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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 and serve as incubators of innovation, we launched the Mayor's Pledge in 2014 to encourage our civic leaders to join the movement for purposeful, healthy aging and create cities that are livable for all. We issue the challenge again with this report, encouraging all mayors to sign the Pledge and incorporate its message and goals into their governing agendas.

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. 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

Agoura Hills, CA
Harry Schwarz

Akron, OH
Daniel Horrigan, Donald Plusquellic

Allentown, PA
Edwin Pawlowski

Alexandria, VA
Allison Silberberg

Anchorage, AK
Ethan Berkowitz, Dan Sullivan

Ann Arbor, MI
John Hieftje

Apache Junction, AZ
John Insalaco

Arlington, TX
Jeff Williams

Arlington, VA
Jay Fisette

Artesia, CA
Victor Manalo

Atlanta, GA
Kasim Reed

Aurora, CO
Stephen D. Hogan

Austin, TX
Steve Adler, Lee Leffingwell

Azusa, CA
Joseph Romero Rocha

Bangor, ME
Benjamin Sprague

Barnstable-Hyannis, MA
Tom Lynch

Baton Rouge, LA
Melvin L. Holden

Battle Creek, MI
Dave Walters

Berkeley, CA
Jesse Arreguin

Billings, MT
Thomas Hanel

Blacksburg, VA
Ron Rordam

Bloomington, IN
John Hamilton, Mark Kruzan

Boise, ID
David Bieter

Boston, MA
Martin Walsh

Boulder, CO
Suzanne Jones

Bremerton, WA
Patty Lent

Bridgeport, CT
Bill Finch

Broken Arrow, OK
Craig Thurmond

Buffalo, NY
Byron W. Brown

Burlington, NC
Ian Baltutis, Ronnie K. Wall

Canton, OH
Thomas Bernabei, William J. Healy II

Carlsbad, NM
Dale Janway

Carson, CA
Albert Robles

Casper, WY
Paul Meyer

Cedar Rapids, IA
Ron Corbett

Charleston, SC
John Tecklenburg, Joseph Riley

Charlottesville, VA
Satyendra Huja

Chicago, IL
Rahm Emanuel

Cleveland, TN
Tom Rowland

Colorado Springs, CO
John Suthers

Columbia, MO
Robert McDavid

Columbia, SC
Steve Benjamin

Columbus, OH
Michael Coleman

Colville, WA
Louis Janke, Deborah Rarrick

Cumberland, MD
Brian Grim

Dalton, GA
Dennis Mock, George Sadosuk

Dayton, OH
Nan Whaley

Deltona, FL
John Masiarczyk

Denver, CO
Michael B. Hancock

Dover, DE
Robin Christiansen

Dubuque, IA
Roy Buol

Duluth, MN
Emily Larson, Don Ness

Durham, NC
William Bell

Eugene, OR
Kitty Piercy

Evanston, IL
Elizabeth Tisdahl

Fargo, ND
Timothy Mahoney, Dennis Walaker

Fayetteville, AR
Lioneld Jordan

Flint, MI
Dayne Walling

Fort Collins, CO
Wade Troxell

Fountain Hills, AZ
Linda Kavanagh

Gainesville, GA
C. Danny Dunagan

Gary, IN
Karen Freeman-Wilson

Grand Forks, ND
Michael R. Brown

Greeley, CO
Tom Norton

Greensboro, NC
Nancy Vaughan

Greenville, SC
Knox White

Hagerstown, MD
David Gysberts

Hallowell, ME
Mark Walker

Harrisburg, PA
Eric Papenfuse

Hartford, CT
Luke Bronin, Pedro Segarra

Hattiesburg, MS
Johnny Dupree

Hermosa Beach, CA
Hany Fangary, Peter Tucker

Hinesville, GA
James Thomas, Jr.

