With cities at a tipping point, the tenth CityLab from October 18-20 will bring together more than 500 mayors, policy makers, urban innovators, business leaders, cultural experts, and creators to share and explore scalable solutions.

Distinguished first speakers and participants include Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Vishan Chakrabarty, Dashner Keltner, Mitch Landrieu, Matthew Thompson, and mayors from hundreds of cities around the world.

New York, New York and Washington, D.C. – The 10th Bloomberg CityLab Summit, the preeminent global cities summit organized by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the Aspen Institute, will be held in Washington, D.C. from October 18-20, 2023.

Cities, at a tipping point, are facing an era of increasingly intractable issues – from leading their societies through rapid urbanization, to confronting emerging technologies, to reinvigorating economic development, to solving the problem of housing affordability. Set against the historic backdrop of Washington, D.C., Bloomberg CityLab 2023 will bring together more than 500 mayors, urban leaders, and civic leaders, from policymakers to innovators. Together, they will share and explore new ideas and urban interventions that are stress-tested today and will influence the future of cities – where more than half of the world’s population lives.

Drawing on a decade of data, experiences, and initiatives pioneered by city leaders from around the world, the programs will include panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, interactive breakout sessions, art performances, and trips to unique destinations across Washington, D.C. and Washington. Key events for mayors and local officials. Topics that will be covered include:

  • The promise and risks of generative AI for the public sector
  • Implement once-in-a-generation infrastructure financing
  • Promote economic equality and environmental justice
  • Transforming streets and commuting options that put residents first
  • Building new community connections within and across cities
  • Solving systemic societal challenges such as climate change, public health and mental health care services, and addressing homelessness while expanding access to quality and affordable housing

Media members are welcome to register to attend. Media credentials must be arranged in advance. For more information, please contact jon.purves@theaspeninstitute.org or sam@bloomberg.org.

It will be among the featured speakers Michael R. bloombergthe 108th Mayor of New York City, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies; Vishan ChakrabartyFounder and Creative Director of the Practice of Architecture and Urbanism PAU, where he leads the company’s growing global portfolio of cultural, institutional and public projects; Dasher Keltnerauthor, The new science of awe; Scott KratzSenior Vice President, 11y Streetbridge Park; Mitch LandrieuSenior White House Counsel and Infrastructure Coordinator, and former Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana; Anthony Smith, Executive Director of United Cities Organization; And Matthew Thompsoned progressinitiative from New York times. Several additional speakers will be announced and posted on the website in the coming weeks.

“We live in a time of extraordinary change, and progress on significant global challenges such as public health, homelessness, and climate change depends increasingly on strong city leadership. Fortunately, cities have a growing global network that supports them every step of the way. said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and the 108th Mayor of New York City. “The tenth CityLab is a place where local leaders and innovators can share strategies, learn from each other, and help spread more ideas that can change the world, starting with their communities.”

“We are excited to welcome mayors, innovators, leaders and creators from around the world to downtown DC for the annual Bloomberg CityLab Summit.” Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said “It is time to unleash our creativity – to think big and be bold, and this Summit gives us the opportunity to work together and pave the way for the future of our cities. There is no better place to do that work and strategize than here in the capital, the city where people come to change the world.

“Bloomberg CityLab is a must-have global summit where city leaders and innovators can share their expertise and passion for developing thriving, inclusive, and sustainable cities.” said Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. “Returning to Washington, D.C. for CityLab’s tenth year provides an incredible opportunity to reflect on the past and explore what lies ahead alongside the world’s brightest minds and innovative thinkers. The Aspen Institute looks forward to working with our partner, Bloomberg Philanthropies, to bring leaders together to discuss critical issues that Ranging from the climate crisis to artificial intelligence, and more.

Among those confirmed to be attending are the mayors (or officials holding similar positions) of Banjul, Gambia; Bratislava, Slovakia; Butuan City, Philippines; Elad, Israel; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Glasgow, Scotland; Kitchener, Canada; Lusaka, Zambia; Montevideo, Uruguay; Monterrey, Mexico; Rinca, Chile; Reykjavik, Iceland; San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico; Tirana, Albania; from the United States, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Charleston, South Carolina; Durham, North Carolina; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Huntington, West Virginia; Kansas City, Kansas; Knoxville, Tennessee; Lansing, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; New York, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Rochester, New York; San Francisco, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Scottsdale, Arizona; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Tacoma, Washington; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Vancouver, Washington; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Youngstown, Ohio.

Bloomberg CityLab was founded on the principle that most important innovation happens locally and that global impact can be achieved when cities share solutions. For more than a decade, CityLab conferences have traveled the world, bringing together the most influential mayors and voices from hundreds of cities around the world. Summits have grabbed global headlines and produced tangible results for attendees. Previous CityLab conferences have been hosted in New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami, Paris, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Amsterdam.

To learn more about the 2023 Bloomberg Citylab, visit citylab.bloomberg.org.

About the Bloomberg Foundation:
Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 700 cities and 150 countries around the world to ensure better and longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas to create lasting change: the arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. Bloomberg Philanthropies includes all of Michael R. Bloomberg, including his foundation, company, and personal philanthropy as well as Bloomberg Associates, a freelance advisory firm operating in cities around the world. In 2022, Bloomberg Philanthropies will distribute US$1.7 billion. For more information, please visit loomberg.org, sign up for our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube,Twitterand Linkedin.

About the Aspen Institute:
The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to achieving a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. The institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit aspeninstitute.org.

Media communication:

Aspen Institute:
John Purves, jon.purves@theaspeninstitute.org

Bloomberg Charitable Foundation:
Sam Fuld, sam@bloomberg.org

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