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.
What we do.
We build + activate cross-sector teams.
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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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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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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.
City Vitals Research
City Dividends Framework
Power of the Prize
An Integrated Approach: Aligning sectors to attack povertyEvents / Webinars Learn More
September Webinar – Weinland Park: Building systemic neighborhood changeEvents / Webinars Learn More
Healthiest Cities & Counties ChallengeCompetitions Learn More
City Vitals 3.0Research Learn More
City Cluster WorkshopEvents / Network Learn More
National MeetingEvents / Network 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
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City news, trends + research highlights
Carol Evans, Executive Director, Legacy Parks Foundation // What is your advice for the next generation of city changemakers? The best advice I can give to the next generation is to listen in many different ways. So many people are passionate and have great ideas. It is extremely important to give these talented people a voice…
Cross-posted from Regional Growth Strategies blog. By Pete Carlson, President, Regional Growth Strategies // Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a day with local economic development leaders from across the country to explore the role of economic development organizations (EDOs) in achieving more inclusive growth. The strong interest in the meeting suggest that a lot…
By Daniel Drees, Cleveland Foundation Summer City Fellow, CEOs for Cities // Jeff Speck’s book, Walkable City, might have been published in 2012, but his ideas are still revolutionizing American cities. It’s not written for the car-dependant urban dweller. If you are adamant about continuing your white-knuckled commute, then you will not be friends with…
Tanisha Robinson, Founder + CEO, Print Syndicate // How did Print Syndicate get started? I grew up in a small town in Missouri, in a large Mormon family. I didn’t really fit in. In high school, with the launch of AOL chatrooms, I was able to find other odd kids like me and a place to belong.…
TEDx at Cleveland State University on 7/20/16 Listen to Lee Fisher speak at 26:06 – 32:17
By: Lee Fisher, Senior Advisor, CEOs for Cities | @fisher4cities My father-in-law, the legendary West Side Cleveland City Councilman Michael J. Zone was a prisoner of war in WWII. Less than 60 days after he and Mary Zone (who served in Cleveland City Council after Mike died) were married, Mike enlisted in the army; and…