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The Colorado Emergency Management Association (CEMA) was created in 1965 under the name of the Colorado Defense Association. Membership consists of individuals and corporations - public and private - interested or involved in emergency management.


Since 1939, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) has been the nation's most respected society representing all forums in the public service arena. ASPA advocates for greater effectiveness in government; advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration; and provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values.


The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) aims to promote the professional development of budgeting and financial management in the public and non-profit sectors.  Embracing both theoretical and operational concerns, ABFM addresses issues in budgeting processes and practice in financial management.  ABFM strives at advancing the equality of opportunity of all persons through public administration, as well as advancing the science, processes, and art of public administration as it relates to budgeting and financial management.


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.  Headquartered in Washington D.C., activities of the organization include a multidisciplinary annual research conference, a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal, a sponsored graduate fellowship program and many more activities and resources available to its members.



Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research community in the emerging field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. Principal activities include an annual conference, publications, electronic discussions and special interest groups.


The Colorado Nonprofit Association is a statewide nonprofit membership coalition that connects nonprofits of all sizes, missions, and locations.The Colorado Nonprofit Association leads the nonprofit sector by influencing public policy and public opinion. The Colorado Nonprofit Association strengthens the nonprofit community through discussions, training, and public advocacy about the importance of the nonprofit sector.The Colorado Nonprofit Association’s members are served by tools for communication, networking, and administration.



The Colorado State Managers Association​ — founded in 1986 — is an organization for state employees.   CSMA’s main goal is to improve the quality of Colorado State Government in order to benefit those employed within the field of State management.   CSMA improves state employees’ leadership and managerial skills by uniting professionals (from many backgrounds and disciplines) in government service in order to discuss common interests and to gain knowledge that fuels and enriches professional growth.    


The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, for many Colorado communities, is the “face of state government.”   DOLA is the meeting place where local communities work in partnership with the state through financial and technical assistance, emergency management services, property tax administration and programs addressing affordable housing and homelessness.   This partnership allows for lessons on how to build on the strengths, priorities, and unique qualities of Colorado.



GovLoop is the Premier Social Network for Government 2.0. Connecting over 14,500 Federal, State, Local, Academics, and Good Contractors.



Founded in 1914, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is the premier local government leadership and management organization. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by advocating and developing the professional management of local government worldwide. The organization provides many resources and tools to its members and the broader local government community. 


Dating back to the Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) is an organization that represents the interests of human resource professionals at the Federal, State and Local levels of government. Their goal is to provide information and assistance to help HR professionals increase their job performance and overall agency function by providing cost effective products, services and educational opportunities.


The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration — founded in 1970 and incorporated in 1977 — is a national and international organization which serves as a resource for the promotion of excellence in education and training for public service.  Currently, 253 U.S. university programs in public affairs, public policy, public administration, and public management are institutional members of NASPAA.



The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) is committed to helping young nonprofit professionals be successful in the sector.  In partnership with local chapters and with support from the national board, YNPN promotes an efficient, viable, and inclusive nonprofit sector that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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