities around the world begins with a commitment to social justice and equity. ICMA strives to ensure that our members and the overall profession reflect the diversity of the people we serve. We work to mitigate the effects of bias in all areas of local government by developing and promoting programs and initiatives in the areas of service delivery, hiring practices, leadership development, community engagement, and workplace culture. ICMA works to drive engagement and support of members, local governments, and partnering organizations on issues related to equity, systemic racism, and social justice.

Vision

ICMA is the race, equity, and social justice thought leader in local government. Our members and their communities have these values and principles ingrained in their culture and practices.

Partners and Affiliates

Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)

Living Cities

PolicyLink

NLC Race Equity and Leadership (REAL)

National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)

Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN)

International Network of Asian Public Administrators (I-NAPA)

CivicPRIDE

League of Women in Government

SheLeadsGov

Contact Us

Have questions, comments and/or content to share? Contact us at speakup@icma.org.

ICMA Executive Board Statement Regarding Systemic Racism

At its June 2020 meeting, the ICMA Executive Board approved a statement on systemic racism along with initial action steps.

Declaration of Ideals

ICMA was founded with a commitment to the preservation of the values and integrity of representative local government and local democracy and a dedication to the promotion of efficient and effective management of public services. To fulfill the spirit of this commitment, ICMA works to maintain and enhance public trust and confidence in local government, to achieve equity and social justice, to affirm human dignity, and to improve the quality of life for the individual and the community. Read more.

Moral and Ethical Leadership

ICMA Code of Ethics: The principles outlined in the ICMA Code of Ethics and enforced by the Rules of Procedure govern the conduct of every member of ICMA.

It is the exercise of ethical leadership practiced by those engaged in the moral struggle that made the difference.

The Seven Leadership Qualities for Times of Civic Disruption

Leaders at all levels can instill trust in our democratic systems.

Strengthening Your Moral Compass to Overcome Ethical Roadblocks

Integrating shared values between your personal and professional life builds integrity. [PM magazine, March 2020]

The Importance of Ethical Leadership and Moral Courage in Public Management

It is the exercise of ethical leadership practiced by those engaged in the moral struggle that made the difference between success or failure. [PM magazine, March 2020]

Equity and Social Justice

Ideals for the profession. [PM magazine, August 2020]

2021 ICMA Community Equity & Inclusion Award WInners

Proclamation Livingston

2021 Community Equity & Inclusion Award: Under 10,000 Population

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2021 Community Equity & Inclusion Award: 10,000-49,999 Population

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2021 Community Equity & Inclusion Award: 50,000 and Greater Population

Oct 2021 cover of PM

The Awards Issue, celebrating the 2021 ICMA Local Government Excellence Awards

PM Magazine

Ideals for the profession [PM Magazine, August 2020]

The 2020 Local Government Excellence Awards Issue

Black Leadership in Local Government

Image of Sept 2021 PM cover

Equity and Inclusion

Cover of Feb 2022 PM

Elevating Your Equity Work

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

ICMA Courageous Conversation Series

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Join us for this 90 minute webinar about how to put the American Rescue Plan Act resources to the best use possible in your communities.

How two local governments support small, minority, and women-owned businesses

Equity Summit

Join us at ICMA’s inaugural Equity Summit, Moving the Needle, a virtual learning event focused on advancing racial equity in local government. 

ICMA Leadership Institute on Race, Equity, and Inclusion

Kettering Foundation and the National Civic League

The application period is open for the FY22 session. Note: deadline has been extended.

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ICMA / Kettering Foundation / National Civic League

ICMA EQUITY OFFICER INSTITUTE (COHORT)

Diversity Inclusion Equity

If you are committed to addressing issues of race, equity, inclusion, and social justice in your local government, ICMA invites you to apply to the 2022 ICMA Equity Officer Institute.

Part of the Ask an ICMA Manager series.

With ICMA Equity Cohort member, Phillip Smith-Hanes, county administrator Saline County...

With ICMA Equity Cohort member, Kweli Rashied-Henry, racial equity officer, Durham County

ICMA COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS

Conversations with Courageous Leaders

Live Conversation with Marc Ott and Sy Murray

Live conversation with three women pioneers of the profession

Conversations with Courageous Leaders

May Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

INAPA webinar

Join a conversation with early and mid-career Asian and Asian American professionals about challenges and opportunities as they establish leadership roles in local government.

Conversations with Courageous Leaders

Courageous Conversations

ICMA Courageous Conversation Series

Learn how Black local government leaders navigate historical and future challenges in their careers

RESOURCES FROM ICMA

Timeline RESJ ICMA

ICMA's Path to Building a Diverse and Inclusive Profession (1938 and beyond)

The application period is open for the FY22 session. Note: deadline has been extended.

Part of the Ask an ICMA Manager series.

Ideals for the profession [PM Magazine, August 2020]

Model Police Officer Survey Report Cove

ICMA's survey on police recruitment, training, and community engagement from the perspectives of management, police administration, officers, human resources, and the community.

Local government managers actively addressing social and racial inequity in their...

Seeking to become more inclusive, many jurisdictions are endeavoring to go “beyond compliance” and create programs that recruit, hire, and retain underrepresented populations.

Advancing Social Equity Goals to Achieve Sustainability: Local Governments, Social Equity, and Sustainable Communities

RESOURCES FROM PARTNERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Resources from our partners, affiliates and other organizations, that describe approaches that have impact and provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

Glossary of Terms

Materials from our partners, along with reports and surveys that describe approaches that have impact and provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

A variety of tools and resources from PolicyLink.

A variety of resources from Living Cities.

Resources from our partners, affiliates and other organizations, that describe approaches that have impact and provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

America's most detailed report card on racial and economic equity. We equip movement...

City of San Antonio Office of Equity

Leadership for a New Era Series

A variety of tools and resources from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)

Equity and Inclusion in the Profession

ICMA equity and inclusion logo
Since 1974, with the first Task Force on Women in the Profession, ICMA

ICMA International Affiliates are tackling issues of equity and inclusion in cities across...

An overview of women members of ICMA.

Civid Pride partnership

Advancing equity and LGBTQIA+ participation in local government.

ICMA strives to ensure that our members and the overall profession reflects the diversity...

New Award Category Enhances the ICMA Local Government Excellence Awards Program

Blog Posts

The SLLC ask SCOTUS to exclude local government owned water infrastructure from the definition of "waters of the United States."

This decision impacts most local governments because most signs codes have different rules for on-premises and off-premises signs.

Educating, creating opportunity, implementing programs to develop new talent.

This case makes it easier for police officers to be sued for malicious prosecution.

Actionable steps to reduce risk of cancer and stigma of mental health

Beyond a praying coach, this case is about the ability of public employers to regulate on-the-job employee speech.

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News

Congratulations to local government professionals who are newly joined, transfers in status (membership upgrades), and reinstatements as full ICMA members.

Congratulations to the following ICMA members on their recent local government appointments.

An opportunity to let ICMA staff know how your membership association is meeting your needs.

Congratulations to these ICMA members who have been honored for their contributions to the local government management profession.

Let us know which content is for you and set your communication preferences

Congratulations to these recently retired ICMA members who have been granted Life membership.

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