Magazine article Public Management

ICMA's InQuiry Service Is a Cost-Effective Solution for Local Governments. (Performance Matters Fall 2002)

Magazine article Public Management

ICMA's InQuiry Service Is a Cost-Effective Solution for Local Governments. (Performance Matters Fall 2002)

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Have you ever found yourself saying, "What our community really needs is a way to prevent sprawl and reduce traffic congestion. But I don't have the time or the inclination to reinvent the wheel today. I wonder what other communities have already done to address these needs?" If you find yourself asking this question repeatedly, about these and other subjects, then ICMA may have just the resource you need -- the InQuiry Service!

ICMA's InQuiry Service (IQ) is a subscription service to which local governments may subscribe. It consists of a suite of resources designed to save the busy local government employee time and money. The primary component around which IQ revolves is an electronic library that is chock full of helpful local government documents including personnel evaluation forms, ordinances, policies, and program descriptions. Our staff has collected over five thousand, high-quality documents. They have all been abstracted so that users know at a glance whether the document will be helpful or not. As a subscriber, any employee of the subscribing jurisdiction may access the electronic library, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition to the electronic library, subscribers receive a number of popular ICMA publications such as:

1. Municipal Year Book--the complete source of information about local government, contains hundreds of pages of facts and figures; explains basic statistical computations; contains easy-to-read tables and graphs that accompany research-based articles; summarizes key developments in local government with timely articles; and includes eleven tables that list nearly 70,000 local government officials. …

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