Cities are uniquely positioned to encourage and foster the innovation, creativity, ideas, and solutions needed to solve pressing social and economic issues of the day – as well as meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Yet with increasing needs and diminishing budgets, local governments must find innovative new ways to get work done. That’s where the Mayors Challenge comes in – inspiring mayors and their partners to develop breakthrough solutions to cities’ most urgent concerns.
After successful runs in the United States (2013), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016), the Challenge returned to the U.S. and was reimagined to address the urgent need for American mayors to innovate.
The 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge is part of the American Cities Initiative, a suite of investments that empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.