New Urban Champions

Empowering secondary, small, and medium-sized cities

New Urban Champions is an initiative that brings cities together to showcase successes, problem solve challenges, and collaborate on potential solutions through events, research projects, and creative content pieces from influential contributors.

As an independent non-profit organization, NewCities bring a ‘whole-city’ approach, connecting residents, governments, academic institutions, civil society organizations, and business communities.

The New Urban Champions workstream includes an annual conference series, learning expeditions in selected cities, research, and broadcast communications to create a space for meaningful discussion and collaboration among various urban stakeholders. In June 2018, we launched a thought leadership track bringing perspectives of secondary cities from six experts from around the world.

Working with New Urban Champions partner ENGIE, NewCities convened its first New Urban Champions Learning Expedition in Columbus, Ohio in October 2018. The event brought together a group of 30 people, including representatives from 10 local governments, university administrators from the Americas and Europe, and private sector actors ranging from local Columbus mobility startups to global business leaders.

Working closely with Smart Columbus and the Ohio State University, the two-day event included several site visits, interactive thematic workshops, and an address from Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.

For more information, please contact Michael Woodbridge, Manager of Research Programs, NewCities at

Featured photo by Ishan @seefromthesky on Unsplash.

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