Accelerating Economic Growth
& Shared Prosperity

A National Network of Cities
Committed to Inclusive Innovation

Forward Cities is a national learning network of cities committed to advancing inclusive innovation and economic development in their communities.

Member Cities

Title Address Description
Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX, USALearn More
Boston, MA
Boston, MA, USALearn More
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati, OH, USALearn More
Columbus, OH
Columbus, OH, USALearn More
Columbus, IN
Columbus, IN, USALearn More
Dayton, OH
Dayton, OH, USALearn More
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA, USALearn More
Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI, USALearn More
Durham, NC
Durham, NC, USALearn More
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, USALearn More
Greensboro/High Point, NC
High Point, NC, USALearn More
Greenville/Greer, SC
Greenville, SC, USALearn More
Hamilton County, IN
Hamilton County, IN, USALearn More
Houston, TX
Houston, TX, USALearn More
Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis, IN, USALearn More
Irving, TX
Irving, TX, USALearn More
Knoxville, TN
Knoxville, TN, USALearn More
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA, USALearn More
Memphis/Shelby County, TN
Memphis, TN, USALearn More
Miami, FL
Miami, FL, USALearn More
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee, WI, USALearn More
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ, USALearn More
Quad Cities, IA
Davenport, IA, USALearn More
Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, USALearn More
St. Louis, MO
Main St, Jennings, MO 63136, USALearn More
Toledo, OH
Toledo, OH, USALearn More
Topeka, KS
Topeka, KS, USALearn More
Tulsa, OK
Tulsa, OK, USALearn More
Waco, TX
Waco, TX, USALearn More

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Member City Benefits


Connect with peers from more than 30 member cities similarly committed to driving economic growth and shared prosperity.
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Through our national conferences, continuing education opportunities, toolkits, case studies, and stories from the field we strive to keep you on the leading edge of innovative practice.
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This is hard work and you’re not on your own. Through our capacity building efforts, partnerships, and tested methods, we walk alongside our member cities to answer questions, be a resource, and help put ideas into action.
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1+1 = 3. That’s our approach to everything. We are in this together and constantly connect dots across our network to increase opportunities for shared learning and collaboration.
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Inclusive innovation means that everyone can and should participate in the new economy. Defining outcomes, agreeing on strategies to achieve them, measuring the results, and learning from the process is what we our community is all about.
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Cross-Sector Convenings

Stories & Insights

Emerging stories and provocative thought pieces from the field.

Two Americas, One Path Forward

Two Americas, One Path Forward

In 1963, during what is arguably his most well-known speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. imagined a time when Blacks in America would be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin. The events of the past days in this country have many of...

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Trovo Co. Finds CO.STARTERS

Trovo Co. Finds CO.STARTERS

Editor’s note: This article is part of a larger series called Solution Stories, which illuminates how Forward Cities is helping to guide in cities across the country. For background on the specific approach taken in communities like New Kensington, please visit the...

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Engage Further

Deepen your commitment to place-based inclusive innovation by becoming part of the Forward Cities member network and checking out our Community Innovation Accelerator.

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