Summer Meeting 2024: Knoxville, TN!

All Mayors are invited to join us this August for the MIP Summer Meeting in beautiful Knoxville, TN! Hosted in partnership with Mayor Indya Kincannon, the summer meeting is a chance for you to dig into cutting edge city policy in a relaxed, off the cuff setting. As always, we’ll host tours throughout the City and our signature Innovation Showcase!

Draft Agenda

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The agenda will include: 

  • Urban Connectivity and Transformative Placemaking
  • Community Based Violence Prevention
  • Creating an Affordable Housing Ecosystem
  • Climate Engagement & Empowerment
  • City Tours
  • Innovation Showcase!

View the Draft Agenda

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Registration, logistics and agenda

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Registration Details

All US mayors are invited! Other elected local government leaders and staff should confirm with their mayor’s office before registering.

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As always, registration is free for member cities – both mayors and staff/city representatives. Not sure if you are a member city? Click to see a list of current members. Not a member? Joining is easy and our rates are competitive. Learn more about membership here!

You do NOT need to be a member city to attend:

Mayors: $375/person
Council members or city staff: $450/person

Mayor Kincannon invites mayors from Tennessee and its closest neighbors to apply a $100 discount to their registration! You are eligible for this discount if your city is located in any of the following states: AL, AR, KY, GA, MO, NC, SC, and TN. Please indicate this in your registration below and the discount will be automatically calculated.

Our NGO rate is $475.00. If you are with a non-governmental organization, such as a non-profit or academic institution, please contact for an invitation.

The primary way we work with for-profit businesses and other mayors-serving organizations is as sponsors. Interested in sponsoring? Contact to get started!

In the event that you are unable to attend, we are able to refund registration fees for those who notify us by July 25, 2024. After this date this date, while we can no longer refund registration fees, we’d be happy to welcome an alternate attendee.

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Travel & Logistics

Our conference hotel and primary conference venue is the Embassy Suites Downtown Knoxville. We’ve reserved a hotel block at the special rate of $188/night. Book using this link by July 7th.

Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, from the Embassy Suites you’ll have quick easy access to local landmarks and conference sites, and the hotel boasts a spa and rooftop pool and bar, along with complimentary breakfast and evening receptions.

The hotel is just a 20-minute drive from the McGhee Tyson Airport, our recommended flight destination from your city. We are working to arrange shuttle service to/from the airport and will post (and share with registrants) shuttle times and details shortly.



Our Summer meeting includes a mix of policy panels, networking events, and city tours that highlight and bring to life the innovative policy and partnerships happening in Knoxville, TN.

View the draft agenda

Our agenda runs from approximately 6pm on Thursday, Aug. 8 until approximately 2pm on Saturday, Aug. 10. For those looking to stick around and experience more of Knoxville, we are arranging an optional post-conference social event and will have additional information posted here soon about historic landmarks and exciting events that you can add to your itinerary if you’re spending more time in the area.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!



From our Summer Meeting host…

I am so excited to host the Mayors Innovation Project 2024 Summer Meeting August 8-10, in Knoxville, TN!

As I embark on my second term as Mayor, I look forward to continuing to build on the innovative projects that are making Knoxville stand out as a place where people want to live, visit, and do business.

The peer-to-peer learning opportunities over these 3 days in Knoxville will be invaluable. I also look forward to sharing more about the forward- thinking initiatives that are helping us improve public safety and connectivity, create amazing public spaces, and enhance housing opportunities right here in our city.

While you are here, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy some breathtaking views of the Smokies, visit the Sunsphere from the 1982 World’s Fair, check out the University of Tennessee, and enjoy our amazing outdoor and dining opportunities.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the exciting things you can expect to see while in Knoxville:


As always, registration is free for Mayors Innovation Project member city mayors and staff, though you do not need to be a member to attend.

We are honored to be hosting the Summer Meeting and look forward to seeing you in August!


Mayor Indya Kincannon

Knoxville, TN