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The Mayor's Pledge

Change begins at home. That understanding drives the Milken Institute's focus on Best Cities for Successful Aging.

Recognizing the power of cities to change the landscape of aging, we're asking U.S. mayors to sign the Best Cities for Successful Aging Mayor's Pledge. Signing mayors commit to make their cities work better for older adults and to enable older adults to strengthen their cities and improve lives for all generations through purposeful work and volunteerism.

Mayors from cities large and small and across the political spectrum have signed the Pledge, and more are signing every day. Their ideas will open the door to solutions that can be scaled and replicated at the state, national and global levels. And their leadership will inspire other policy makers to act.

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, signs the Mayor's Pledge

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signs the Mayor's Pledge.

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Mayors who have signed the Pledge

Please check back; more mayors are signing the Pledge every day.

Akron, OH
Donald Plusquellic

Allentown, PA
Edwin Pawlowski

Anchorage, AK
Dan Sullivan

Ann Arbor, MI
John Hieftje

Apache Junction, AZ
John Insalaco

Arlington, VA
Jay Fisette

Atlanta, GA
Kasim Reed

Aurora, CO
Stephen D. Hogan

Austin, TX
Lee Leffingwell

Bangor, ME
Benjamin Sprague

Barnstable-Hyannis, MA
Tom Lynch

Baton Rouge, LA
Melvin L. Holden

Battle Creek, MI
Dave Walters

Billings, MT
Thomas Hanel

Blacksburg, VA
Ron Rordam

Bloomington, IL
Tari Renner

Bloomington, IN
Mark Kruzan

Boise, ID
David Bieter

Boston, MA
Martin Walsh

Bremerton, WA
Patty Lent

Bridgeport, CT
Bill Finch

Buffalo, NY
Byron W. Brown

Burlington, NC
Ronnie K. Wall

Canton, OH
William J. Healy II

Casper, WY
Paul Meyer

Cedar Rapids, IA
Ron Corbett

Charleston, SC
Joseph Riley

Charlottesville, VA
Satyendra Huja

Chicago, IL
Rahm Emanuel

Cleveland, TN
Tom Rowland

Columbia, SC
Steve Benjamin

Columbia, MO
Robert McDavid

Columbus, OH
Michael Coleman

Colville, WA
Deborah Rarrick

Cumberland, MD
Brian Grim

Dalton, GA
George Sadosuk

Dayton, OH
Nan Whaley

Deltona, FL
John Masiarczyk

Denver, CO
Michael B. Hancock

Dover, DE
Robin Christianson

Dubuque, IA
Roy Buol

Duluth, MN
Don Ness

Durham, NC
William Bell

Eugene, OR
Kitty Piercy

Evanston, IL
Elizabeth Tisdahl

Fargo, ND
Dennis Walaker

Fayetteville, AR
Lioneld Jordan

Flint, MI
Dayne Walling

Gainesville, GA
C. Danny Dunagan

Grand Forks, ND
Michael R. Brown

Greeley, CO
Thomas E. Norton

Greenville, SC
Knox White

Hagerstown, MD
David Gysberts

Harrisburg, PA
Eric Papenfuse

Hartford, CT
Pedro Segarra

Hattiesburg, MS
Johnny Dupree

Hermosa Beach, CA
Peter Tucker

Hinesville, GA
James Thomas, Jr.

