Accelerating Economic Growth
& Shared Prosperity
A National Network of Cities
Committed to Inclusive Innovation
Forward Cities is a national learning network of cities committed to advancing inclusive innovation and economic development in their communities.
Member City Benefits
Cross-Sector Convenings Recaps
Following two years of intensive planning, sharing and relationship building across and between our participating cities, the Forward Cities effort culminated in a fourth and final convening in Cleveland June 14-17. There was an air of celebration and sense of...read more
The third and penultimate Forward Cities convening was held in Durham December 8-11, 2015, and this time our leaders dug deeper into the initiative's goals than ever before, past the initial getting-to-know-you phase in New Orleans and the best-foot-forward atmosphere...read more
Stories & Insights
Emerging stories and provocative thought pieces from the field.
Written by Christopher Gergen, CEO of Forward Cities: This June, 220 city and community leaders from 25 cities came to Durham, NC for a conversation about inclusive innovation and economic development. It marked an important moment. It was the first national...read more
This is an interview with Willie Baptist, our coordinator for Poverty Scholarship and Leadership Development. Willie is a veteran of 50 years of poor people’s struggles for dignity and survival, from the Watts uprising to the National Union of the Homeless to the...read more