Target Cities Program

A uniquely innovative urban regeneration pilot grounded in peer learning and and capacity building

Target Cities was a two-year immersion program that has benefited 11 districts across nine North American cities. Launched in 2014 as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment, Target Cities was designed to advance sustainable, district-scale development while creating replicable models for change. Target Cities was a peer learning and technical assistance program to help each team elevate their sustainability strategy with an emphasis on project governance, performative roadmapping and EcoDistricts Certified readiness. Together, the cohort, which included 30 practitioners from 11 industry sectors participated in 4 peer learning workshops and a series of best practice webinars.

In total, the Target Cities cohort represents more than 60 partners collaborating to transform more than 1,500 acres of existing neighborhoods, downtown areas, business districts, historical precincts, brownfield sites and university campuses. These districts encompass tens of millions of square feet of real estate occupied by tens of thousands of existing and new residents, workers, visitors and students.


Participants include some of North America’s most influential cities:

Atlanta, GA
Cambridge, MA
Detroit, MI
Los Angeles, CA
Ottawa, ON
Washington, D.C.


Target Cities Partners

EcoDistricts is proud to work with the following organizations to advance the Target Cities program.

logo-biohabitatsCitycraftEnterprisegehl-institute-logoglobal-green-usa-logoIDEAioby-logoI-SeeedMcGuire Woods logoNRDCNeighborWorks AmericaReshape Strategies USGBC logo


Clinton Global Initiative

CGIA_CommitmentSeal_2014_LgThe EcoDistricts Target Cities program is one of 100 Clinton Global Initiative Commitments for 2014.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges — implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.