Tag Archives: Mayors

Advancing a New Wave of Urban Competitiveness: The Role of Mayors in the Rise of Innovation Districts

Over the past year, the United States Conference of Mayors and the Brookings Institution, along with the Project for Public Spaces have worked together to capture a new model of growth that is emerging in cities and the particular roles that mayors can play. This handbook offers concrete strategies for mayors and their administrations to facilitate the rise of innovation districts—small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators.... Read more

5 Tips for Mayors Looking to Build Better Public Transit

​A new report from TransitCenter, an NYC-based foundation dedicated to improving transit, outlines what’s worked for mayors and other city officials trying to improve public transportation, and offers advice for other cities that want to follow in their footsteps. While it serves more as a toolbox than a prescriptive guide, here are some of the main takeaways. Read more... Read more

Mayors of Anchorage, Grand Rapids, San Jose, and Washington, D.C., Selected as 2017 Daniel Rose Fellows

The National League of Cities (NLC) and ULI announced that mayors from four U.S. cities—Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San Jose, California; and Washington, D.C.—have been selected as the 2017 class of Daniel Rose fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. Mayors will lead teams from their cities, which will receive technical assistance on a local land use challenge from NLC, ULI, and their peers from the other fellowship cities. The Rose Center’s mission is to... Read more

Property Values Increasingly Depend on Transit—and Mayors

Real estate and transportation are increasingly interconnected. The time may be coming when transportation has a greater effect on real estate than interest rates. A speaker at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai emphasized the importance of city leadership in driving public transit initiatives, which will in turn drive real estate values. Read more... Read more

Mayors and City Planners Ask Presidential Candidates, “What’s Your Plan for America’s Cities?”

​April is American City Quality Month, and city leaders and planners are asking Presidential Candidates, “What’s your plan for America’s cities?” In conjunction with this outreach, the Council has sent a letter to the U.S. Congress, state governors, and state legislators asking the respective leaders to immediately commit to preparing, adopting and implementing the nationwide and regional physical development plans to support economic and social development and environmental protection policies. The commitment is sought as part of the 28th annual,... Read more

Mayors Reach Beyond City Borders to Boost Economic Growth

​ As cities and neighboring towns think more about working together to lure new jobs and new residents, places like Boston and Washington, D.C., are reaching out to suburbs and nearby cities to forge strength in numbers. The hope is that focusing on economic growth for the region — and working together to fix issues like congestion — can generate a bigger bang. Read more... Read more