Cities are economic engines powering our nation. Yet every city has work to do. CEOs for Cities is a member-supported nonprofit that connects urban leaders, across sectors, generations and the country. We help build and activate teams – deadset on making timely, meaningful progress in their cities – with research, events and a national network of changemakers.
What we do.
We build + activate cross-sector teams.
RESEARCH + METRICS
Leaders use CEOs for Cities’ research to benchmark city performance and our frameworks to realize gains from incremental change. Big data isn’t a buzzword. It’s vital to city success.
Our network is hundreds-strong with cross-sector thought leaders and practitioners around the country. Members build hometown teams to collaborate and compete with fellow cities.
National meetings, workshops and competitions help members ditch the status quo. Our events offer platforms for idea exchange, solution scaling, networking, debate and education.
You are the new CEO.
Leadership isn’t born of elections or corner offices. The leaders we bring to the table are driven by passion and the unshakable urge to turn communities’ challenges into opportunities. That’s what we call a CEO. We’re planners, council members, college presidents, bloggers, entrepreneurs, business executives, social advocates, coders, mayors and architects from cities around the country. What kind of CEO are you?
You’re not the type to wait around for someone else to address your community’s issues. But you can’t do it all on your own. CEOs for Cities helps build and activate cross-sector teams (we call them City Clusters) in cities, like yours, to make real progress happen. Consider it an all-star team. You don’t get a uniform. But you do get these tools to get in the game.
City Vitals Research
City Dividends Framework
Power of the Prize
City Vitals 3.0Research Learn More
2015 City Cluster WorkshopEvents / Network Learn More
2015 National MeetingEvents / Network Learn More
City Dividend Prize ChallengeCompetitions / Frameworks Learn More
City ClustersFrameworks / Network Learn More
City DividendsFrameworks / Research Learn More
“Knowledge is more valuable than ever, and that has increased the value of learning from people in other cities.”Ed Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City, and Global Advisory Council member, CEOs for Cities
“To maintain their edge, U.S. cities will need […] to connect with one another.”Urban America: US Cities in the Global Economy, McKinsey Global Institute
“Tear down walls. Build bridges. Light fires.”Steve Jobs, Apple
BECOME A CEO IN YOUR CITY TODAY.
All members receive one year of unlimited access to our national network, unique city success resource library, city communications, webinars, data and research publications. Plus: FREE registration to our renowned National Meeting.
City news, trends + research highlights
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