Miami-Dade County

Global leadership summit headed to Miami for the first time

A panel speaking during the 2015 CityLab Summit in London.
A panel speaking during the 2015 CityLab Summit in London.

A global conference on city leadership is coming to Miami, organizers announced this week.

The fourth annual CityLab Summit, presented by The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic and Bloomberg Philanthropies, will be held October 23-25 at the InterContinental Miami hotel at 100 Chopin Plaza. The conference is designed to gather mayors, entrepreneurs and other local and global professionals to discuss issues facing cities and possible solutions.

The conference has been held in New York, Los Angeles and London. This year, organizers chose Miami from a selection of national and international cities.

“We always look for cities that are really innovative and doing things that are on the cutting edge,” said Anna Bross, the director of communications for The Atlantic. “We’re excited to be in Miami.”

The summit will feature a full-day session for mayors to discuss mayoral leadership and local government strategies. The rest of the summit will include mainstage presentations and smaller workshops about a variety of topics, including climate change, Latin America and new economic models.

While a full list of topics has not been established, discussions will be influenced by the summit’s setting in South Florida.

“It will be great to elevate and celebrate the entrepreneurship and innovation happening in Miami,” said James Anderson, the director of the Government Innovation programs with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“Miami is the definition of dynamic.”

About 500 people are expected to attend the event, which is invite-only. While a list of attendees has not been determined yet, organizers plan to reach out to mayors, artists, businesses and entrepreneurs from Miami and across the globe.

“We bring them together so they share what’s happening, share what’s learned and spread those ideas,” Anderson said. “And that’s really what the CityLab conference is about.”