Our History

Thriving Cities Group started as a research project at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture (IASC) at the University of Virginia in 2012 and then re-established itself as an independent initiative of IASC in 2016 called Thriving Cities. In early 2018 it evolved from an independent initiative to an independent nonprofit organization (501c3) and retitled itself Thriving Cities Group with its Thriving Cities Labs still closely connected with IASC. 

Today, Thriving Cities Group works to translate its rich history in academic research into practical tools that can help cities thrive through more effective community investment.

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