ICMA identifies long-term trends and policy issues affecting local governments and prepares white papers and fact sheets.  Working with state and national organizations that represent cities and counties, ICMA brings its professional management voice into national policy debates, regulatory matters, and problem-solving discussions with federal government leaders. ICMA participates in coalitions with state and local government organizations to support policy initiatives and takes positions on public policy issues. The Association also signs onto amicus briefs prepared by the State and Local Legal Center that support important federalism principles. 

ICMA members provide advice and expertise on policies to inform decision makers.  They serve on a variety of governmental and non-governmental boards, panels, commissions, and committees. ICMA's Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee (GAPC) tracks federal and state policy issues to further Association goals (see ICMA's Strategic Plan).  

Advocacy - Coalition Activity

ICMA participates in advocacy efforts to support policy initiatives as part of coalitions with Big 7 state and local association partners and other organizations. 

Policy Priorities

Recent Public Policy White Papers & Fact Sheets

Policy Matters

Policy Matters, a new member benefit, provides updates on trends, legislation, regulations, and legal matters affecting local governments.  ICMA’s Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee and staff coordinate with our state and national organizations that represent cities and counties.