Membership Services and Benefits

Do you know your membership provides a toolbox of benefits? Your membership includes: a network of professional colleagues, support when needed, educational opportunities, and more. Here are a few more membership benefits:

1. Annual Meeting

TCMA meets regularly each year at its annual conference in early summer. At this meeting, members discuss current trends in city management and related fields. The next conference will be held
June 22-25, 2017, in Austin. The theme is “Music To Our Ears.”

2. Regional Meetings

Regional meetings provide opportunities for continued professional growth and networking. They are usually held at least quarterly (though activity varies among the ten TCMA regions).

3. Publications

Members receive the Management Messenger monthly. The newsletter features articles about developments in Texas cities and pertinent happenings within TCMA. The online TCMA Directory is published annually and available online. It contains biographical information about TCMA members. Other publications available to members are listed in the “publications” section of the TCMA website at

4. Career Assistance

The career area of the TCMA website provides access to the Career Center hosted by the Texas Municipal League. Information about the TCMA In-Transition Services which includes  a list of members who are currently in-transition and contact information for the support team. A list of search firms and online job search information is also available.

5. Coaching Program

This program is designed to assist senior managers, grow talent and initiate staff development throughout their organization. The Coaches Gallery assists emerging leaders in fostering relationships with seasoned managers. Free webinars are also available for members and their staff. To learn more about this program, please visit TCMA Coaching Program.

6. Senior Advisor Program

This program provides a confidential source of outside counsel to TCMA members who request assistance with personal and professional issues. Discussion topics range from working with mayors and councils, overall management questions, responses to local controversies such as referenda on the council-manager plan, to career development counseling. They provide a unique source of outside counsel to TCMA members. Senior Advisors are friends, colleagues, and counselors to the profession—not consultants. To learn more about this program, please visit Senior Advisor Program.

7. Specialized Training

Management-related training programs are offered throughout the year. The City Management Problem Solving Clinic is designed to educate and support individuals in city management positions on current and relevant issues. Two William “King” Cole workshops provide an opportunity for training in the fundamentals of city management.

8. Scholarship Programs

TCMA annually awards two Clarence E. Ridley Scholarships to graduate students enrolled in a Texas public administration program or closely related field. TCMA, in conjunction with the Texas State University-San Marcos Public Services Academy, offers an annual fellowship to a Texas city manager to attend the entire Barney L. Knight Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program. An annual Public Executive Institute Scholarship is awarded for senior managers seeking advanced training at the executive level. Two annual Leadership Development Scholarships are awarded and can be applied to a variety of eligible programs. Five New Professional’s Scholarships are awarded annually to assist new local government management professionals attend the TCMA Annual Conference.
The Tom Muehlenbeck Scholarship is available to a TCMA members’ dependent child who is a high school graduating senior and has been accepted to a Texas college or university. Other programs include scholarship programs to assist members attending TCMA educational events.