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 Cities

Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX, USA
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Boston, MA

Boston, MA
Boston, MA, USA
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Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH
Columbus, OH, USA
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Columbus, IN

Columbus, IN
Columbus, IN, USA
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Dayton, OH

Dayton, OH
Dayton, OH, USA
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Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA, USA
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Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI, USA
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Durham, NC

Durham, NC
Durham, NC, USA
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Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
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Greensboro/High Point, NC

Greensboro/High Point, NC
High Point, NC, USA
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Greenville/Greer, SC

Greenville/Greer, SC
Greenville, SC, USA
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Hamilton County, IN

Hamilton County, IN
Hamilton County, IN, USA
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Houston, TX

Houston, TX
Houston, TX, USA
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Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis, IN, USA
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Irving, TX

Irving, TX
Irving, TX, USA
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Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, TN
Knoxville, TN, USA
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New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA, USA
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Memphis/Shelby County, TN

Memphis/Shelby County, TN
Memphis, TN, USA
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Miami, FL

Miami, FL
Miami, FL, USA
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Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee, WI, USA
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Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Quad Cities, IA

Quad Cities, IA
Davenport, IA, USA
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Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, USA
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St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, MO
Main St, Jennings, MO 63136, USA
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Toledo, OH

Toledo, OH
Toledo, OH, USA
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Topeka, KS

Topeka, KS
Topeka, KS, USA
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Tulsa, OK

Tulsa, OK
Tulsa, OK, USA
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Waco, TX

Waco, TX
Waco, TX, USA
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North Carolina Partner

Member City Benefits

Connections

Connect with peers from more than 30 member cities similarly committed to driving economic growth and shared prosperity.
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Learning

Through our national conferences, continuing education opportunities, toolkits, case studies, and stories from the field we strive to keep you on the leading edge of innovative practice.
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Support

This is hard work and you’re not on your own. Through our capacity building efforts, partnerships, and tested methods, we walk alongside our member cities to answer questions, be a resource, and help put ideas into action.
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Collaboration

1+1 = 3. That’s our approach to everything. We are in this together and constantly connect dots across our network to increase opportunities for shared learning and collaboration.
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Impact

Inclusive innovation means that everyone can and should participate in the new economy. Defining outcomes, agreeing on strategies to achieve them, measuring the results, and learning from the process is what we our community is all about.
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Cross-Sector Convenings

Stories & Insights

Emerging stories and provocative thought pieces from the field.

Article Roundup: December 5

Article Roundup: December 5

Our team is always looking for ways to highlight the great work happening around the country. Every day, our communities face new challenges that are met head-on by leaders and entrepreneurs aiming to make a difference. Their work inspires ours! Here is a selection of...

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Engage Further

Deepen your commitment to place-based inclusive innovation by becoming part of the Forward Cities member network and checking out our Community Innovation Accelerator.

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