Small & Mid-Sized Cities


New Urban Champions

New Urban Champions is an initiative created to showcase the most successful, but less frequently told stories of collaboration, growth, and problem-solving happening in cities that deserve a greater share of the spotlight.


New Urban Champions brings cities together to showcase successes, problem-solve challenges, and collaborate on potential solutions. 

Our aim is to build a “cohort” of New Urban Champions and create a space for meaningful discussions and collaboration, establishing a network of city movers and shakers that will serve as models for others.

To do so, the Learning Expedition brings together 30 to 35 participants to a host city, showcasing its innovative solutions and challenges for a 2-day immersive program created by NewCities and curated partners.

Bordeaux, France 


Our third edition will take place in Bordeaux, capital of southwestern France, in spring 2022 and in partnership with ENGIE.

The 2-day event will provide the opportunity to:

1. Explore Bordeaux as a model of ecological transition and citizen participation.

2. Discover the dynamic and inclusive ecosystem inspiring other cities.

3. Highlight ENGIE's commitment to carbon neutrality in cities.

St. Louis, Missouri 


For this second edition, NewCities teams up with the St. Louis Development Corporation to present St. Louis, Missouri as a New Urban Champion.

This issue is a voice-driven editorial sparking those tough conversations and opening the floor to honest dialogue; telling the story of St. Louis through the narratives of some of its most inspiring community leaders.

Columbus, Ohio 


Our first edition took place in Columbus in October 2018 in partnership with ENGIE.

After winning the first-ever U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Smart City Challenge” in 2016, Columbus has emerged as a model Smart City. City officials attribute their successes to strong collaboration across sectors. We spent two days showcasing successful public-private partnerships, featuring innovative smart city advancements, and detailed how an university campus connects to its urban ecosystem.



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