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.
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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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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.
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.
City Vitals Research
City Dividends Framework
Power of the Prize
City Vitals 3.0Research Learn More
City Cluster WorkshopEvents / Network Learn More
National MeetingEvents / Network Learn More
City Dividend Prize ChallengeCompetitions / Frameworks Learn More
City ClustersNetwork 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
By PlusUrbia Design // From the beginning of urbanized America, streets functioned to provide mobility in many ways: People walked to work, trolley, horse-drawn then powered moved workers from factories and offices to home. Trains played a role in commutes. Bicycles incited a pedal power mobility craze for a while. Then the automobile came along.…
by Jared Green, Author, Designed for the Future, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2015) // In Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, I asked 80 leading urban planners, architects, landscape architects, and artists the same question: What gives you hope that a sustainable future is possible? Many of these planning and design…
by Daniel Regan, Vice President, Kanbar Properties // Tulsa is a fortunate city. Fortunate to have a rich history of entrepreneurs and risk takers, of community leaders who learned long ago that sometimes you just have to be willing to take a leap of faith and bet on the bold ideas. This is the foundation on which we…
by Stephen J. Langel, Chief Development Officer, NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology // NewBridge seeks to transform the lives of economically disadvantaged adults and youth in Greater Cleveland. For adults, NewBridge offers free career training programs that prepare graduates for in-demand, market-based careers. For youth, NewBridge provides free, cutting-edge after-school arts programs in…
by Traci Pollard, Brooklyness // Commuting by bike, it seems, would be a no-brainer. It’s great for health and physical fitness, it’s fairly inexpensive and it’s good for the environment. So why don’t we see more of it in our urban centers? Especially in NYC. We are Brooklyness, a boutique bike brand based out…
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.