About IGMT

Established in 1968, the Intergovernmental Management Training Program (IGMT) has been the training ground for top-level managers for over 40 years.

  • As a guide, nominees should have a minimum of 3 years experience and not more than 10 in a management or supervisory position.
  • The program provides an exceptional opportunity for government administrators from various jurisdictions to develop ideas, exchange viewpoints and test managerial skills.
  • Program participants plan the seminars with the assistance of the IGMT staff.
  • Each session involves the study of a particular current intergovernmental issue.
  • The Northern California Chapter of the International Personnel Management Association serves as the IGMT coordinating unit, providing technical assistance, resources and logistical support.


  • Seminars and training sessions are provided on topics selected by participants. Training techniques may include lectures, role-playing, small group discussions, debates, simulations, films, informal exchanges and panel presentations.
  • Resource personnel are drawn from current and past key officials in all types of governmental jurisdictions and functions. University and college faculty and private sector officials provide additional expertise on selected topics.
  • The sessions are held at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, California. Social and professional association among participants is an additional aspect of the program series, encouraged through use of recreational facilities at the center.

Purpose and Objectives

  • Bring together promising governmental middle management administrators and professionals.
  • Discuss and exchange diverse viewpoints on government practices and techniques.
  • Clarify shared prejudices and preconceptions about the various sectors of government (city, county, state, federal, special districts), facilitate communication among administrators and develop an understanding of problems encountered by other governmental jurisdictions.
  • Develop concrete management knowledge and skills that have immediate applicability in the workplace. Develop valuable ongoing contacts among program participants to facilitate effective and efficient inter-governmental relations.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationships between the public and private sectors.