Summer 2017 Meeting

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See you in Burlington, VT!
Wednesday, August 16 - Friday, August 18
Hosted by Mayor Miro Weinberger



Mayor Weinberger invites Mayors and their staff to join him in Burlington, VT for the Mayors Innovation Project Summer 2017 Meeting! In addition to plenty of in-depth policy discussion, we’ll check out Burlington's award-winning pedestrian marketplace, Waterfront Park on the shores of Lake Champlain, and world renowned cheese, maple products and microbrews.


What should you expect at the Summer Meeting?

Mayors and staff will get a chance to focus deeply on current city issues, engage with Mayors from across the country, and get advice from policy experts. We’ll draw on the innovative work happening in Burlington and see exciting projects in action. Members continue to receive policy support between meetings. Our meetings are informal, collegial, and packed with substance. 


Directly before the Summer Meeting: Calling all city innovation professionals!

Directly before the Summer Meeting, we are hosting our very first City Innovation Professional Forum, Wednesday, August 16, also in Burlington. This forum will provide city innovation professionals (Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Data Officers, Strategy Officers, Performance Management Directors, Chief of Civic Innovation, or others with similar job responsibilities) a chance to network to learn from their peers. Learn more & register here.


Thank you to our generous sponsors:



Note: This is a DRAFT agenda. Times & topics may change.

Before the Summer Meeting:

We are hosting the very first City Innovation Professionals Forum. This daylong forum on August 16, also in Burlington, will provide city innovation professionals (Chief Innovation Officers or others with similar job responsibilities) a chance to network to learn from their peers. Learn more & register here.

Wednesday, August 16

​3:00 - 5:00pm

Steering Committee Meeting

Members only

5:00 - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

Citizen Cider, 316 Pine St, #114, Burlington, VT, 05401



No-host small group dinners

Thursday, August 17

7:30 - 8:30am

Breakfast & Registration

Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

8:30 - 9:00am

Welcome & Introductions

Joel Rogers, COWS

Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT

9:00 - 11:00am

Municipal Responses to the Opiate Epidemic

Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca NY

Brian Lowe, Burlington VT

Josiah Rich, MD, Brown University

11:00 - 11:15am


​11:15am - 12:15pm

Six Months In: Cities under Trump

12:15 - 1:00pm


1:00 - 2:45pm

Land Use & Inequality: What’s the Connection?

Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, VT

Ben Winter, Los Angeles CA

2:45 - 3:00pm


3:00 - 5:00pm


Choose one of the following:

  1. Tour of the wood-burning McNeil Generating Station
  2. Lake Champlain waterfront by bike
  3. Burlington’s historic district on foot

6:00 - 7:00pm


Echo Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401

7:00 - 9:00pm

Dinner & Keynote

Friday, August 18

8:00 - 9:00am


Burlington City Hall, 149 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

​9:00 - 11:00am

21st Century Policing

Chuck Wexler, Police Executive Research Forum

Chief Brandon del Pozo, Burlington VT

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo OH

​11:00 - 12:30pm

Walking Tour on Church St & Lunch

​12:30 - 2:00pm

Net Zero Cities

Neale Lunderville, Burlington Electric

Mayor Wade Troxell, Fort Collins CO

Steve Nicholas, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Mayor R. Rex Paris, Lancaster CA*

2:00 - 3:00pm

Innovation Showcase

3:00 - 3:30pm


3:30 - 4:30pm

Steering Committee Meeting

Members only


Optional: Vermont Lake Monsters baseball game

Summer Meeting attendees will receive free tickets to watch Burlington’s minor league team take on the Lowell Spinners! Sign-up at the registration table upon arrival at the Summer Meeting, or reserve your tickets here.

Saturday, August 19

​9am - 12pm

Optional: Bike tour onto Lake Champlain Cause Way

Mayor Weinberger and his wife, Stacy, have graciously offered to lead a Saturday morning tour down to the end of Burlington’s bike path and onto the scenic Lake Champlain Cause Way – a flat and leisurely 20-mile round trip ride. Use one of the complimentary Hotel Vermont bikes (available first-come first-serve) for hotel guests. If you’re not staying at Hotel Vermont and need a bike – don’t worry! Let us know and we’ll work it out. Sign-up at the registration table upon arrival at the Summer Meeting, or reserve your spot here.


Registration Cost

Member cities: FREE unlimited registrations!

Non-member cities: $300/person

Non-profits/Academic: $400/person

For-profit/prospective sponsors: Contact us to learn more about sponsorship.


We invite Mayors, other local elected executive-branch leaders, and their senior staff to attend our meetings from the US and Canada only. Other elected local government leaders and staff should contact their executive and/or us for an invitation. Registration covers the cost of materials and meals. View our refund cancellation policy here.  If you're with an NGO or a business interested in presenting at or sponsoring a meeting, learn more here or contact us


Attendees are responsible for their own hotel costs and reservations. A limited number of rooms are available in our room block at the Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05401 at a rate of $209/night for the nights of 8/15, 8/16, or 8/17 and $229/night for the night of 8/18. Please contact Emily Miota to book or learn more. All meeting activities will either be within short walking distance of the hotels (10 minutes or less) or transportation will be provided to any outings.


Getting to Burlington

Attendees should arrange their own travel. Burlington International Airport (BTV) is 4 miles from downtown. Options for ground transportation include:


Dress & Weather

Dress for the Summer Meeting is business casual, with an emphasis on casual. Temperatures in August in Burlington average in the 60s & 70s. Please dress comfortably for the weather. There will also be the option to pick between a few short walking and biking tours – please wear comfortable shoes and prepare accordingly for all weather events. Please let us know if you have any mobility needs.
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