Our Impact

Our Impact in 2019

In a time of deep political divisions, many look to mayors to be leaders and innovators, while providing essential services. In 2019, we saw cities across the country take bold steps on climate action, immigrant rights, transit, race equity, water affordability, and more. At the helm of these efforts are mayors who lead their cities forward. At the Mayors Innovation Project, we are thankful to have the opportunity to support these mayors. Read on below to learn about our work in 2019 and what to look forward to in 2020.


  • Facilitated our intensive New Mayors Workshop in Columbia, SC, connecting first-term mayors from across the United States.
    This new initiative focused on women mayors and mayors of color, aimed to build their capacity to pursue their agenda.
  • In partnership with Equity Agenda and with the insights of our women-identified members, we secured funding to launch the
    Women Mayors’ Network during our January meeting


  • We released “Reducing Carbon Risk and Investing in Local Economic Strength.” Climate change poses not only environmental
    but financial threats to cities. Our research highlighted how cities can re-invest funds to reduce climate risks and to help
    create new, quality jobs, while attracting “fossil-free” investors.
  • We continued our 5-year project with the Legacy Alliance for Community Health, working with 18 communities in Wisconsin
    to implement Health in All Policies (HiAP) projects. This work, in partnership with the Population Health Institute at UWMadison,
    aims to support the integration of HiAP into local policies.
  • We released four papers that provide city leaders with resources, research, and concrete solutions for strengthening public
    water systems: Basic Water Utility Management; Paying for Water Systems; Actionable Solutions for Public Water Systems;
    and Setting the Agenda: A Mayors’ Guide to Water Affordability.
  • We hosted four webinars designed to help mayors and their city staff learn about innovative local practices regarding state
    pre-emption, utilization of data for public safety, and connecting higher education resources to city needs.
  • We interviewed local policy thought leaders and activists in three distinct U.S. cities on their work to create community
    wealth building opportunities, particularly through land use. Profiles on these three cities as well as best practices and
    recommendations for building community wealth are now available in a new report called “From seed to root: early-stage
    strategies for community wealth building in cities.”


    • Over 160 mayors and senior officials from cities across the country joined us at our events, including our Summer Meeting, held in beautiful Columbia, SC and hosted by Mayor Stephen Benjamin; and at our Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.
    • Our member city of Columbia, SC hosted the Summer 2019 Annual Meeting. Attendees learned about how cities can help improve household financial stability, reduce and prevent violent crime, engage with youth, and leverage Opportunity Zones for sustainability and equity. A highlight of the meeting was a delicious breakfast at Soda City Market, filled with local vendors.
    • At our Winter 2019 Policy Meeting in Washington, DC, attendees learned about women’s health, transportation and climate change, community engagement, and building a diverse and resilient local business community. Thank you to the following 90 cities that joined us at meetings, became members, and engaged with the Mayors Innovation Project network over the past year!

Thank you for joining us in 2019!

Albuquerque, NM*
Alexandria, LA
Anchorage, AK*
Aspen, CO*
Athens-Clarke County*
Atlanta, GA
Augusta, GA
Baton Rouge, LA
Beaverton, OR*
Berkeley, CA*
Blacksburg, VA*
Bloomington, IN*
Boise, ID*
Boston, MA
Boulder, CO*
Boynton Beach, FL
Brockton, MA
Brunson, SC
Burlington, VT*
Cambridge, MA*
Campti, LA
Carlisle, PA*
Carrboro, NC*
Chapel Hill, NC*
Charlotte, NC
College Park, MD*
Columbia, SC*
Conway, SC
Culver City, CA*
Des Moines, IA*
Detroit, MI*

Douglas, MI
Dubuque, IA
Duquesne, PA*
East Point, GA*
Eugene, OR
Fairburn, GA*
Glenarden, MD*
Golden, CO*
Grand Rapids, MI*
Grapevine, TX
Iowa City, IA
Jackson, MI
Jackson, MS
Jersey City, NJ
Kalamazoo, MI
Kankakee, IL*
Lafayette, CO*
Louisville- Jefferson Cty, KY
Madison, WI*
Memphis, TN
Miami Gardens, FL
Miramar, FL
Monessen, PA
Monona, WI*
Montpelier, VT
Mountain View, CA*
Newark, NJ
Newport News, VA
Newton, MA
Niagara Falls, NY

Normal, IL*
Oklahoma City, OK
Portland, OR
Revere, MA
River Forest, IL*
Rochester, NY*
Rock Island, IL
Salisbury, MD*
Salisbury, NC*
San Jose, CA
Somerville, MA*
South Bend, IN*
Spokane, WA
St. Louis Park, MN
St. Louis, MO
Stonecrest, GA
Sumter, SC*
Tacoma, WA*
Takoma Park, MD*
Toledo, OH
Union, SC
Walker, MI*
Washington, DC
Wauwatosa, WI*
West Palm Beach, FL*
West Sacramento, CA
Wilmette, IL
Wisconsin Rapids, WI*
Youngstown, OH

*Member Cities

Looking Ahead

In 2020, we will advance endeavors to better serve our member cities and the diverse group of mayors and cities
across the US:

  • Women Mayors’ Network Kickoff: We are excited to bring to fruition our Women Mayors’ Network at this
    meeting. This network offers space where women mayors can speak candidly, learn from each other, and build
    skills to address the challenges that institutional sexism creates for women in leadership roles
  • New Mayors Cohort: Following a successful pilot last summer, we will expand this project to work with a cohort
    of mayors in the first two years of their mayoral terms. Participants will attend two in-person meetings, designed
    to focus on building skills and tools to successfully implement their agenda, as well as amplifying their network of
    support to include new peers.
  • Water Affordability Workshop for Public Water Utility Leaders: With our partners at The Water Center at
    Penn and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, we will host a highly interactive workshop for public
    water utility leaders in Detroit, MI, April 2-3. The goal of the workshop is to arm utility leaders with resources
    need to help create efficient, affordable, and sustainable water entities that have positive relationships with the
    constituents they serve.
  • Summer 2020 Meeting: Our Summer 2020 Meeting will be hosted by Mayor Victoria Woodards in Tacoma, WA!
    We are excited for what 2020 will bring, and once again – thank you for your support and engagement.