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City Innovation Ecosystems

Call for Commitments 2019

At NLC, we recognize that local action is necessary to build an inclusive, innovative American economy. We are dedicated to helping cities, towns and villages thrive in the modern economy.

That's why, for the second year in a row, we're accepting applications to our City Innovation Ecosystems program. In partnership with and support from Schmidt Futures and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the program helps city leaders identify roadblocks to innovation, entrepreneurship and STEM education, and partner with companies, universities, foundations and entrepreneurs to commit to solutions.

The Benefits

In the program’s inaugural year, 50 cities joined the program by making specific and bold commitments. Ranging from rural townships, college towns and major metros, these cities have joined with over 200 local partners and will deploy over $100 million in regional and national resources to support young businesses, leverage technology and expand STEM education and workforce training for all. 

NLC invites local elected officials who are working in partnership with businesses, foundations, colleges and universities, school districts, and/or community-based organizations to strength entrepreneurship, innovation and STEM learning to be part our 2019 call for commitments.

Applications are accepted through October 1st. If you are interested in learning more, contact Scott Andes, program director for City Innovation Ecosystems, at or with further questions.

NLC will release the 2019 cohort at City Summit in San Antonio, November 20-23.