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September 28 – 30, 2014 Los Angeles, California

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of our most innovative programs of the year, bringing together 300+ of the world’s top mayors, urban experts, city planners, writers, technologists, economists, and designers. The goal of the 3-day program is to foster constructive dialogue and create scalable solutions for city leaders to share with their constituencies across the world.  

Just recently, the program was named Best Conference of 2013 at the FAME Awards. The inaugural program took place last fall in New York City, and this year we'll be taking the program to Los Angeles.


To register for CityLab's public program, Making L.A., please click here.


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Live Stream Agenda (all elements are subject to change; times listed in both Eastern and Pacific time)


8:45 a.m. PT / 11:45 a.m. ET  Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief and Co-President, The Atlantic
  • Michael Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies

9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET  What's Mine is Yours? The New Dynamics of the Sharing City

  • Brian Chesky, CEO and Founder, Airbnb
  • April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer, Collaborative Lab
  • Arun Sundararajan, Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, New York University
  • David Sheard, Council Leader, Kirklees Council
  • Moderator: James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief and Co-President, The Atlantic

9:40 a.m. PT / 12:40 p.m. ET The Business of Innovation at City Hall

  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles
  • Interviewer: Walter Isaacson, President, The Aspen Institute

10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET  Urban Resilience

  • Henk Ovink, Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Interviewer: James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic

10:25 a.m. PT / 1:25 p.m. ET  Wheels of Change: What's Driving the Future of Urban Mobility

  • Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal, Bloomberg Associates
  • Donald Shoup, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, UCLA
  • John Zimmer, Co-Founder and President, Lyft
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET  Narrowing the Gap: City Solutions to Income Inequality

  • Alan Berube, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Bill Peduto, Mayor, Pittsburgh
  • Blair Taylor, Chief Community Officer, Starbucks
  • Moderator: Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor at Large,; Senior Editor, The Atlantic

11:55 a.m. PT / 2:55 p.m. ET Local Food: Beyond Farm-to-Table

  • Dan Barber, Owner and Executive Chef, Blue Hill Farm

12:20 p.m. PT / 3:20 p.m. ET  Wrap Up

  • Margaret Low Smith, Vice President, The Atlantic and President, AtlanticLIVE


12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET Welcome/Introduction

  • James Anderson, Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

12:05 p.m. PT / 3:05 p.m. ET New in Town: Mayors on Immigration

  • Kasim Reed, Mayor, Atlanta
  • Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, Atlantic Media

12:40 p.m. PT / 3:40 p.m. ET  Trend Breaks: What a World of Change Means for Mayors and Cities

  • Richard Dobbs, Director, McKinsey & Company

12:50 p.m. PT / 3:50 p.m. ET  How to Stop a Runaway Industry: What Cities Can Learn from the Flight of Hollywood

  • Paris Barclay, President, Directors Guild of America
  • Michael Lombardo, Vice President of Programming, HBO
  • Katherine Oliver, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET Event Concludes

Also in this Series

  • CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges

    CityLab 2013 bought together global city leaders to engage in a series of conversations about urban ideas and innovations that are shaping metro centers around the world.

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Upcoming Events

  • An American Town Hall: Philadelphia / September 23, 2014

  • CityLab 2014 / September 28 – 30, 2014

  • Rise of the Rest: Fireside Chats / October 6 – 10, 2014

  • An American Town Hall: Detroit / October 7, 2014