What we do.

We build + activate cross-sector teams.

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.

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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.

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PEOPLE POWER

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.

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ALL-STAR EVENTS

National meetings, workshops and competitions help members ditch the status quo. Our events offer platforms for idea exchange, solution scaling, networking, debate and education.

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CEOs for Cities Members in National Network
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Cities Represented by Member Network
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National Meeting attendees
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Metros ranked in City Vitals Research

Why join?

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

CEOs for Cities measures six key indicators and benchmarks city performance for the top U.S. metro regions. Where does yours rank?

National Meetings

Imagine it: hundreds of cross-sector leaders gathering to exchange the smartest ideas for making progress happen. We do it once a year.

City Dividends Framework

Can small changes produce big economic dividends? Our framework outlines how cities can realize huge gains via incremental change.

National Network

Our most powerful asset is our community. This network features thought leaders, experts, dreamers and doers you should know.

Power of the Prize

Competition fosters innovation, and our competitions yield real results. Participants implement actual strategies and share the how-to.

Continuing Education

Hands-on workshops, webinars and regular doses of recommended readings keep members sharp on solutions and best practices.
Our Work
City Vitals 3.0

City Vitals 3.0

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2015 City Cluster Workshop

2015 City Cluster Workshop

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2015 National Meeting

2015 National Meeting

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City Dividend Prize Challenge

City Dividend Prize Challenge

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City Clusters

City Clusters

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City Dividends

City Dividends

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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

The Blog

Increasing Economic Equality One City at a Time: Greensboro’s Story

Increasing Economic Equality One City at a Time: Greensboro’s Story

We asked Mayor Nancy Vaughan of Greensboro, NC to speak with us about what Greensboro is doing to become more economically inclusive.   “ Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy Leaders in Greensboro, North Carolina…

My First Week in Cleveland: Adapting to City Living and “Adulthood”

My First Week in Cleveland: Adapting to City Living and “Adulthood”

by Madison VanScoder, City Fellow, CEOs for Cities // No, I am not a Cleveland fan JUST because of Lebron James… At the end of junior year, many students do not know what they want to do with the rest of their life, or even what they want to do next month. This was me…

Harnessing Downtown Development to Strengthen Nearby Neighborhoods

Harnessing Downtown Development to Strengthen Nearby Neighborhoods

A Connected City Lesson from Knoxville By Jay Walljasper // Knoxville is in an enviable position as the home of the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Scripps Networks Interactive (which runs many cable channels) – all of which attract well-educated people and drive…

Universal Design: Why Public Spaces Must be Accessible for All

Universal Design: Why Public Spaces Must be Accessible for All

What is Universal Design? And why do we need it?

To Make Your Community Healthier, Make It Denser

To Make Your Community Healthier, Make It Denser

In the wake of 9/11, author Stephen Johnson wrote in Wired that “density kills” and advocated turning to the decentralized vision of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1939 Broadacre City as a way of protecting Americans in the future. As it turns out, he got it backwards: Density saves lives. The contemporary affinity for higher-density, mixed-use, walkable places in cities and suburbs alike arguably represents the single most significant contribution to public health — for those who can afford them — since World War II.

Neighborhood Building in Memphis: A Strategy of Hope

Neighborhood Building in Memphis: A Strategy of Hope

By Jarrett Spence, J.D. Candidate, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Neighborhood Preservation Clinic  // The Executive Inn For years, one of the very first sights to greet people entering Memphis from our airport was the Executive Inn. This time last year, the hotel – which was owned by an anonymous corporation in…