Government and public sector employee associations provide valuable training, resources and networking opportunities for members and non-members alike. Associations are often essential in providing information about professional standards, licensing requirements and posting targeted job opportunities in the field. We encourage you to contact us with associations you think will be valuable to others.
ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO’s primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation’s health.
Vision: Healthy people thriving in a nation free of preventable illness and injury.
Mission: To transform public health within states and territories to help members dramatically improve health and wellness.
Who We Are
California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA): Public Sector Management’s Resource For Labor-Relations Leadership, Training, Information, And Support
CALPELRA is a professional, nonprofit California association established in 1975, comprised of public sector management representatives responsible for carrying out the labor relations / human resource programs for their jurisdictions.
CALPELRA’s members work in city, county or state government, school districts, state university systems, and special districts, representing management in employee relations, bargaining, and other activities involving public employee unions and associations. Members also include attorneys and private consultants exclusively serving management.
Professionals Throughout The State
CALPELRA members come from large and small jurisdictions. This professional mix creates a unique opportunity for members to exchange perspectives, information, and skills in the dynamic fields of public sector labor relations and human resources.
CALPELRA members have a vast pool of resources to draw upon. CALPELRA’s Annual Training Conference, Labor Relations Academies, newsletters, Alerts, Clips!, Web site, CALPELRAConnect, and CALPELRALearn programs allow members to interact with, and benefit from, the experiences and expertise of a wide range of distinguished members. Explore our Web site to learn more about the resources CALPELRA provides.
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.
The International Codes, or I-Codes, published by ICC, provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. Building codes benefit public safety and support the industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations.
Fifty states and the District of Columbia have adopted the I-Codes at the state or jurisdictional level. Federal agencies including the Architect of the Capitol, General Services Administration, National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Forest Service and the Veterans Administration also enforce the I-Codes. The Department of Defense references the International Building Code for constructing military facilities, including those that house U.S. troops around the world and at home. Amtrak uses the International Green Construction Code for new and extensively renovated sites and structures. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands enforce one or more of the I-Codes.
Vision & Mission
Vision: Protect the health, safety and welfare of people by creating safe buildings and communities.
Mission: To provide the highest quality codes, standards, products and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment.
The International Code Council (ICC) was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes. The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). Since the early part of the last century, these non-profit organizations developed three separate sets of model codes used throughout the United States. Although regional code development has been effective and responsive to our country’s needs, the time came for a single set of codes. The nation’s three model code groups responded by creating the International Code Council and by developing codes without regional limitations; the International Codes.
The ICC has developed and made available an impressive inventory of comprehensive and coordinated International Codes, including:
Services of the ICC
The International Code Council offers unmatched technical, educational and informational products and services in support of the International Codes, with more than 250 highly qualified staff members at 16 offices throughout the United States and in Latin America. Some of the products and services readily available to code users include:
Any interested individual or group may submit a code change proposal and participate in the proceedings in which proposals are considered. This open debate and participation before a committee of representatives from across the construction industry, including code regulators and construction industry representatives, ensures a consensus of the construction community in the decision-making process. A major advantage of ICC’s consensus-based private-sector code development process is that it allows both the ICC code development committees and eligible voting members at the code change hearings to participate in establishing the results of each proposal. Voting members may either ratify the committee’s recommendation or make their own recommendation. The results of all votes are published in the report of the ICC code development hearings.
Eligible voting members review the recommendations of the code development committee and determine the final action. Following consideration of all public comments, each proposal is individually balloted by the eligible voters. The final action on the proposals is based on the aggregate count of all votes cast. This process ensures that the International Codes will reflect the latest technical advancements and address the concerns of those throughout the industry in a fair and equitable manner. Read more about the code development process.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on our past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide; our members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for fire and emergency service leaders to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.
To provide leadership to current and future career, volunteer, fire-rescue and EMS chiefs, chief fire officers, company officers and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.
The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, DC, represents more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population. More than 3,100 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada. The IAFF is one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington; its Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, is among the top one percent of the more than 4,000 PACs in the country.
In addition to city and county fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, IAFF members include state employees, federal workers and fire and emergency medical personnel employed at certain industrial facilities.
