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.
Glimpse what’s in our Resource Library.

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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.
Get ready to roll up your sleeves.

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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 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 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
Spread The Love In Your City – Indy Style

Spread The Love In Your City – Indy Style

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City Vitals 3.0

City Vitals 3.0

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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

Rebirth of a City Through the Millennial Perspective

Rebirth of a City Through the Millennial Perspective

A little over a decade ago, Tulsa experienced something of a renaissance. I had just moved back to my hometown after living in Costa Rica for a year, and it was clear that the community’s focus had shifted. More exciting was the fact that this change was being led by an energetic group of young leaders who recognized that WE have the ability to shape our lovely metropolitan riverfront community into whatever it is we want. A novel idea began to take hold – “placemaking” (even if we didn’t know what it was at the time) was a participatory activity.

Economic Opportunities through Education (EcO)

Economic Opportunities through Education (EcO)

Creating a Collaborative Regional System of Lifelong Learning by Aligning Educational & Training Offerings with Economic Opportunity by Stephanie Weber, Marketing & Outreach Director, Ec015 Southeast Indiana Regional Demographics Ten counties Mainly rural 300,000 population Population growth rate is relatively flat and will be in the future Nearly one in three people work in advanced…

MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead

MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead

by Micah Mitchell Hines, City Fellow, CEOs for Cities // Who say’s infrastructure isn’t sexy? In Move, best-selling author Rosabeth Moss Kanter* contends that transportation and infrastructure are some of the most critical issues facing Americans. Our infrastructure is shabby and deteriorating. Frankly, it’s an embarrassment. The average American family spends up to 20% of their income…

An All Star Summer in Cincinnati

An All Star Summer in Cincinnati

by David N. Ginsburg, President + CEO, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. // Summer is a wonderful season for re-reading old books and taking long, contemplative walks with my dogs and a good cigar. This past weekend I (re)discovered Comeback Cities by Paul Grogan and Tony Proscio. This seminal book was written in 2000 when we were only…

Growth & Opportunity (Emphasis on the Ampersand)

Growth & Opportunity (Emphasis on the Ampersand)

by Jeff Linton, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Community Relations, Forest City Enterprises, a member of the Fund for Our Economic Future //   A Growth & Opportunity Approach to Economic Development At the Fund for Our Economic Future, you hear a lot about Growth & Opportunity as a driving strategy and a key…

Using Bikes to Bridge Gaps Between Communities and Cultures

Using Bikes to Bridge Gaps Between Communities and Cultures

by Doug Carpenter, Enthusiast, Explore Bike Share // Memphis is a truly unique place. The city has come into itself with the currents of the Mississippi River, washing up a spirit that birthed the home of Blues, Soul and Rock n Roll, combined with a rich cultural history that proved what can happen when citizens…

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