Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. (May 23, 2016)—“CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges,” presented by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, will be in Miami, Florida, this October for its fourth year of conversation on the ideas and solutions transforming metro centers around the world into more livable and sustainable cities. The three day event was last held in London, where an international cast of mayors and urban leaders representing 133 cities and 44 countries gathered to share innovation and effective practices in urban governance.
The annual CityLab Summit convenes the world’s most creative mayors and city practitioners along with artists, academics, funders, and other public and private sector leaders focused on improving cities and identifying and sharing effective urban solutions. Presented October 23-25, just two weeks before America elects its next president, CityLab 2016 will provide an especially unique vantage point: the opportunity to candidly collaborate on the most pressing issues facing the world’s growing metros.
As with each CityLab host city, the story of Miami—its burgeoning financial sector, evolving art scene, and unique confluence of Caribbean, North and South American cultures—will be woven into the summit’s content on and off stage. Sessions will address topics of central importance to Miami and CityLab’s global audience, from the challenges of migration and changing demographics, to global health priorities and climate change, to disaster preparedness and modernizing infrastructure. With a focus on Latin America, this year’s gathering will include finalists in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2016 Mayors Challenge, leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. CityLab will commence after a private, daylong mayors-only session called the Mayors Innovation Studio. Hosted by Michael R. Bloomberg, the Studio focuses on the art and science of mayoral leadership and the specific tools and techniques mayors are using to create more innovative, flexible, and adaptive local governments.