The IAFF is the driving force behind nearly every advance in the fire and emergency services in the 20th century—from the introduction of shift schedules early in the last century to the enactment of SAFER in 2003. With extremely active political and legislative programs, and with recognized experts in the fields of occupational health and safety, fire-based emergency medical services and hazardous materials training, the IAFF has established professional standards for the North American fire service.
Today, the IAFF is the primary advocate for providing fire fighters and paramedics with the tools they need to perform their jobs. The IAFF provides a strong voice in the development and implementation of new training and equipment, and has worked hard to ensure the proper staffing of fire and EMS departments. The IAFF is a member driven organization—for fire fighters, by fire fighters.
ICMA: Leaders at the Core of Better Communities
Each time we turn on the tap in our kitchens, set the trash out for pickup the next day, or cruise through our neighborhoods on newly paved roads, we access our local governments. Providing essential community services that ensure the quality of our lives is what local government is all about.
Founded in 1914, ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. Our mission and vision is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build sustainable communities that improve people’s lives worldwide. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to nearly 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.
ICMA’s primary audiences are the professional city, town, and county managers who are appointed by elected officials to oversee the day-to-day operation of our communities.
ICMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services to its members and the local government community. The organization is an internationally recognized publisher of information resources ranging from textbooks and survey data to topical newsletters and e-publications. ICMA provides technical assistance to local governments in emerging democracies, helping them to develop professional practices and ethical, transparent governments. The organization performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the U.S. and Internationally, which is supported by federal government agencies, foundations, and corporations.
The International Institute of
Municipal Clerks (IIMC) is a professional, nonprofit association that promotes
continuing education and certification through university and college-based
institutes and provides networking solutions, services and benefits to its
Professional Association Since 1947
Founded in 1947, the
International Institute of Municipal Clerks is the leading professional
association serving the needs of municipal clerks, secretaries, treasurers,
recorders and other allied associations from cities and towns worldwide.
Inspiring Advancement &
IIMC’s primary goal is to actively promote the continuing
education and professional development of municipal clerks through extensive
education programs, certification, publications, networking, annual conferences
and research. As an educational catalyst, IIMC inspires clerks to expand and
advance beyond their present levels of development.
IIMC also engages in
municipal research administration, enhances critical professional skill
development and fosters a spirit of mutual assistance and good fellowship among
municipal clerks around the globe.
Board of Directors
IIMC’s 10,000-plus members represent municipalities
with populations ranging from 250 people to more than 10 million people in North
America and 15 other countries. Find out how to join
IIMC is governed by a 26-member Board of
Directors with 22 directors from IIMC’s 11 regions.
IPMA HR is the leading public sector human resource organization in the world. We represent the interests of human resource professionals at all levels and strive to promote excellence in HR management.
Serving HR professionals since 1906, IPMA-HR is your resource for comprehensive and timely HR industry news, jobs, policies, resources, education, and professional development opportunities.
The organization is governed by an Executive Council and divided into more than 40 chapters, residing in four U.S. regions and abroad. If you’re interested in local-level networking, there may be a chapter near you.
Here at IPMA-HR we are dedicated to serving you and providing excellent customer service. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
MuniNet Guide is an online resource specializing in municipal matters, including urban affairs, public finance, and municipal bonds. Our content and data focuses on a variety of topic areas pertaining to the public sector: municipal bonds, state and local government, demographics, economic trends, education, employment, healthcare, housing and real estate, transportation, and utilities.
MuniNet has been covering municipal bond research, public finance, urban administration, and public sector agencies since the mid-1990s. First introduced as a subscriber-based print newsletter, MuniNet Guide launched its website in 2000 and gradually transitioned to a free online publication.
In its early days, MuniNet was designed to be a guide to municipal-related content on the Internet, helping readers efficiently navigate the then-new world of online resources. While the sophistication of users and search engines has vastly increased over the years, our mission remains: to be “your hub for municipal-related content” on the web.
In addition to timely articles highlighting trends, research, and innovations in state and local government and the municipal bond industry, MuniNetGuide.com also features:
- Municipal Bond Calendar, a weekly list of upcoming and recent bond issues selling in the tax-exempt and taxable bond markets. The calendar is divided into three sections: Negotiated Sales, Competitive Sales, and Taxable and Build America Bonds, and includes links to issuers’ websites.
