Monday, April 23, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
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The Rockefeller Foundation 
420 Fifth Avenue
Trustees Dining Room, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10018

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Stacy Fox 
Boston University Initiative on Cities 

Launch of Cities Joining Ranks: Policy Networks on the Rise 

Cities in the United States and around the world are ever more linked in networks that they join, but so little is known about which cities join and why.

You are cordially invited to an exclusive briefing and Q&A with the authors of Cities Joining Ranks: Policy Networks on the Rise, a research project led by the Boston University Initiative on Cities, supported by Citi Community Development and The Rockefeller Foundation.

This report seeks to demystify the city network space in the United States by addressing three guiding questions: How do city policy networks in the US compare to one another? Which US cities join which networks and have similar network profiles? Why do mayors sign on to networks?
Fifteen active city networks with strong name recognition, engagements, and US member base were selected for the study (among others: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance; We Are Still In, Mayors Against Illegal Guns; and Cities of Service).

A first of its kind city data set, incorporating data from the 2017 Menino Survey of Mayors, provides insight into relationships between mayors' perspectives on city networks, a city’s voting behavior, its demographics, and the actual network joining behavior of all US cities with populations over 75,000.