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Today, Marketplace.city is announcing it has joined the National League of CitiesSchmidt Futures, and fifty leading cities from across the country to take action to support cities’ innovation economies.

The accepted cities are part of a new program at the National League of Cities—the City Innovation Ecosystem Program—that aims to support cities that have made specific and important commitments to local entrepreneurship, STEM education, or innovation. NLC announced the cities it would partner with at its annual City Summit in Los Angeles to over 3,500 attendees representing more than 1,500 cities.

Marketplace.city will help program cities track, document, and showcase their success
on Marketplace.city’s platform. NLC Innovation Ecosystem cities will document their commitments, report their ongoing actions and programs, and share best practices with other cities.

“We are thrilled to join the NLC Innovation Ecosystem Cities program,” said Chris Foreman, Marketplace.city CEO. “Cities don’t have easy tools to find, validate and implement initiatives that worked in other cities that look like them. Clearly documenting the process and results will allow the 2nd, 3rd and 20th city to replicate these programs more easily to get results.”

Marketplace.city will work the NLC and the cities document with commitments and associated programs to make them a living case study to aid the broader

“In order for commitments to translate into action, cities need to have a place to document and share their success with their peers, both in municipal government, and the private sector” said Scott Andes, Program Director for the Innovation Ecosystem Program. “Marketplace.city offers a clear and effective platform to do this. NLC is extremely excited about our partnership.”

With this commitment, Marketplace.city will join The National League of Cities and other nationally recognized innovation leaders to share best practices, connect with national firms and foundations and gain technical support, and national recognition through NLC forums and publications.

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