Big Ideas For Cities

Watch as featured mayors from around the country share the "big ideas" that are driving their communities forward.  These talks were presented live at the Big Ideas for Cities event in Chicago on April 11, 2014, which was co-hosted by the National League of Cities and the University of Chicago.


Chris Coleman

Mayor of Saint Paul, MN

Topic: youth development; education

Ralph Becker

Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT

Topic:  sustainability; transportation

Michael Nutter

Mayor of Philadelphia, PA

Topic:  violence prevention; education


Michael Coleman

Mayor of Columbus, OH

Topic:  sustainability; water

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Mayor of Gary, IN

Topic:  partnerships; civic engagement

Betsy Hodges

Mayor of Minneapolis, MN

Topic:  economic growth; equity

Jean Quan

Mayor of Oakland, CA

Topic:  economic justice

Charlie Hales

Mayor of Portland, OR

Topic:  transportation; planning

Paul Soglin

Mayor of Madison, WI

Topic:  neighborhoods; service delivery

Steve Koch

Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago

Topic: infrastructure, finance

Natalie Vernon

Manager, Social Impact and Civic Innovation, Google

Topic: technology, innovation


Derek R. B Douglas

Vice President, Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

John Flavin

Executive Director, Chicago Innovation Exchange, University of Chicago

Topic: entrepreneurship


Bret Perkins

Vice President, External and Government Affairs, Comcast

Topic: digital divide