A Virtual Event Series September 14 - October 23, 2020

Our Summit is going virtual to bring you together safely and connect you even more directly with your peers. Every week throughout the Summit season, we'll present thematic conference sprints featuring flash talks, audience breakouts, and conversations with leaders from across the country. We’ll cap things off in the evening with virtual mixers and marquee speakers.


In the shadow of a global pandemic that continues to affect daily life for millions of people, as well as the murder of George Floyd and the surrounding outcry for racial justice, we see a greater need for city leaders and community members to make critical decisions with incredible agility. For cities to rise to these challenges, it’s vital to exchange ideas and solutions. 

 · Speakers announced in July ·

Our Themes:

The Small City Moment:
Big ideas for right now.
Too Small to Fail:
Our collective quest to save small business and our cities’ vitality.
Vital Signs:
The urgent call to build healthier communities.
We Are Being Graded:
Community partnership on the path to stronger, fairer education.
Yes, Community Arts Are Essential:
Let’s lift up our creative neighbors.
New World, New Justice:
Finally, a path to just cities and second chances.
The Data’s in the Details:
Applied Machine Learning for good.

Pay-What-You-Can Pricing.

These events are for everyone! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we’re thrilled to be able to open the door to more people in more places with a virtual format and flexible pay scale.

Contributions in the range of $0-250 are welcome.

Pay more if you want to, and less if you need to!

Already have a badge?

Then we’ll see you in September! To express our gratitude to those of you purchased a spring badge, you’ll receive admission into both the fall Cities Rising Summit AND to our spring 2021 events.

Brought to you by these generous sponsors:

2RW Consultants · Boyd & Sipe PLC · Castle Hill Gaming · Center for Innovative Technology · Charlottesville Office of Economic Development · Community Investment Collaborative · Davenport Posner Wealth Management · Focused Ultrasound Foundation · Generation 180 · GO Virginia · GreeneHurlocker · HelioCampus · Local Energy Alliance Program · Lynchburg Economic Development Authority · Nvidia · R.L. Beyer Custom Homes · School of Data Science at UVA · Sol Unesco · Storyware · Sun Tribe Solar · Timmons Group · United Way of Greater Charlottesville · UVA Community Credit Union · UVA School Of Architecture · Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission · VMDO Architects

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