Honolulu, HI
Kirk Caldwell

Hoover, AL
Frank Brocato

Hot Springs, AK
Ruth Carney

Houston, TX
Anise Parker

Indianapolis, IN
Joe Hogsett

Iowa City, IA
James Throgmorton, Matt Hayek

Irvine, CA
Steven Choi

Issaquah, WA
Fred Butler

Ithaca, NY
Svante Myrick

Jackson, MS
Tony Yarber

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

Lawndale, CA
Robert Pullen-Miles

Lebanon, PA
Sherry Capello

Lexington, KY
Jim Gray

Lincoln, NE
Chris Beutler

Litchfield Park, AZ
Thomas L. Schoaf

Little Rock, AR
Mark Stodola

Los Angeles, CA
Eric Garcetti

Louisville, KY
Greg Fischer

Lubbock, TX
Dan Pope

Macon, GA
Robert A.B. Reichert

Manhattan, KS
Usha Reddi

Marcus, WA
Fran Bolt

Memphis, TN
A.C. Wharton

Miami, FL
Tomás Regalado

Middleton, WI
Kurt Sonnentag

Missoula, MT
John Engen

Morgantown, WV
Jennifer Selin

Muskegon, MI
Steve Gawron

Myrtle Beach, SC
John Rhodes

Nashua, NH
Donnalee Lozeau

New York City, NY
Bill de Blasio

Newark, NJ
Ras Baraka

Newton, MA
Setti Warren

Ocala, FL
Reuben Kent Guinn

Odessa, TX
David Turner

Palm Bay, FL
William Capote

Paris, ME
Victor Hodgkins

Pembroke Pines, CA
Frank Ortis

Philadelphia, PA
James F. Kenney, Michael Nutter

Phoenix, AZ
Greg Stanton

Pierre, SD
Laurie Gill

Pittsburgh, PA
Willliam Peduto

Portland, ME
Michael Brennan

Portland, OR
Charlie Hales

Portsmouth, NH
Jack Blalock

Princeton, NJ
Liz Lempert

Providence, RI
Jorge Elorza, Angel Taveras

Provo, UT
John Curtis

Rapid City, SD
Steve Allender, 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

Rockville, MD
Bridget Donnell Newton

Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Steve Zuckerman

Salinas, CA
Joe Gunter

Salt Lake City, UT
Ralph Becker

San Antonio, TX
Ivy Taylor

San Francisco, CA
Edwin Lee

San Jose, CA
Sam Liccardo

San Leandro, CA
Pauline Russo Cutter, Stephen Cassidy

Santa Fe, NM
Javier Gonzales

Scottsdale, AZ
W.J. Lane

Sheboygan, WI
Michael Vandersteen

Sioux Falls, SD
Mike Huether

Sonoma, CA
Laurie Gallian

Springfield, MA
Domenic Sarno

Springfield, OR
Christine Lundberg

St. Cloud, MN
David Kleis

St. Louis, MO
Francis Slay

St. Petersburg, FL
Rick Kriseman

State College, PA
Elizabeth Goreham

Sumter, SC
Joseph McElveen

Syracuse, NY
Stephanie Miner

Tenafly, NJ
Peter Rustin

Toledo, OH
Paula Hicks-Hudson, D. Michael Collins

Torrance, CA
Patrick J. Furey

Trenton, NJ
Eric J Jackson

Tualatin, OR
Lou Ogden

Tucson, AZ
Jonathan Rosthschild

Upland, CA
Ray Musser

Utica, NY
Robert M. Palmieri

Valdosta, GA
John Gayle

Virginia Beach, VA
William D. Sessoms, Jr.

