CEOs for cities a success

File photo.
File photo.

CEOs for Cities held their 2013 national meeting in Grand Rapids from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. The event was themed “The Art of the Collaborative City” and was the largest national meeting ever, with 340 participants from 75 different cities.

This year’s meeting was focused on “the intersection of the private, public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and the intersection of art, design, talent and place to catalyze city success,” according to the CEOs for Cities website.

Grand Rapids was selected as the venue because of ArtPrize, which is seen as an example of best practices in collaborative urban revitalization.

CEOs for Cities is an organization that brings together business, education and civic leaders to share best practices and strategies for promoting growth and revitalization in U.S. cities.

It was founded in 2001 by Paul Grogan, the president and CEO of The Boston Foundation, and former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.

Some notable attendees included Tony Hsieh, the founder of the online shoe retailer Zappos, who invested $350 million in an attempt to create a viable urban center in Las Vegas; Bruce Katz, a vice president at the Brookings Institute, one of the foremost U.S. intellectuals on cities and author of “The Metropolitan Revolution”; and Rick DeVos, the founder of ArtPrize.

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