April 24-26, 2014
Next City will host its fifth annual Vanguard conference in Chattanooga, TN next year from April 24-26 inviting 40 young leaders from around the country for a three-day series of presentations, workshops, tours and other activities. They will accept applications for the 2014 Vanguard Conference until February 14, 2014. The only requirement? Applicants must be under the age of 40.
Vanguard is an annual gathering of the best and brightest young urban leaders working to improve cities across sectors, including urban planning, community development, entrepreneurship, government, transportation, sustainability, design, art and media.
Each year, Next City selects 40 applicants whose bright ideas for cities, experience in the field and ambition for the future all show great promise to become members of the new Vanguard class. Vanguard members — non-profit directors, city council members, artists, private sector leaders and others influencing the direction of their cities — along with alumni, host city committee representatives and Next City staff gather for an intensive (and fun) series of presentations, workshops, neighborhood tours and more. The aim is to collectively learn and think about how to tackle challenges faced by the host city as well as cities across the country.
The conference now heads into its fifth year, and the impact is tangible. Spanning an ever-broader geographic reach (the 2013 Vanguard class was more geographically diverse than ever, with members hailing from 28 cities), this growing network of Vanguard alumni is catalyzing new collaborations and partnerships while spreading innovative ideas.