First local government organization announces plans to

WASHINGTON, Sept. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) announced a new initiative to strengthen local government management practices through a holistic learning approach. Working with partners and members around the world, ICMA will develop new programs, launch new services and conduct new research to advance effective local government management practices.

“No matter where you are in the world and no matter what form of government a nation adopts, local government officials have the most direct impact on our daily lives,” said Marc Ott, Director Executive and CEO of ICMA. “This new initiative adopted by our Board of Directors provides strategic direction as we continue to be the leading voice on local government management and administrative practices.”

ICMA has a long history of supporting local governments around the world. Through grant programs and federal partnerships, ICMA has advanced critical thought leadership on issues such as pollution mitigation, financial and economic stability, education, and urban planning in more than 70 countries since its creation. Through existing programs, ICMA has already enabled 3,000 people in the Philippines to use climate information to improve resilience and provided 60 young people in Bangladesh with mentorship to develop conflict management and other skills.

These international collaborations are the catalyst for this new global strategy, which will support a deeper strategic commitment to sharing ICMA’s resources and expertise with local governments around the world.

“In an increasingly globalized world, we have so much to learn from each other as we strive to serve our communities,” said Troy Brown, President of ICMA. “We are excited to see the kinds of thought leadership and new ideas emerging from a more direct international focus on government administration around the world.”

In our increasingly global society, many of the most pressing and complex issues facing local governments, from climate change to public health, transcend borders. There are over 500,000 local governments around the world employing millions of people, representing a significant opportunity to share ICMA’s educational opportunities and expertise.

About ICMA
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) advances professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation and ethics. ICMA provides support to members; publication; data and information; peer-to-peer and results-oriented assistance; and the training and professional development of more than 12,000 experts from cities, towns and counties and other individuals and organizations around the world. Management decisions made by ICMA members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities, from small towns and cities to large metropolitan areas. ICMA has collected more local government data than any organization except the federal government, covering a wide range from economic development to local government innovation.

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