In years past IMBA divided the country into large areas called “regions”. These regional lines were largely arbitrary and largely only provided a way for IMBA to organize field staff. IMBA Local aims to make regions more effective and relevant by redefining what a region is and what it means to be a part of a region.
A region, as defined by IMBA Local, is a coalition of organizations who agree to organize either at the state level or regionally. This grassroots approach to organizational structure will provide a more streamlined and effective advocacy strategy for addressing and influencing state-level and/or regional issues and allow for autonomous regional focus.
These regional coalitions will provide a liaison to the IMBA Local Program Manager to be part of an advisory committee charged with providing feedback and recommendations to IMBA leadership.
Organizations who are part of an IMBA Local region and utilizing IMBA’s Membership and Retention services will receive a discount on membership processing fees.
The IMBA Local Program Manager is available to facilitate and assist with regional alignment efforts, including short- and long-term planning, providing communication and regional management tools.
Requirements to be a region under IMBA Local include:
A minimum of six participating organizations must be engaged with IMBA Local at one of the three levels. Additional regional organizational participation can be at the region council’s discretion.
A region will have formal agreement among participating organizations. IMBA will provide a framework for this agreement if needed, but regions are to outline the details of the inner workings of the relationship
Hold quarterly calls/meetings at a minimum (more is recommended)
Establish goals for the region/state
Designate roles within the region leadership and liaison dedicated to IMBA Local Program Manager