City Managers Community

Major cities and metropolitan areas around the world are facing an increased complexity both at the governance and managing levels. The international agenda is having a growing impact not only on local policies but also in its operation.

In this scenario, the City Managers Community fosters the engagement of the top leaders from our membership who are in charge of the day-to-day management of major cities and metropolitan areas.

  • To identify the challenges being faced by major cities in the aftermath of Habitat III from a managerial point of view
  • To set the basis for a knowledge and practice community of city managers around the world within the framework of the Metropolis Observatory
  • To propose new ideas and solutions about management of a city and the implementation of public policies
  • To develop an agenda whose implementation will be monitored and boosted by the Metropolis Secretariat General


      In 2020, the City Managers Community will be focusing on the theme of green infrastructure.


     Do you want to engage in the City Managers Community 2020?


  • 11 June - July 6:

    Green Infrastructure Metropolitan Portrait survey
    The first step to identify the peers of the community this year and their main topics of interest
    Click here to answer the survey


  • 16 July: City Managers Community webinar

    Exclusive to invited participants who take part in the Green Infrastructure Metropolitan Portrait survey, this online session will provide the opportunity to indicate the main steps and contents of the City Managers Days 2020. 
    Click here for further information


  • 17-19 November: City Managers Days 2020

    Celebrated in Barcelona in the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the City Managers Days 2020 will offer a space to the representatives from the Metropolis membership who engage in the previous events, to meet in person, co-create and discuss solutions to common challenges in green infrastructure.
    Click here for further information 



*Due to the COVID-19 emergency, all the activities of the City Managers Days 2020 will strictly follow the safety protocols established by public health authorities and implemented by the organization of the SCEWC.
** Selected participants will have access to benefits ranging from the Smart City Expo World Congress full pass to accommodation and support to international travel costs (depending on resource availability).




The Metropolis City Managers Community is a project funded by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona that brings together every year a selected group of senior public managers who are in charge of day to day management of major cities and metropolitan areas. Initiated in 2016 as a session of the Habitat III summit, since 2018 it has been organised in Barcelona on the occasion of the SCEWC, with a specific thematic focus, providing a balanced blend of:

  • focused meetings of experts
  • tailor-made site visits
  • synergies with the contents and debates promoted by the Metropolis Observatory issue papers
  • the opportunity of joining other activities of the Smart City Expo World Congress, one of the world’s leading event for cities

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