Summer 2023 Meeting

We are honored to invite you to join us at the 2023 Summer Meeting in historic Scranton, PA! The Summer Meeting will provide you with ideas that can be implemented right away to serve your constituents well and improve quality of life, while also helping you lead the charge in cutting edge ways that make a difference.

Draft agenda coming soon!

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Meeting topics will include: 

  • Housing Quality & Tenant Protections
  • The Electric City: EV Workforce & Procurement
  • Work that Works: The City’s Role in Improving Job Quality & Access
  • Fiscal Transparency & Community Trust
  • Innovation Showcase


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Registration, logistics and agenda

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

Mayors and representatives: As always, registration is free for member cities. Not sure if you are a member city? Please see this list of current members:

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

Mayors: $375/person
Council members or city staff: $425/person
Learn more about membership here:

Mayor Cognetti would like to encourage local and regional mayors to attend by inviting mayors from Pennsylvania and it’s closest neighbors to apply for a $100 discount toward their registration! You are eligible for this discount if your city is located in any of the following states: DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA. Please indicate this in your registration below.

If you are with a non-governmental organization, such as a non-profit or academic institution, please contact for an invitation.


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Travel & Logistics

Our conference hotel and primary conference venue is the Radisson Lackawanna Station, a historic landmark and former train station. We’ve reserved a hotel block at the special rate of just $98/night. Book using this link by July 10.

“Our historic hotel was originally a train station that opened in 1908, and you can admire many of the original features, from the marble columns to the Tiffany stained-glass ceiling, as you walk through our stately lobby.” – Radisson Lackawanna Station.

The hotel is just a 10-minute drive from the Wilkes-Barre International Airport, the city’s nearest airport. The Radisson operates an airport-hotel shuttle service that operates 7 days a week from 6am – 11pm; you can reach the shuttle at 800-395-7046 or watch here for updated information on conference-specific shuttle support as we get closer to the event. Rental cars are also available at the airport.


You can expect our agenda to be a mix of policy panels, networking events, and city tours that highlight and bring to life the innovative policy and partnerships happening in Scranton, PA.

Our draft agenda will be posted soon, and runs from approximately 6pm on Wednesday, Aug. 9 until approximately 3pm on Friday, Aug. 11. For those looking to stick around and experience more of Scranton, we’re organizing a group trip to a Scranton RailRiders minor league baseball game on Friday night 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.

From our Summer Meeting host…

We are brimming with excitement to host the Mayors Innovation Project 2023 Summer Meeting August 9-11, here in the Electric City of Scranton, PA! 

Since I took office three years ago, we’ve worked to build an innovative city, focusing on creating economic opportunity, valuing diversity and inclusion, and investing in a high quality of life for all our residents. The Summer Meeting will be your opportunity to hear more about some of the great work we’re doing while also learning from our peers from across the country. 

This three-day event will provide you with a combination of in-depth policy, actionable solutions, and a chance to see some of our work up close through city tours and excursions highlighting our city’s rich history in anthracite coal mining, manufacturing, rail transportation, and more (and yes – you’ll recognize landmarks from The Office!). The agenda will include discussions around housing quality, electrifying city fleets, the city’s role in job quality, and fiscal transparency and accountability. 

In addition to the important work of helping cities tackle their biggest challenges, the Summer Meeting will provide you with plenty of fun opportunities to network with mayors from around the country and to take in the city.

As always, registration is free for Mayors Innovation Project member city mayors and staff, though you do not need to be a member city to attend. You can find more information on the meeting, track agenda and speaker updates, and register today at this link.

I look forward to seeing you in August!”

– Mayor Paige Cognetti, Scranton, PA