ICMA members are invited to download a free copy of the National Civic League’s (NCL) newly released Civic Index, Third Edition. The Civic Index is a tool communities can use to analyze their civic strengths and weaknesses in collective efforts to solve problems or envision a better future. First developed in 1987, this new edition is informed by hundreds of towns, cities, counties, and regions that applied for NCL’s All-America City Award or began a long-range strategic planning or problem-solving effort facilitated by NCL staff.
Civic engagement has been identified as a leading local government practice by the ICMA Center for Management Strategies. The National Civic League is one of ICMA's preferred service providers offering technical support for communities.
According to the NCL, the Civic Index, Third Edition, is updated with new community examples and lessons learned from 30 years of community assistance. Every community has a “civic infrastructure,” the formal and informal processes and networks through which communities make decisions and attempt to solve problems. The quality of a community’s civic infrastructure influences its civic, economic, and social health.
To get a free copy of the electronic version, send an e-mail to email@example.com and mention your ICMA membership. According to the NCL, this offer is only available in December 2014. To purchase a print copy, download the order form.