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What Mayors Need to Know Now

March 17, 2020
With the flood of information available, we provide our curated list of the best resources for mayors. Read More

From Seed to Root

Early-Stage Strategies for Community Wealth Building

February 5, 2020
The U.S. is among the most unequal societies in the world. To address these inequalities, city leaders, including mayors, should play a critical role in community wealth building. Read More

New Mayors Cohort 2020

January 28, 2020
Grounded in our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, and economic status, this cohort will help mayors in their first term build capacity and enact their agendas while... Read More

Summer 2020 Annual Meeting

August 20 - 22, Tacoma, WA

January 21, 2020
Hosted by Mayor Woodards, mark your calendars for the Summer 2020 Annual Meeting, Thursday, August 20 - Saturday, August 22! More information coming soon.

A Public Water Utility Workshop on Affordability

April 2 - 3, 2020, Detroit, MI

December 19, 2019
This workshop, by invitation only, will bring together water utility leaders across the Great Lakes region. The goal of the workshop is to arm utility leaders with everything they need to create more efficient, affordable, and sustainable water entities that have positive relationships with the constituents they serve. 


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Setting the Agenda

A Mayors' Guide to Water Affordability

December 4, 2019
Aging water infrastructure systems, climate change, and the general rising cost of urban living mean that access to clean and affordable water is becoming a greater challenge. ... Read More

Actionable Solutions for Public Water

November 21, 2019
From climate change to outdated infrastructure to lack of federal support, city leaders face more pressure than ever to provide affordable and safe water to residents. Mayors and city leaders... Read More

Women Mayors’ Network

Kickoff at the Winter 2020 Policy Meeting in DC

November 21, 2019
We are thrilled to announce the Women Mayors' Network kickoff meeting! This inaugural event will take place during our Winter 2020 Policy Meeting in Washington, DC. We are excited... Read More

Winter 2020 Policy Meeting

October 24, 2019
We invite all mayors to join us at the Winter 2020 Policy Meeting, January 24 - 25 in Washington, DC!
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Member City Spotlight

Imagine a Day without Water

October 23, 2019
In honor of Imagine a Day without Water - a day of education and advocacy about the value of water - we are excited to launch our new series: "... Read More

Webinar: The Data-Driven Fire Department

Wednesday, May 15, 1 - 2pm CST

April 30, 2019
Mayors rely on public safety data to make critical and timely decisions about fire operations and law enforcement operational capability.  How do we capture these data and use... Read More

Defense Against the Dark Arts

What Preemption Is & What Cities Can Do To Address It

January 22, 2019
What is preemption, how does it affect cities, and what can we do about it? A comprehensive preemption strategy is critical for progressive city leadership everywhere.  Register to... Read More

Leading with Transit

November 8, 2018
How can city leadership on transit create more equitable, sustainable, and economically vibrant cities? Our latest brief, Leading on Transit, describes how cities around the country are leading on... Read More

Modernizing Mitigation

A Demand-Centered Approach to Reducing Car Travel

October 22, 2018
This new report from the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) and Mayors Innovation Project provides technical guidance on how traditional transportation demand management (TDM) has evolved and how cities can... Read More

Private Capital for Green Infrastructure

Webinar: September 27, 1 – 2pm EST

August 19, 2018
Communities continue to face significant challenges when it comes to managing urban stormwater - one of those being funding. Register to learn more about green infrastructure funding strategies that... Read More

Winter 2019 Meeting

Friday, January 25 - Saturday, January 26

August 17, 2018
Save the dates for the Winter 2019 Policy Meeting in Washington, DC. This 2-day event (directly after the US Conference of Mayors Meeting) will give mayors and senior staff the opportunity to learn from and with peers across the country on key issues facing cities today.
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Building Immigrant-friendly Cities

A Guide for City Leaders

May 10, 2018
As the federal government takes an increasingly hostile stance toward immigrants, cities play an increasingly important role. There are many actions that cities can take to support immigrant populations. Read More

Join us: Advancing Racial Equity

Wed, March 7, 2018

February 16, 2018
The transformation of government is essential to advance racial equity and is critical to our success as a nation. Please join us for a workshop in Appleton, WI to ... Read More

Behavioral Science Cohort

January 29, 2018
We’re kicking off the second year of our partnership with Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group this Spring, using behavioral science to achieve city goals and address city... Read More

Investing In The Age of Climate Change

Webinar: Tue, Sep 12, 2017 12 - 1pm CDT

August 30, 2017
Climate-related financial risk presents unique legal challenges and opportunities, and the rapidly evolving political, regulatory and economic landscape elevates the importance of climate change as a potentially material investment risk.... Read More

Preserving Local Control

August 3, 2017

Across America, efforts to enact to enact local laws on a range of issues are the focus of a growing trend: they are being preempted by state legislation that undermines local democracy. Learn more about what cities can do to counteract this trend.


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We’re Hiring!

Apply by July 3rd to ensure consideration.

May 17, 2017
We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our team and help provide high quality policy and program information to cities across the country.   Read More

Summer 2017 Meeting

Hosted by Mayor Weinberger

February 13, 2017
Join us Wednesday, August 16 - Friday, August 18 in beautiful Burlington, VT for the Summer 2017 Meeting! 


Learn more & register here.

