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We seek to promote and advance the adaptive urban leadership strategies necessary to support cities as dynamic centers of economic growth and development in the 21st century.

Founded by a proven urban leader, former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and a highly regarded academic, Professor Graham Wilson, the Initiative on Cities serves as a bridge between world-class academic research and the real-life practice of city governance.


IoC Releases Report on Lessons from the One Fund Boston

September 15th, 2014 in Front Page, News and Events


The Initiative on Cities today announced the release of their first City Insight publication. This inaugural report, One Fund Boston: Lessons for Leaders, focuses on the factors that contributed to the success of the One Fund. Based on interviews with key community, corporate and government stakeholders as well as insight shared by Kenneth Feinberg, One Fund Administrator, in his keynote address at Leading Cities Through Crisis: Lessons from the Boston Marathon conference, it is the first comprehensive examination of one of the most successful charitable relief funds ever created…MORE.

IoC Announces the Urban Seminar Series: The Open City

September 12th, 2014 in Front Page, News and Events

The Initiative on Cities is proud to announce the first installment of the Urban Seminar Series, The Open City, to take place from noon-1:30pm on September 18th at the IoC Office, 75 Bay State Road. Members of the Boston University community, and the public at large, are encouraged to attend …MORE

IoC Co-Director Thomas Menino Honored by American Bar Association

August 14th, 2014 in Front Page, News and Events

On Friday August 8, Initiative on Cities (IoC) Co-Director Thomas Menino was honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of State and Local Government Law and presented with the Jefferson Fordham Award for Advocacy …MORE

Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows Meet with IoC

July 21st, 2014 in Front Page, News and Events

 Initiative on Cities Co-Director Tom Menino hosted the Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows for lunch on Wednesday July 16 …MORE