The Next American Vanguard is an annual conference devoted to enlightening, inspiring and connecting the next generation of urban leaders.
Hosted by Next American City
, a national quarterly magazine about making cities better, Next American Vanguard
attracts leaders from across the country.
"What's interesting about the Next American Vanguard conference is that attendees are all in their mid-to-late 20s to 30s," says Adam Fritz of Urban Charrette
in Tampa, who attended the 2009 conference in Washington D.C. "It was kind of refreshing to know that there are people all around the country trying to make each of their cities exciting and unique, and really trying to attract and retain their talent."
Applications are being accepted for the 2010 conference through March 31. This year's two-day event will be May 26 and 27 in Philadelphia. Applicants must be 35 years or younger, have demonstrated leadership capabilities in their work or other activities, live in the United States or actively engage in American urban issues from abroad, and be a subscriber to the Next American City
"Participants in the Next American Vanguard conference can expect to learn from a geographically and thematically diverse set of top-notch peers, to learn from experts and be inspired to bring back new ideas to their hometowns," says Diana Lind, editor-in-chief/publisher of Next American City.
Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Adam Fritz, Urban Charrette; Diana Lind, Next American City