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

Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Boston, MA, USA

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH, USA

Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH, USA

Columbus, IN

Columbus, IN

Columbus, IN, USA

Dayton, OH

Dayton, OH

Dayton, OH, USA

Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA, USA

Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI, USA

Durham, NC

Durham, NC

Durham, NC, USA

Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Greensboro/High Point, NC

Greensboro/High Point, NC

High Point, NC, USA

Greenville/Greer, SC

Greenville/Greer, SC

Greenville, SC, USA

Hamilton County, IN

Hamilton County, IN

Hamilton County, IN, USA

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Houston, TX, USA

Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, IN, USA

Irving, TX

Irving, TX

Irving, TX, USA

Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, TN, USA

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA, USA

Memphis/Shelby County, TN

Memphis/Shelby County, TN

Memphis, TN, USA

Miami, FL

Miami, FL

Miami, FL, USA

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee, WI, USA

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Quad Cities, IA

Quad Cities, IA

Davenport, IA, USA

Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA, USA

St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, MO

Main St, Jennings, MO 63136, USA

Toledo, OH

Toledo, OH

Toledo, OH, USA

Topeka, KS

Topeka, KS

Topeka, KS, USA

Tulsa, OK

Tulsa, OK

Tulsa, OK, USA

Waco, TX

Waco, TX

Waco, TX, USA

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

Cross-Sector Convenings Recaps

Cleveland Convening

Cleveland Convening

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...

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Durham Convening

Durham Convening

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...

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Stories & Insights

Emerging stories and provocative thought pieces from the field.

THE PROMISE OF DURHAM

THE PROMISE OF DURHAM

The future of America could look a lot like Durham, North Carolina. This mid-sized city’s evolving economic infrastructure may hold key lessons for similarly situated metros and the nation writ large.

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Latest Tweets @FORWARDCITIES

Boston is in a building boom — and wants more diverse construction workers https://t.co/1K2pMSPcND via @BostonomiX

"There are some really strong minority entrepreneurship success stories there. But how do these development projects move forward the rich tradition of black entrepreneurs and minority-owned businesses on the western portion of Jefferson Street?" https://t.co/vxVW3YckJn

The time is now to build an inclusive economy https://t.co/at7oRbxTEa

Are Americans fleeing cities for suburbs? Basic comparisons of population growth rates don’t tell the whole story, and they misrepresent important questions about where people really want to live https://t.co/O1OGMhTccL

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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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