Washington, D.C.
Muriel Bowser, Vincent Gray

West Chester, PA
Carolyn Comitta

West Covina, CA
Corey Warshaw

West Des Moines, IA
Steve Gaer

West Hollywood, CA
Lauren Meister, Lindsey P. Horvath

Wichita, KS
Carl Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC
Allen Joines

York, PA
C. Kim Bracey

What Mayors are saying


"Cities have an essential role in creating a better quality of life for aging residents. As Mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, I saw first-hand how poor planning and neglect in our nation's cities can devastate aging lives. The Milken Mayor's Pledge and the Best Cities for Successful Aging Report call attention to both our current shortfalls and to the best practices of city leaders who are proving we can do much better."
— Henry Cisneros

"Boston is a city that all ages call home, and we celebrate that diversity," said Mayor Walsh. "By providing seniors with housing options, opportunities for civic and social engagement, and transportation, we are ensuring that older adults continue to lead healthy and productive lives in Boston. I'm proud to lead and be a part of this great Age Friendly city."
— Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston, Massachusetts

"Boulder's commitment to being a welcoming and inclusive community encompasses providing opportunities and services for residents throughout their entire lives. From pursuing housing options that promote aging in place to creating life-enriching programming that builds multi-generational relationships, we are committed to supporting and celebrating our growing senior population." — Mayor Suzanne Jones, Boulder, Colorado

"Broken Arrow is proud to serve our older adult population. They give so much of their time and energy into making our city better, I believe their efforts have led to our community's many accolades as one of the best places to raise a family and one of the friendliest cities in the nation. Broken Arrow is committed to being one of the Best Cities for Successful Aging and will continue supporting age-friendly programs." — Mayor Craig Thurmond, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

"The City of Carlsbad, New Mexico, is committed to providing the highest standard of services and facilities for all of its citizens. Carlsbad is a wonderful city with friendly people and beautiful natural surroundings, and we all enjoy working together to focus on issues such as health care, culture, transportation and recreation."
— Mayor Dale Janway, Carlsbad, New Mexico

"One of my most important commitments as Mayor is to help legacy residents age in place. Who are legacy residents? They are individuals who are long time citizens who have remained committed to our city during its ups and downs and who have an affirmative decision to spend their golden years in Gary. We owe these residents a special debt of gratitude and support."
— Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Indiana

"People should be able to live where they choose, no matter their age — and they should know that everything from infrastructure to recreational activities will be available and accessible at every stage of life," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We launched Purposeful Aging LA to make sure that people of all ages are considered as we build the Los Angeles of the future. The Milken Institute's 2017 Best Cities for Successful Aging Report is a critical tool in helping us better understand the progress we're making toward making our city more livable for older adults." — Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, California

"Manhattan, Kansas takes great pride in engaging all residents to meet the needs of our community. We thrive on the rich experiences and knowledge of our older generation as we move forward in an ever-changing world. Our genuine friendly nature make Manhattan one of the best places to live. Whether it's helping shovel the snow or an indoor space for pickle ball, we look out for each other. We are an extended family."
— Mayor Usha Reddi, Manhattan, Kansas

"Most likely more than any other city in the U.S., Miami is identified as the paradise for retirees. We have a large population of aging residents who deserve and expect to have a good quality of services, care and life. We have been seriously committed to those goals and we are pleased and honored to join a nonprofit national organization with identical purposes."
— Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami, Florida

"The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging's 'Best Cities for Successful Aging' report underscores the critical need in cities across the country to ensure that our older population has the services and supports needed to live with dignity. I'm proud that Pembroke Pines has been an innovative leader in developing everything from specific aging services and programming to transportation and housing to assist this population. I hope that others will follow the example we're working hard to set." — Mayor Frank Ortis, Pembroke Pines, Florida

"A city that embraces diversity, from all perspectives, has a dynamic and strong foundation for a future that is vibrant. One dimension of diversity is the support and engagement of our seniors whose work, commitment and vision provided the base for our growth and success. As mentors, examples and leaders, our seniors affirm their lives are a fundamental part of the fabric of our city."
— Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia

"The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging's 'Best Cities for Successful Aging' report recognizes something all in Provo know. We live in a very special place. We value our health, economic vitality, housing infrastructure, and other amenities--but our sense of community makes Provo stand out. Provo cares. I'm proud that we've been recognized as a great place to age and very pleased to join the many other mayors across America who have signed the Center for the Future of Aging's 'Mayor's Pledge'." — Mayor John Curtis, Provo Utah