Mayors from Across U.S. Convene in Chicago to Discuss the Next ‘Big Ideas For Cities’

Chicago, Ill. - Ten local leaders from across the U.S. gathered in Chicago today to speak at "Big Ideas for Cities," an event presented by the National League of Cities and the University of Chicago that featured compelling talks on ideas, initiatives and innovations that can make a dramatic difference to the future of our cities.

Presenting mayors spoke on a wide range of topics, including innovative strategies for closing the achievement gap in education, place-making and economic development, sustainable solutions for cities, inclusive growth, climate adaptation and resilience and eliminating violence-related death among African American men and boys.

Featured presenters included:

  • Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul, Minn.*
  • Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, Utah*
  • Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus, Ohio
  • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Ind.
  • Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Mayor Jean Quan, Oakland, Calif.
  • Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison, Wisc.
  • Mayor Charlie Hales, Portland, Ore.
  • Deputy Mayor Steven Koch, Chicago, Ill.

*NLC Leadership

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