Target Cities Program

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

Target Cities is a two-year immersion program benefitting 11 districts across 9 North American cities. Launched in 2014 as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment, Target Cities is designed to advance sustainable, district-scale development while creating replicable models for change.



The Target Cities cohort have received expert support and guidance in collaborative district governance, district assessment and analytics, district finance models and EcoDistricts Certification readiness.

Participating district teams reflect the diversity of contemporary urban neighborhoods, including:

  • Business districts with major existing investment
  • Economically stressed communities looking to amplify neighborhood-driven regeneration and innovation
  • Mixed-use brownfield regeneration projects


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

Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX, Boston, MA, Cambridge, MA, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, Los Angeles, CA, Ottawa, ON and Washington, D.C.

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.


Together with our district partners, we’re helping drive meaningful outcomes in:

  • Sustainable, affordable, accessible and equitable housing
  • High performing, integrated, and low impact infrastructure
  • Places that attract diverse populations of people, promote healthy economic activity and build vibrancy


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.


Target Cities Partners

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

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