Needed: A City for Next American Vanguard

The return of our annual conference of urban leaders. But we need a city to host.

Members of the Vanguard class of 2010 in Philadelphia.

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In 2009 and 2010, Next American CIty held Next American Vanguard, a conference of the nation’s best and brightest young urban leaders who work to improve cities. We want to bring the conference and the network back this summer.

We are now looking for a city where we can host this year’s Vanguard. We seek a local chamber of commerce, foundation, economic development corporation, marketing and tourism bureau or other entity to help provide us with a venue, engage the community and financially the project (click here for a PDF of the specifics). The deadline for partners to apply is April 9 and the winning city (and Vanguard application for attendees) will be announced in early May.

This is a great opportunity for a city to show off its urban renewal projects to a leading media organization, learn from the country’s smartest emerging leaders and get consulting time with bright young thinkers. Attendees are often executive directors of nonprofits, city council members, artists, private sector leaders and others involved in the direction of their cities. Over the course of the conference’s two days, the Vanguard creates a network of cross-country relationships that result in new partnerships and ideas for cities.

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