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

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.

After the election: Agitate, Educate, Organize

After the election: Agitate, Educate, Organize

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...

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Latest Tweets @FORWARDCITIES

We have an eviction crisis in NC. Here’s what we can do. https://t.co/9H6XUdL4oV

We're thrilled to share that New Growth Innovation Network (NGIN) will be hosting their kick-off conference in conjunction with our Fall Convening. NGIN is a new network of economic development leaders committed to innovating and influencing their field. https://t.co/LiMtfyIHoM

Foundations and Nonprofit Offer Support to Entrepreneurs of Color https://t.co/cgUyoHhEV3

SOLUTIONS. We have an eviction crisis in North Carolina. What we can do about it. By Christopher Gergen and @Mayer_at_Duke. https://t.co/YVvRvAmx9y @DukeSanford @ForwardCities #ncpol #ncgov #ReadLocal

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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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