CityLab 2016: Annual Preeminent Gathering of Global Mayors and Urban Leaders to Convene in Miami, FL

October 23-25 in Miami, FL; presented by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies

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.

“CityLab will highlight the very real successes mayors around the world are having on a wide variety of issues. As one of America’s most diverse and international cities—and one of the cities most threatened by rising sea levels brought on by climate change—Miami is the perfect location for cities to discuss how to work together to solve the common challenges they face,” said Bloomberg, philanthropist and three-term Mayor of New York City.

“With an expanding and the newly launched CityLab Latino, The Atlantic is more dedicated than ever to covering the central role of cities in this ever-complex world. The CityLab Summit is a critical component of these editorial endeavors,” said Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO, David Bradley. “In this divisive election year, CityLab will provide leaders from around the world with a singular opportunity to set political differences aside in a truly collaborative environment. Last year’s gathering in London was simply extraordinary, and we’re confident that Miami will prove just as compelling.”

“CityLab is a wonderful example of the magic that happens when you bring diverse people together to talk about the most important issues they all face,” said Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. “This year is especially exciting, because with three excellent convenings under our belts, we have great momentum and success to build on.”

The previous CityLab Summits were hosted in London, Los Angeles, and New York. Last year’s conversations explored European cities and the refugee crisis, global perspectives on policing, how cities are dealing with government’s digital transformation, India’s booming urbanization, and innovative answers to affordable housing. Across the three years, CityLab has welcomed as participants mayors from around the globe, including: Accra, Ghana; Athens, Greece; Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Barcelona, Spain; Cape Town, South Africa; Denver, Colorado; Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel; London, United Kingdom; Los Angeles, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Montreal, Quebec; Nairobi, Kenya; Oakland, California; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Schaerbeek, Belgium; and Seoul, South Korea; and Washington, D.C., among others.

The award-winning summit is an expansion of The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute’s longstanding partnership devoted to the exchange of ideas of consequence, which includes Aspen Ideas Festival and Washington Ideas Forum. Earlier this spring, The Atlantic launched CityLab Latino with, a Spanish-language version of The Atlantic’s award-winning site Both CityLab and CityLab Latino cover the most important ideas and pressing issues facing today’s cities.

Details about CityLab’s planned locations and speakers will be announced in the coming months. To learn more about CityLab or to request advance media credentials, please contact The Atlantic’s Anna Bross ( and Sydney Simon (


About the Aspen Institute:
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. For more information, visit

About The Atlantic:
Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate across print, digital, events, and video platforms. With its award-winning digital presence and on cities around the world, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the 2016 National Magazine of the Year. Bob Cohn is President of The Atlantic.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.