Conferences and Training


This nationally respected educational program—named posthumously in honor of William “King” Cole, a respected friend to TCMA and former Texas city manager—focuses on knowledge, commitment, and ethics in the spirit of “King.” The series is offered annually each January and March/April.

Session 1 introduces the fundamentals of city management—the basic, core duties, ethics, and responsibilities of today’s city management professional. Session 2 continues to build on this foundation by presenting different educational modules to complement what was learned in Session 1. Both sessions feature comprehensive discussion, top-notch instruction, and ample networking opportunities.


This popular two-day clinic is offered annually and focuses on current issues in the city management profession. Topics include leadership, economic development, human resources, ethics, and legislative issues.

TCMA Annual Conference

This multi-day conference is the premier training opportunity for city managers, assistant city managers, department heads, and future managers. Keynote speakers provide relevant information for leading in local government and educational sessions offer up-to-date information on topics impacting the profession. Networking opportunities are always available.


The online ethics courses provide the opportunity to learn the 12 Tenets of the TCMA Code of Ethics. Ethics 101 serves as the required two hours of ethics training to become a new member. Students are required to complete this course within the first 12 months of becoming a member to maintain their membership. The course focuses on the basic concepts of public sector ethics including practical, specific procedures you can establish to help make ethics an integral part of your personal and organizational life.

Ethics 201 and 202 provide an interactive and practical approach for current full and associate members to fulfill the required two hours of ethics training every two years to maintain their membership. Case studies are provided to engage current practitioners in the every day challenges they face.


TCMA and other city management associations across the country conduct training by webinar to provide practical management and leadership training. Each webinar is offered complimentary. To register for a webinar click here.


The ICMA Annual Conference offers educational, information-sharing and networking tools to ensure professionals of all backgrounds and career stages are plugged into the most innovative ideas and practical strategies needed to manage the challenges facing local governments.

With three and a half days of learning, inspiration, and connection, attendees are equipped with the tools and support they need to make their communities a better place to live, work, and play.