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
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.
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…
We asked Erin Flynn, Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Portland State University to speak with us about what Portland is doing to become more economically inclusive. The Challenge: Historically, Portland has been a predominantly white city with limited racial and ethnic diversity. But the city’s demographics are changing dramatically and business and civic…
By Rick Rybeck, Director, Just Economics // If smart growth is so smart, how come there’s so much dumb growth? Economic incentives for sprawl are partly to blame. If we understand the economic incentives for sprawl, the remedies become clear. Properly applied, these remedies can create jobs, enhance housing affordability and reduce tax burdens. Today, infrastructure…
Asheville traveled pretty far down the same path as most American cities in the 1970s and 80s with a dwindling downtown and booming suburbs. All the boarded up buildings gave rise to a proposal to tear down eleven square blocks downtown and construct a state-of-the-art shopping mall. Plans fell through and the mall was build elsewhere, hurting downtown even more in the short run but setting the state for a remarkable revival.
By Sam Williams, Business City Partnerships // Metro cities are the drivers of our nation’s economy and will contain 80% of the population by 2020. They are complex geographic, social, political and economic regions. With a multitude of local governments, issues such as infrastructure, healthcare and economic development frequently bog down in political standoffs. In…