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Strategic Partners Working with ICMA 2007

Magazine article Public Management

Strategic Partners Working with ICMA 2007

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If you look at the diverse companies and foundations who are strategically working with ICMA, you'll find they have one thing in common--a commitment to our mission of building excellence in local governance. The domain of professional local government managers is vast but the resources are limited. These organizations have helped ICMA, and through us, all local governments, by supporting projects focused on building knowledge that leads to better communities.


From improving emergency response and post-disaster recovery, to helping local governments address the needs of an aging population, to creating approaches that will protect our natural resources--ICMA Strategic Partners provided much needed support.

Over the next decade, new issues will emerge and ICMA will strive to help local government managers find new solutions. These innovative partnerships are one powerful way to help get the job done.

During the last year ICMA's partners invested over $2 million to advance the mission of ICMA and strengthen the capacity of local governments around the world. The following list highlights our strategic partners' contributions in 2007.

National projects with new knowledge resources.

Sustainablity. A national initiative aimed at creating new resources for managers to support their leadership role in sustainability. Management Perspective.


Healthy Communities. A national study on employee health insurance and the impact of wellness programs, integrated health management, consumer-driven programs, and the role of the manager in health benefits. Management Perspective, national survey, and nationwide audio teleconference.


Public Libraries Initiative. Focusing on the leadership role local government managers must take in supporting public libraries and their role for community sustainability. Management Perspective.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Active Living Leadership. Aimed at supporting local government leaders as they create and promote policies, programs and places that enable active living and healthy eating.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

311. A national research study funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on how 311 and other centralized customer service technology systems improve local government services to citizens. Case studies and national survey.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

EMA, Inc.


Value of Water. Identifying benefits, key messages and techniques for successfully communicating the true value of water to stakeholders, including appointed and elected officials. Toolkit for officials.

Red Oak Consulting, a Division of Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

National Surveys. Using its database of more than 10,000 local governments, ICMA conducted surveys on key issues for local governments, partners, foundations and universities.

Local Government Health Insurance Survey


Active Living Survey

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

311/Centralized Customer Service Survey

Sloan Foundation

Alternative Service Delivery Survey

Reason Foundation

Special Projects

Emergency Management. Research to create a national emergency management network for local governments to catalog, map and share assets for responding to emergencies.

Public Entity Risk Institute

Katrina Disaster Recovery. Support to bring loaned local government professionals to Pascagoula, Pass Christian, and Moss Point MS, as they continue in their recovery from the hurricane.

Fannie Mae

Mass Notification. Test and utilization of broadcast messaging system for rapid dissemination of information to employees.

Connect-CTY,[TM] a service of The NTI Group, Inc.

Professional and leadership development

Jim Collins DVD. …

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