Formed in 1980 and located in Houston, IFMA, also known as the International Facility Management Association, is one of the world s largest international associations for professionals and facility managers. It represents more than 18,000 members in over 55 countries. The association s facilities include Internet cafes, health clinics and recreational areas. IFMA publishes emergency preparedness- and disaster recovery-related journals and articles. The association conducts researches and surveys on benchmarking statistics and workplace trends. It operates an online store that offers various types of books and reports. IFMA organizes conferences on issues related to career development, networking and education. The International Facility Management Association offers a variety of online learning courses related to finance, real estate and project management.