- Conference Guide, a compilation of upcoming conferences, seminars and workshops for professionals with an interest in state and local government, municipal bonds, public finance, and urban administration.
- Know Your Cities Contest, a chance to test your knowledge of U.S. cities by identifying a monthly “mystery city” by a photo and two clues. Enter to win!
- Expert Interviews, commentary and insights from experts in their fields, including demographics, municipal finance and investing, urban affairs, transportation, housing, and more.
- Top Picks, selections of notable websites that rise above their peers.
- State and Local Government pages, snapshot demographic profiles for states, counties and cities, with links to investor relations materials, local news sources, related government agency websites, and more.
- Sector and Topic-specific pages, showcasing current articles, news, maps, and links to websites in categories including municipal bonds, demographics, economic trends, education, employment, healthcare, housing and real estate, transportation, utilities, and special topics.
Because the sites included in the MuniNetGuide.com database have been compiled from a variety of resources through years of hands-on research, and are maintained on a regular basis, we believe it is the most comprehensive and relevant database of its kind.
Who We Are
NACo is the only national organization representing the nation’s 3,069 counties, parishes and boroughs. Driven by a strong membership, NACo’s Board of Directors represents counties across America. NACo’s Executive Committee is composed of four officers elected by the membership and a regional representative from each of the four regions in the country. County leaders develop and shape the association’s mission, goals and legislative priorities.
NACo is headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with a professional staff of 68 led by Executive Director Matthew D. Chase.
Matt Chase was selected by the NACo Board of Directors in July 2012 and started on September 17, 2012. As Executive Director, Matt serves as the spokesman for NACo and America’s counties; advocate before federal policymakers with aligned organizations and partners; and promote counties and county issues to the media on behalf of NACo’s more than 2,400 members. He has served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) since 2003, and was previously the Director of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Executive Director.
The MISSION of the National Association of Wastewater Technicians is to unify the voice of the sanitary liquid waste management industry, while increasing its professionalism and public image through education of industry members and the public, and the development and national representation of individual, state, and regional chapters, allowing our industry to exchange ideas and concerns for the betterment of our members, the environment, and the general public.
TO ACCOMPLISH THIS MISSION WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING GOALS & PURPOSES
- Be the effective voice of the industry, an industry that provides essential services to maintaining a healthful environment.
- Overcome the problem that our industry has not been recognized and addressed by elected and appointed officials on all levels of government.
- Give national support for positions taken by state and local groups on legislative and regulatory issues consistent with federal standards.
- Be the information center for the industry and serve as a communication and education conduit for the gamut of people from public officials to the homeowner.
- Assist in developing, organizing, and building membership in state associations.
- Identify, organize, and utilize the purchasing power of the Association to the advantage of its members in the area of products and service we use.
WHILE ADHERING TO THE FOLLOWING CODE OF ETHICS
- We advocate the use of the best approved methods of collection, transportation, beneficial reuse, and treatment of septage and sanitary waste in compliance with all Federal, State, and Local regulations.
- We advocate the use of the best cost effective approved technologies available to construct, rehabilitate, and maintain on-site sewage disposal systems, that are environmentally sound.
- We advocate education of our customers, our employees, and ourselves to better protect the public’s health and the environment.
- We endeavor to conduct ourselves in a professional manner in order to maintain a proper level of trust with the public, our competitors, and the various regulatory bodies we encounter.
- We endeavor to provide appropriate credible assistance and input in the rule making process.
- We endeavor to consider and evaluate the view points of all parties towards the betterment and general well being of the public and our profession.
- Individually, and as an organization, we endeavor to do all we can to improve all aspects of our industry.
NEA’s Vision, Mission, and Values
Adopted at the 2006 NEA Representative Assembly
The National Education Association
We, the members of the National Education Association of the United States, are the voice of education professionals. Our work is fundamental to the nation, and we accept the profound trust placed in us.
Our Vision Our vision is a great public school for every student.
Our Mission Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.
Our Core Values These principles guide our work and define our mission:
Equal Opportunity. We believe public education is the gateway to opportunity. All students have the human and civil right to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence, and character.
A Just Society. We believe public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity, and equality of every individual in our diverse society.
Democracy. We believe public education is the cornerstone of our republic. Public education provides individuals with the skills to be involved, informed, and engaged in our representative democracy.
