CEOs For Cities

The City as a Startup

The theme of the 2012 Spring National Meeting of CEOs for Cities is The City As A Startup: Attracting Talent, Taking Risks and Going to Scale. It will be held in Cincinnati beginning at 8:30 AM on May 17 and conclude by 1:30 PM on May 18. For agenda updates and additional details, please visit
You may click here to pre-register now. Full registration information will be available by March 1. A block of rooms has been reserved at The Cincinnatian Hotel at 601 Vine Street for a discounted rate of $188/night. Please call             +1 513 381 3000       and mention CEOs for Cities when you make your reservation. 
Thank you to the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr./US Bank Foundation, Downtown Cincinnati Inc and the leaders of our Cincinnati City Cluster for their generous support.

GOOD Ideas for Cities St. Louis

GOOD Ideas for Cities, a partnership between GOOD and CEOs for Cities with support from ArtPlace, will host its second of five brainstorming events in St. Louis on March 8th. At the event, creative problem solvers will tackle seven urban challenges and present solutions to a live audience including city leaders. Click here for more details about the event. Follow GOOD Ideas for Cities on Twitter at @IdeasforCities.

Education: A Shift Toward Results

There has been a lot of discussion about shifting the responsibility of post-secondary institutions to graduate more students instead of focusing on enrollment. Recently, the state of Tennessee shifted its funding formula to measure outcomes instead of enrollment. President Obama agrees with the approach and mentioned in his State of the Union address in January that he is willing to fund those institutions that can graduate students and prepare them for the workforce. This renewed focus on graduation will encourage institutions of higher learning to think creatively about student preparation. 

Distinctiveness Crucial for Urban Success

No city can be number one at everything, but there is a huge variety of number one rankings for aspiring cities. An article on Atlantic Cities discusses the many cities competing to be the most bicycle friendly. The article suggests that instead of all competing for the same superlative, cities should try to succeed in categories that fit them best. CEOs for Cities' City Vitals recognize that there is no best overall city, so it ranks cities across over twenty different criteria. This allows each city to embrace its distinctive qualities, and to maximize its existing strengths in an effort to be globally competitive. The 2012 update to City Vitals will be presented at the CEOs for Cities Spring National Meeting.

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