ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities. ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally. They provide services, research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect millions of people living in thousands of communities, ranging in size from small towns to large metropolitan areas.
Association of Government Accountants
AGA is the member organization for financial and performance professionals from all three levels of government. They lead and encourage change that benefits their field and all citizens. Their training events, professional certification, publications and ongoing education help members build their skills and advance their careers. AGA is a 501(c)(3) organization. With nearly 15,000 members, their mission is to foster learning, certification, leadership and collaboration for professionals and stakeholders committed to advancing government accountability.
Slate provides branding, graphic design, marketing, and community engagement to improve your community. Slate is a different kind of marketing firm, specializing in local government and public agency communications. Their staff has a long-standing history with and intimate understanding of local government and can help you reach your goals while engaging council, stakeholders, staff, and residents.
Peak Democracy Inc’s Open Town Hall is a cloud-based online civic engagement platform that augments and diversifies public participation in ways that also enable government leaders to increase public trust in their governance. Unlike crowd-sourcing, Open Town Hall allows governments to maintain control of the public engagement process, focus on feedback from constituents, keep the dialogue civil and legal, and also not overwhelm staff in ways that can frustrate residents.
Center for Priority Based Budgeting
Priority Based Budgeting is a unique and innovative approach being used by local governments across the Country to match available resources with community priorities, provide information to elected officials that lead to better informed decisions, meaningfully engage citizens in the budgeting process and, finally, escape the traditional routine of basing “new” budgets on revisions to the “old” budget. This holistic approach helps to provide elected officials and other decision-makers with a “new lens” through which to frame better-informed financial and budgeting decisions and helps ensure that a community is able to identify and preserve those programs and services that are most highly valued.
Downtown Colorado, Inc.
Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) is a nonprofit, membership association committed to building better communities by providing assistance to Colorado downtowns, commercial districts and town centers. DCI provides four core services to organizations and individuals engaged in downtown and commercial district development: technical assistance, education, advocacy and program participation.
National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) is a member organization of Emerging/Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). ELGL is a big tent organization with the mission of connecting, communicating, and educating about local government topics. They help local government professionals make meaningful connections, share information for professional development and provide educational offerings addressing new trends and ways local government professionals can proactively respond.
AAPOR Transparency Initiative
National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) is a charter member of the AAPOR Transparency Initiative. The Transparency Initiative (TI) by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) recognizes research firms that make full disclosure of their research methods which must conform to the highest standards of survey methodological rigor. By promoting increased openness in research, Transparency Initiative members bring a high level of professionalism and trust to their firms and to their research projects.
The League of Women in Government
The League of Women in Government is the national umbrella organization that supports local and statewide organizations that seek to advance women in local government leadership – city/county managers, police and fire chiefs, department heads and assistant chief executive positions. Together, we Support, Encourage, Mentor & Educate by:
Strengthening the relationships between women in local government; Informing women of leadership and professional development opportunities; and Educating officials about the value of gender diversity and gender balance in leadership.
Strategic Government Resources
Strategic Government Resources (SGR) helps local governments Recruit, Select and Develop Innovative, Collaborative and Authentic Leaders. Specific business lines include Servant Leadership Culture Development, Interim Management Placement, Management Team Workshops, City Council Workshops, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Live and Online Employee Training and Social Media Talent Marketing as well as Executive Search.
Center for Public Safety Management, LLC (CPSM)
CPSM is now the exclusive provider of public safety technical assistance for ICMA. CPSM provides training and research for the Association’s members and represents ICMA in its dealings with the federal government and other public safety professional associations such as CALEA. The Center for Public Safety Management, LLC maintains the same team of individuals performing the same level of service that it has for the past seven years for ICMA.