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The ICMA Executive Board directed the organization's Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee (GAPC) to produce annual policy white papers, depending on resources available and the topics that require a managerial perspective. ICMA and the GAPC select key policy issues to which ICMA members bring an important perspective and produce white papers on these issues for general release to ICMA membership, other Big 7 organizations, and the general public. ICMA's Policy Papers Blockchain Technology: Local Government Applications and Challenges (November 2018) Public-Private Partnerships (P3s): What Local Government Managers Need to Know (December 2017) Infrastructure Financing: A Guide for Local Government Managers (January 2017) Municipal Bonds and Infrastructure Development - Past, Present and Future (August 2015) Leveraging Local Change: The States' Role (May 2014) Management's Perceptions of Annual Financial Reporting White Paper (December 2013) Striking a Balance: Matching the Services Offered by Local Governments with the Revenue Realities (December 2012) Coping with Crisis: How are Local Governments Reinventing Themselves in the Wake of the Great Recession? (December 2011) 211/311: Is There a Case for Consolidation or Collaboration? (July 2010) Measuring the Results of Economic Stimulus Investments: Local Government Leading the Way (October 2009) Restoring the Intergovernmental Partnership: What Needs to Change(July 2009) Immigration Reform: An Intergovernmental Imperative (December 2008) A Networked Approach to Improvements in Emergency Management (August 2006 with April 2009 update) Emergency Management and Homeland Security (An Overview) (August 2006) Other White Papers Navigating the Fiscal Crisis: Tested Strategies for Local Leaders (January 2009) Navigating the Fiscal Crisis: An Introduction for Elected Officials (2009) A Proposal for an Intergovernmental Policy Council This proposal was created by ICMA and with the support of NACo and NLC. The proposal outlines ideas on how to rebuild the intergovernmental partnership between the federal, state, and local governments.
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