PITTSBURGH, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you aware that today, more than 92 million people in the United States live in communities operated by a council- manager system of local government? In fact, half of the 7,100 U.S. cities and towns with populations of 2,500 or greater use it as well as more than 370 other countries. From Oct. 7-10, thousands of these municipal managers from as far away as Asia will convene at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA for the International City/County Management Association's (ICMA) 93rd Annual Convention. This will be the first time in the organization's history that it will hold its convention in Pittsburgh. And, for many of these visitors, this will be the first time that they'll be visiting the city. Municipal management is a fascinating field that many people don't really know about -- from residents who managers serve to young people entering into government careers. Typically, those interested in government careers are channeled into state or federal government positions and don't really recognize that the municipal management position is available and understand how dynamic it can be. In fact, close to 50 percent of current managers are age 50 or older; and, within a decade, a substantial shortage of managers is expected. To combat this, ICMA has created the "Next Generation Program" -- a nationwide effort to try and identify young people interested in government careers and attract them into the municipal management profession as well as educate them on the benefits of being a municipal manager. To learn more about the role of municipal management as well as the Next Generation Program, please join ICMA on Monday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Rm. 330) for a brief (30 min.) informal "editorial-board-style" session featuring current ICMA President Bill Buchanan, county manager, Sedgwick County, Kan.; Incoming President Ed Daley, city manager, Hopewell, Va.; President-Elect Dave Limardi, city manager, Highland Park, Ill.; and 2007 ICMA Annual Conference Host Committee Co- Chairmen Toby Cordek, town manager, McCandless, Pa.; and Chris Lochner, municipal manager, Hampton Township, Pa. WHO: International City/County Management Association WHAT: 93rd Annual Convention WHEN: Oct. 7-10 (Monday, Oct. 8 - Media Event), 2 p.m., Rm. 330 WHERE: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA WHY: To raise awareness of the municipal management role and the need to attract young people into the profession. More than 3,500 key local government leaders and decision makers and their guests from around the world will convene at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Oct. 7-10, 2007, for the 93rd Annual Conference of ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization. The core membership of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, is comprised of the city, town, and county managers appointed by elected officials to oversee the delivery of essential community services. The decisions made by ICMA's members affect 185 million people in communities throughout the world. The outstanding lineup of keynote session speakers includes: -- Bill Strickland, who turned a near-bankrupt community training center on Pittsburgh's gritty north side into one of the most successful organizations of its kind. -- Daniel Pink, best-selling author and an expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work, who believes that the era of "left brain" dominance is giving way to a new world in which "right brain" qualities-inventiveness, empathy, and meaning-will govern. -- Futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett, whose vast knowledge of economics, demographics, and technology and their implications on the way we live and work astounds audiences around the world. -- Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, who will round out the keynote lineup with a presentation based on her best-selling book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The 93rd ICMA Annual Conference also includes -- Educational sessions developed around five major issue themes that are driving the direction of our communities, including: * 360-degree/3-D leadership * Civic engagement * Managing health care costs * Performance management * Enhancing personal skills and interests. -- Three "career tracks" that focus on issues facing small-community managers; senior executives; and emerging leaders, assistants, and other local government employees. -- Field demos, workshops, marketplace roundtables, Solutions Track sessions, and opportunities to learn from and network with senior local government leaders from some of the most successful communities in the world as well as representatives from dozens of local government- related private-sector firms. Detailed information concerning the conference educational programs can be found at http://icma.org/conference2007 and in the conference final program, which will be distributed to members of the media onsite. About ICMA ICMA is the premier local government leadership and management organization. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional local government management worldwide. Toward this end, ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, provides an information clearinghouse, technical assistance, and training and professional development to more than 9,000 chief appointed administrators, assistant administrators, and other individuals throughout the world.