Honolulu, HI
Kirk Caldwell

Hot Springs, AK
Ruth Carney

Houston, TX
Anise Parker

Iowa City, IA
Matt Hayek

Irvine, CA
Steven Choi

Issaquah, WA
Fred Butler

Ithaca, NY
Svante Myrick

Jackson, TN
Jerry Gist

Jersey City, NJ
Steven Fulop

Johnstown, PA
Frank Janakovic

Jonesboro, AR
Harrold Perrin

Kansas City, MO
Sly James

Kennewick, WA
Steve Young

Kirkland, WA
Amy Walen

Lafayette, IN
Tony Roswarski

Lancaster, PA
Rick Gray

Lansing, MI
Virg Bernero

Las Cruces, NM
Ken Miyagishima

Las Vegas, NV
Carolyn Goodman

Lebanon, PA
Sherry Capello

Lexington, KY
Jim Gray

Lincoln, NE
Chris Buetler

Litchfield Park, AZ
Thomas L. Schoaf

Little Rock, AR
Mark Stodola

Los Angeles, CA
Eric Garcetti

Louisville, KY
Greg Fischer

Macon, GA
Robert A.B. Reichert

Marcus, WA
Fran Bolt

Memphis, TN
A.C. Wharton

Missoula, MT
John Engen

Morgantown, WV
Jennifer Selin

Muskegon, MI
Steve Gawron

Myrtle Beach, SC
John Rhodes

Nashua, NH
Donnalee Lozeau

Newark, NJ
Ras Baraka

New York City, NY
Bill de Blasio

Ocala, FL
Reuben Kent Guinn

Odessa, TX
David Turner

Philadelphia, PA
Michael Nutter

Phoenix, AZ
Greg Stanton

Pittsburgh, PA
Willliam Peduto

Portland, ME
Michael Brennan

Portland, OR
Charlie Hales

Providence, RI
Angel Taveras

Provo, UT
John Curtis

Rapid City, SD
Sam Kooiker

Renton, WA
Denis Law

Richmond, VA
Dwight Clinton Jones

Riverside, CA
Rusty Bailey

Roanoke, VA
David Bowers

Rochester, MN
Ardell Brede

Rochester, NY
Lovely Warren

Salinas, CA
Joe Gunter

Salt Lake City, UT
Ralph Becker

San Antonio, TX
Ivy Taylor

San Francisco, CA
Edwin Lee

San Leandro, CA
Stephen Cassidy

Santa Fe, NM
Javier Gonzales

Scottsdale, AZ
W.J. Lane

Sheboygan, WI
Michael Vandersteen

Sioux Falls, SD
Mike Huether

Springfield, MA
Domenic Sarno

Springfield, OR
Christine Lundberg

State College, PA
Elizabeth Goreham

St. Cloud, MN
David Kleis

St. Louis, MO
Francis Slay

St. Petersburg, FL
Rick Kriseman

Sumter, SC
Joseph McElveen

Syracuse, NY
Stephanie Miner

Tenafly, NJ
Peter Rustin

Toledo, OH
D. Michael Collins

Torrance, CA
Patrick J. Furey

Tualatin, OR
Lou Ogden

Tucson, AZ
Jonathan Rosthschild

Utica, NY
Robert M. Palmieri

Valdosta, GA
John Gayle

Virginia Beach, VA
William D. Sessoms, Jr.

Washington, D.C.
Vincent Gray

West Hollywood, CA
Lindsey P. Horvath

Wichita, KS
Carl Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC
Allen Joines

York, PA
C. Kim Bracey

What Mayors are saying


"As Mayor, I have a responsibility to ensure city government is making life better for all Angelenos, especially those whose past hard work laid the foundation for the city we enjoy today. Whether someone is born here, or comes here for college, career, or retirement, I want L.A. to be a place that welcomes all generations."
— Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles

"In the City of Atlanta we are focused on creating a community where everyone can prosper, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or place of origin. We owe Atlanta's rich history to today's older Americans and we are committed to providing opportunities for their continued prosperity and ownership of our great city."
— Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta

"Houston takes pride in the individuality and diversity of all its citizens and considers its aging population a thriving part of the city's identity. As the fourth largest city in the nation, it's important that Houston leads in providing opportunities that successfully accommodate our city's aging population."
— Mayor Annise Parker, Houston

"Creating a city for successful aging involves incorporating age friendly values into everything we do – every plan, every project, every design. I'm excited to be leading Honolulu in this effort, and I believe that it will be one of the most rewarding things I do as Mayor."
— Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu

"Morgantown particularly appreciates the contributions and challenges of our citizens as we get older. As a city committed to successful aging, we focus on health care, life long learning, history and the arts, and active recreation. Our beautiful mountains and rivers, opportunities for engagement in community life, and options for transportation complete the possibilities for our most experienced citizens. "
— Mayor Jenny Selin, Morgantown, WV

"The City of Bremerton is fortunate to have the natural beauty of the nearby Puget Sound, helping attract many baby boomers and retired military veterans. The meaningful way our city governance contributes to quality of life is measured in our public and private services that are important in supporting successful aging."
— Mayor Patty Lent, Bremerton, WA

"We're proud of the work we're doing to make Chicago a great city for people of all ages. Nothing's more important than keeping in mind the needs of older adults – and how valuable a role they play in improving the city, based on their amazing collective talent and wisdom.""
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago

"As Mayor of Boston, I am committed to an Age Friendly city and offering comprehensive housing and transportation options, enabling access to key services, and providing opportunities for older adults to be socially engaged. With knowledge, skills, and experience, our older adults are a resource, and working together we will strengthen and meet the needs of our great city. I am proud to lead and live in a city that values successful aging."
— Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston

"Kirkland is extremely fortunate to have a community network that supports our elder populations through access to affordable social services, care, housing and transportation. Members of our aging population are active in legislative decision making, volunteer programs, and social and community events that truly make a difference for all ages in Kirkland. We take our pledge to be among the Best Cities for Successful Aging seriously and will always strive to ensure the well-being of our aging population."
— Mayor Amy Walen, Kirkland, WA

"An Age-Friendly community is one of acceptance and opportunity for all citizens. In Springfield we are a community that values diversity and inclusion regardless of age, sex or the color of a person’s skin. As we continue to move forward, the contributions of older adults remain vital to the future success of our city. It is important that we maintain social structures to accommodate our aging population while building a community they are proud to call home."
— Mayor Christine Lundberg, Springfield, OR

Milken Institute President Paul Irving on Mayor's Pledge