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As mayor, it’s so easy to feel like you’re on an island, to feel like you’re alone. And then you come to CityLab, you interact with other mayors, and you see and hear what they’re doing and it’s like an adrenaline shot. It gives you the energy to go back home and try something different or new.

Randall Woodfin, Mayor Birmingham, Alabama

Every year, Bloomberg Philanthropies hosts CityLab, the preeminent meeting of city leaders and the top minds in urbanism and city planning, economics, education, art, architecture, public- sector innovation, community development, and business. Its goal: is to find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing cities around the world. The 2021 CityLab was held virtually with host cities Bogotá, Freetown, Helsinki, and San Francisco. Past CityLabs have been hosted in New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami, Paris, and Detroit.

CityLab 2022 will be hosted in Amsterdam October 9-11. Hosted in partnership with the  Aspen Institute, CityLab 2022 will bring together some of the world’s most creative mayors, artists, academics, funders, and public- and private-sector leaders focused on improving cities. With Amsterdam as our host, CityLab will be the year’s leading global convening for city leaders to reconnect, reflect, and re-energize as we look ahead toward the future of local government innovation.


Highlights From CityLab 2021

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Top photo: Panelists speak during CityLab, an annual conference on urban innovation in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute, and The Atlantic.