Building high-road cities and metropolitan regions is both good for citizens and a key way to move the national dialogue toward progressive policy solutions. Much of our work is focused on sharing high-road policy and governance with local leaders. High road policy promotes shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government.
Mayors Innovation Project
The Mayors Innovation Project (MIP) is a learning network among American mayors committed to high road policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, efficient democratic government.
MIP offers high-quality content that emphasizes innovative, actionable solutions, offered through formats that prioritize peer-to-peer exchange and learning.
We facilitate small-group meetings and content that emphasize innovative, actionable solutions and peer-to-peer learning.
Cohorts for Leaders
We lead cohorts for mayors and city leaders, including the Women Mayors' Network and the New Mayors Cohort, focused on women, people of color, and LQBTQ mayors.
We provide technical assistance on a wide range of policies to cities through grants and through our member city program.
We believe that cities are central and critical to getting on the high road. Check out our other city-focused areas of work:
For decades, COWS has produced research focused on how cities can achieve the high road. We present a vision for cities that serve all of their residents through environmental sustainability and democratic governance, with an emphasis on how city leaders can implement policies to make this vision a reality.
Cities at Work
This report arms local elected leaders with a range of effective policies that would get cities on the high road: using better democratic organization to add value, reduce waste, and capture and share the benefits of doing both.
Early-Stage Strategies for Community Wealth Building
City leaders play a critical role in community wealth building. However, this work requires multiple actors, including community organizers and developers.