Immigration Enforcement

Resources for Sanctuary Cities and Beyond

February 3, 2017
As federal threats loom against sanctuary cities, there are many legal and policy-based tools cities can utilize to minimize their participation in immigration law enforcement. Our latest webpage provides resources, tools and examples to support local communities. 
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Fostering Resilience

Leading on Sustainable Water Solutions

August 11, 2016
Join us in October to learn how integrated, innovative solutions can build a resilient water future and more livable cities.
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2016 Summer Meeting

June 15, 2016
Hosted by Mayor Tom Bates, the 2016 Summer Meeting will be in beautiful Berkeley, CA, August 25-27.
More information.
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Integrated Water Management

A Guide for City Leaders

June 15, 2016
Creating a healthy, livable, and equitable city must include a commitment to effective water management. Yet, many cities are burdened either by lack of funds or challenges in quality and... Read More

A Pittsburgh that Works for Working People

May 23, 2016
As Pittsburgh residents worry about high housing costs, median income has stagnated, and racial disparities persist. The good news is that there are meaningful steps the Mayor and City Council... Read More

Local Control Workshop

December 6 - 7, 2015 in Washington, DC

October 16, 2015
Across America, efforts to enact new city and county health, safety, workplace and environmental ordinances are the focus of a growing trend: they are being preempted by state legislation that undermines local democracy. 
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2016 Winter Meeting

January 22 - 23, 2016 in Washington, DC

August 27, 2015
View presentations and resources from our Winter Meeting.
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A District That Works

Policies to Promote Equity and Job Quality in our Nation's Capital

July 22, 2015
The District of Columbia is going through a period of great transformation. While it has successfully strengthened its fiscal health and its economy and population have grown, its prosperity... Read More

Summer Meeting in Des Moines

Thursday, August 13 - Saturday, August 15

March 25, 2015
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Des Moines! 


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Urban Parking

Rational Policy Approaches for Cities and Towns

March 18, 2015
Through rational parking policies, cities can manage existing parking supplies, reduce traffic, cut pollution, lower housing costs, encourage sensible development, and improve vitality. This report offers guidance in... Read More

Winter 2015 Meeting

Thank you for joining us!

November 4, 2014
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2015 Winter Meeting! Topics included integrating climate resilience into city decisions; sustainable street design; the sharing economy; and opiate addiction.  Click below to learn more.


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Building Livable Communities

A Leadership Forum

October 21, 2014
Co-hosted by the city of Burlington and AARP, the event brought together elected officials and staff from New England and New York State communities to forge innovative approaches to creating great places to live that sustain economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents – of all ages. 


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Workshop: State Preemption of Local Authority

Understanding the Trend and Strategies for Action

September 29, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, Austin, TX -- State governments have increasingly taken it upon themselves to overrule local ordinances and actions on a variety of labor, health, safety and environmental issues. Join us to discuss this growing trend of state preemption.
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Boston Carbon Risk Forum 2014

August 8, 2014
The Carbon Risk Forum, Monday, September 29, will bring together city and state government leaders, financial professionals, and leaders of organizations concerned about carbon risk in their investments. We hope you will join us for an in-depth examination of the issues and a discussion of what institutions can do to lower their carbon risk. 

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A Boston That Works

Recommendations for building good jobs and strong communities

July 11, 2014
Nearly one in four Boston families lives in poverty and incomes in the Greater Boston area are more unequally distributed than in the vast majority of other metro... Read More

Summer 2014 Meeting

August 20 - 22, Chapel, NC

July 3, 2014
This summer we'll be in beautiful Chapel Hill, NC, talking about retrofitting the suburbs, creative civic engagement, town/higher education partnerships, affordable housing, and fostering entrepreneurship. We hope you will join us!


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Urban Freight Transportation

Low Cost Measures to Reduce Negative Impacts

May 2, 2014
Freight transportation is a critical element of both our national and local economies. Yet, it creates a number of challenges. The strategies in this report can help cities meet... Read More

Local Food and Economic Development

A Guide for Local Governments

April 15, 2014
Nationally, the trend is toward local food, and cities should take advantage of this. This report highlights the opportunity for cities to increase local economic activity, create... Read More

Winter 2014 Meeting

January 24 - 25, 2014 / Washington, DC

February 26, 2014

Our 10th Winter Meeting may have been the best yet! We covered timely policy topics, including the educational achievement gap, poverty, and energy efficiency. We also discussed how to work with allies outside city hall and heard from Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray and US DOT Dep. Secretary Victor Mendez.


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Re-Thinking the Urban Freeway

Options for Rebuilding, Replacing, Altering or Otherwise Addressing Aging Freeways

February 26, 2014
Cities have the opportunity to rethink urban freeways to address environmental, economic and social justice issues. This paper provides solutions to help mitigate negative freeway impacts and secure... Read More

Divestment from Fossil Fuels

A Guide for City Officials and Activists

February 26, 2014
Climate change represents the single greatest long-term threat to our cities and citizens. The health, wealth, infrastructure and ability to maintain basic services of cities will increasingly be degraded as... Read More

Cities at Work

Progressive Local Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class

February 6, 2014
This report offers practical ways elected officials and advocates can move their communities onto the “high road” of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. Read More

Local Living Wage Ordinances

Experience, Evidence and Best Practices

November 19, 2013
Living wage ordinances are enacted by local governments to raise job standards for workers at firms that do business with a city or county, or that benefit from ... Read More

Promoting Access to Healthy Local Food

A Guide for Local Governments

October 22, 2012
Within cities, residents face stark disparities in their access to fresh, healthy produce, with low-income communities often the most affected by this limited access. This report highlights a... Read More