Big Ideas


About the Series

Since 2014, the National League of Cities' BIG IDEAS series has featured cities and businesses that are using "big ideas" to drive communities forward. The series has quickly become an ideal platform for leaders to share their success stories and describe, in detail, the steps they have taken to make their communities better.

About the Format

Big Ideas for Cities
Leaders are invited to share the best practices and innovative solutions moving their cities forward. The series is filmed year-round and open to individuals from all sectors - public, private and nonprofit. Talks are filmed at NLC's studio in our new building on North Capitol Street in Washington, D.C.

Big Ideas for Small Cities
Small city officials deliver TEDx-style talks to share their big ideas at our annual City Summit event each fall.

Big Ideas for Small Business
The City Solutions and Applied Research Center provides resources to help local government and small businesses work together to promote community growth and development.

How to Submit

Click here to submit a proposal for Big Ideas for Cities. We are accepting applications from city leaders, as well as business and non-profit industry professionals. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring Big Ideas? Click here to download the sponsorship prospectus.