What we do.

We build + activate cross-sector teams.

CEOs for Cities is a national city-learning network. We curate smart ideas + benchmark city success through our City Vitals. We connect cross-sector leaders through our network of City Clusters. We catalyze collaborative change through our City Dividends. We accelerate progress through our Prize Challenges.

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

CEOs for Cities has grown the only national, cross-sector network that connects city leaders + changemakers, and shares research, smart ideas + best practices for economic success.
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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.
Get ready to roll up your sleeves.

600+
CEOs for Cities Members in National Network
75
Cities Represented by Member Network
418
National Meeting attendees
130
Metros ranked in City Vitals Research

Why join?

You are the new CEO.

City changemakers are the new CEOs. Leadership isn’t born of elections or corner offices. We’re cross-sector leaders — regardless of title — who love our cities and don’t wait for others to lead. 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 on your own. CEOs for Cities builds cross-sector teams (we call them City Clusters) 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.

MEMBER BENEFITS

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 twice 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 Cluster Workshop

City Cluster Workshop

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City Clusters

City Clusters

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An Integrated Approach: Aligning sectors to attack poverty

An Integrated Approach: Aligning sectors to attack poverty

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September Webinar – Weinland Park: Building systemic neighborhood change

September Webinar – Weinland Park: Building systemic neighborhood change

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Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

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City Vitals 3.0

City Vitals 3.0

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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

January Change Maker: Javier A. Soto

January Change Maker: Javier A. Soto

Javier A. Soto, President & CEO, The Miami Foundation //  What do you see as the greatest policy issues that Miami must address in 2017? In 2017, significant attention will be paid to transit issues. Explosive growth has impacted the ability to move in the city. Equally important, but a longer-term issue that Miami is facing…

Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns

Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns

By John A. Begala // For all the forces that conspire to separate and divide “big city” and “small town,” and all that is written about Ohio as a microcosm of the nation’s “culture wars,” Ohio’s small hub towns share many of the same characteristics and challenges as the state’s eight major cities.  In a…

Improving City Engagement With Gamification

Improving City Engagement With Gamification

Your city has started making progress to become smarter, but now what? Making the strides to move your city forward is already a large task but once that is done, the next challenge begins — finding ways to engage businesses and your citizens. Gamification is a relatively new term. Per the always trusted Merriam-Webster dictionary,…

December Change Makers: Pittsburgh Cluster

December Change Makers: Pittsburgh Cluster

All year we have profiled leaders who work tirelessly to make their cities more beautiful, successful, and inclusive. To close out 2016, we are featuring an entire city, rather than a single person – the gritty, tough, and fabulous Pittsburgh. Though we wish we could have profiled every person we have the privilege to work with…

Making Your City Smarter Isn’t as Hard as You Think

Making Your City Smarter Isn’t as Hard as You Think

Smart city is the new buzzword when it comes to urban development. Cities around the world are looking at ways to transform into the next technologically advanced city. As was discussed in a previous blog, more people are moving into cities again and those people want information. And who can blame them? Our society now can…

November Change Maker: Denise Reid

November Change Maker: Denise Reid

Denise Reid, Executive Director, Mosaic and Workforce, Tulsa Regional Chamber // “Always raise your hand, and raise your voice. Even if your voice shakes and you’re scared, raise your hand and use your voice. Be true to yourself.” What’s your advice for the next generation of city change makers? Be very intentional in understanding the…

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