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.

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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

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.

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CEOs for Cities Members in National Network
175
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 Vitals 3.0

City Vitals 3.0

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City Cluster Workshop

City Cluster Workshop

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National Meeting

National Meeting

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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

The Smart City

The Smart City

by Adam Kanter, Masters Student, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University // What is a Smart City? The meaning of the term “Smart City” varies widely, depending on the context. Often the focus falls solely on the technological aspect of the term, but this narrow reading fails to grasp that a true…

Ellen Gilligan

Ellen Gilligan

Ellen Gilligan, President + CEO of The Greater Milwaukee Foundation // You’ve spent your career  in the nonprofit sector. What brought you to this work? It’s in my DNA. I grew up in a family that has a strong commitment to public and community service. My parents demonstrated their commitment through their words and their actions, and they…

Cities and CEOs are Leading on Paid Parental Leave

Cities and CEOs are Leading on Paid Parental Leave

by Keary McCarthy, President and CEO of Innovation Ohio // The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not offer guaranteed, legally protected paid parental leave. Today, only 13 percent of US workers have access to paid family leave, and even more alarming is the reality that only four percent of…

Do Hard Things. Be Accessible.

Do Hard Things. Be Accessible.

by William Murdock, Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission & CEOs for Cities Columbus, Ohio Cluster Member // CEOs for Cities. Indianapolis.  As an advocate of my favorite oft-compared Midwestern neighbor, Columbus and Central Ohio, this was my chance for inspiration with a side of learning how we were keeping up with the Joneses –…

Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL)

Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL)

by Councilman Matt Zone, City of Cleveland // In early December 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the results of a two-year investigation into the Cleveland Division of Police. The findings were shocking: Cleveland police officers regularly violated the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution by engaging in a “pattern or practice of using unreasonable and…

The Case Against Urban Corridors That Act Like High-Speed Highways

The Case Against Urban Corridors That Act Like High-Speed Highways

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.…

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