Professionalism. We believe that the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student success. We maintain the highest professional standards, and we expect the status, compensation, and respect due all professionals.
Partnership. We believe partnerships with parents, families, communities, and other stakeholders are essential to quality public education and student success.
Collective Action. We believe individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good. As education professionals, we improve both our professional status and the quality of public education when we unite and advocate collectively.
NEA also believes every student in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education. In pursuing its mission, NEA has determined that we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents
Who are NLC ‘s Members?
The National League of Cities members are municipalities from across the country. A city or town joins NLC and the elected officials and staff participate in NLC’s programs, activities and governance. State municipal leagues are also active members of NLC, guiding the organization’s priorities and serving as an important link to cities in their state. And, NLC offers membership opportunities for members of the private and non-profit sector.
Cities and Towns
More than 2,000 municipalities of all sizes pay dues directly to NLC and actively participate as leaders and voting members in the organization.
State Municipal Leagues occupy a special position within the National League of Cities as the founding members and serve as a conduit of communication with NLC for our mutual memberships. Through the state municipal league network, NLC represents over 19,000 cities and towns. View and search the member directory at myNLC.
The Associate Member Program is designed to meet with needs of corporations and other organizations who do business with America’s cities and towns and need to stay on top of activity in this area. Associate Membership can provide the edge your company needs in the competitive local government marketplace of products, services and ideas.
This program promotes the exchange of ideas between corporate leaders and the leaders of America’s cities in order to strengthen local government, encourage economic competitiveness, and promote corporate civic engagement. Participation in the NLC Corporate Partners Program is by invitation of the NLC Leadership.
|National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) is the premier organization for public-sector labor relations and human resources professionals. NPELRA is a network of state and regional affiliates with over 2,000 members around the country. The governmental agencies represented in NPELRA employ more than four million workers in federal, state, and local government.|
NPELRA’s members represent public employers in a wide range of areas, from management union contract negotiations to working with arbitrators under grievance and arbitration procedures. NPELRA strives to provide our members with high-quality, progressive labor relations advice that balances the needs of management, and the public interest.
NPELRA also works to promote the interests of public sector management in the judicial and legislative arenas and to provide opportunities for networking among members by establishing state and regional organizations throughout the country.
|1.)||Provide a voice for public sector management and labor relations professionals in the development of state and national policy affecting personnel and labor relations.|
|2.)||Provide professional support to public sector labor relations practitioners in resolving problems within their jurisdiction.|
|3.)||Foster communication and cooperation among members to promote sound public policies, practices and legislation.|
|4.)||Promote innovative solutions to practical problems in public sector labor management relations.|
|5.)||Disseminate and exchange information, data, and analysis of policy pertaining to all areas of labor relations, including collective bargaining, in which governmental jurisdictions and public management may become involved.|
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Our work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and citizen advocates are more than 30,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between.
NRPA brings strength to our message by partnering with like-minded organizations including those in the federal government, nonprofits, and commercial enterprises. Funded through dues, grants, registrations, and charitable contributions, NRPA produces research, education and policy initiatives for our members that ultimately enrich the communities they serve . NRPA is a strong supporter of state side Land and Water Conservation Fund. (LWCF) and introduced legislation to fund urban parks.
To advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.
Everyone will have easy access to park and recreation opportunities in sustainable communities.
NRPA’s heritage and philosophy are an outgrowth of pioneering work by its predecessors. The history of NRPA is a history of parks and scenic open spaces. It is the story of children and people of all ages seeking self-expression and fulfillment in an urbanized and industrial society. It is the story of visionary men and women who believed in the importance of recreation to the growth and development of the individual and the nation. It is the story of providing sustainable programs and environments for generations to come.
NRPA was formed on August 14, 1965, when five organizations, and in the National Recreation Association (NRA), American Institute of Park Executives (AIPE), American Recreation Society (ARS), the National Conference on State Parks (NCSP), and the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (an affiliate of AIPE) each involved in the support of park and recreation services in the public sector, merged to form a single entity.
The history and heritage of the public park and recreation field is preserved by the Joseph Lee Memorial Library and Archives located in NRPA’s headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia.
To learn more about NRPA, explore the website, contact staff or call 1.800.626.NRPA (6772).
Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.