Realizing the Promise of Cities
The Mayors Innovation Project meetings provide a forum for mayors and city staff to share best practices. Many of the best policy ideas discussed at MIP meetings— in housing, energy, transportation, economic development—come from our member cities, and are presented by the mayor who led their implementation. Each meeting provides plenty of time for all attendees to share their experiences.
The Mayors Innovation Project helps you connect with mayors and senior staff from around the country, share your successes and lessons learned, and get exposure to cutting edge ideas. You’ll also meet the best and brightest from the private, non-profit and academic sectors. Our meetings provide an off-the-record collegial environment, in which to discuss new ideas.
At each Mayors Innovation Project meeting, we aim to send you back to your city with three to four new policy ideas you can implement immediately. The Mayors Innovation Project connects mayors and staff to technical assistance as you implement policies that benefit your constituents and our country.
The Mayors Innovation Project was founded in 2005 by Madison, Wisconsin mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Joel Rogers, a UW-Madison professor and director of COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy). Participating cities include megalopolises like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York; large cities like Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Milwaukee, and Seattle; and smaller cities like Cincinnati, Des Moines, Portland, and Scranton. More than 100 cities, representing some 33 million Americans, have attended our events. We do not aim to compete with other national organizations of local elected officials. These organizations do important and good work, which we hope to complement by providing an opportunity for a smaller and more intimate discussion of innovative policies we can implement today.
We are governed by a steering committee of a rotating group of mayors and senior level staff. The current Steering Committee members are:
Mayor Stephen Benjamin, Columbia, South Carolina
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Anchorage, Alaska
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana
Mayor Frank Cownie, Des Moines, Iowa
Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville, Massachusetts
Mayor Suzanne Jones, Boulder, Colorado
Ms. Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Government & International Affairs, Cleveland, Ohio
Ms. Alisa O'Hanlon, Federal and Tribal Relations, Government Relations Office, Tacoma, WA
Mayor Marjorie Sloan, Golden, Colorado
Mayor Zach Vruwink, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, Vermont
Dr. Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Dave Cieslewicz, Former Mayor, Madison, Wisconsin
Heidi Davison, Former Mayor, Athens, Georgia
Pegeen Hanrahan, Former Mayor, Gainesville, Florida
Mike Kasperzak, Former Mayor, Mountain View, California
Mark Kleinschmidt, Former Mayor, Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina
David Pope, Former Mayor, Oak Park, Illinois
Former Steering Committee members include Tom Bates (former Mayor of Berkeley, CA); Ralph Becker (former Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT); George Heartwell (former Mayor of Grand Rapids, MI); Mike McGinn (former Mayor of Seattle, WA); Chris Doherty (former Mayor of Scranton, PA); Kitty Piercy (former Mayor of Eugene, OR); Bob Kiss (former Mayor of Burlington, VT); Kip Holden (former Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, LA); Martin Chavez (former Mayor of Albuquerque, NM); Heather Fargo (former Mayor of Sacramento, CA); Rocky Anderson (former Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT); Rosemarie Ives (former Mayor of Redmond, WA); Pete Clavelle (former Mayor of Burlington, VT); and Randy Primas (former COO of Camden, NJ).
MIP receives financial support from our member cities, foundations and generous individual donors. The views expressed and the materials presented here, however, do not necessarily represent our funders' views.