Forum 15 brings together 15 self-government cities in Israel, which receive no balancing grants or development grants from the government and are managed as closed economies on the basis of their independent financial resources.
The following cities are members of the forum: Ashdod, Beer Sheva, Givatayim, Herzliya, Hadera, Holon, Haifa, Kefar Saba, Netanya, Petach Tikva, Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, Ramat Gan, Raanana and Tel Aviv – Yafo.
The Forum represents most of Israel’s large cities, as well as most of the metropolitan catchments – Haifa and surroundings, Tel Aviv and the center, and Beer Sheva and the south.
These cities house nearly 3 million residents (approximately 40% of Israel’s population) and many further surrounding populations make daily use of the municipal and metropolitan services that the cities of the Forum provide. The populations served in practice by the cities of the forum are estimated at 70%-80% of the state’s total population.
The long list of nationally important organizations and public institutions active in the Forum’s member cities includes centers of education, research and development; Israel’s leading universities; theaters, and national cultural centers; advanced industrial and hi-tech zones; large medical centers and hospitals; and more. They are in operation thanks to, among other things, the advancement, assistance and support they receive from the municipalities.
The magnitude of the populations served by the Forum’s cities, together with the cities’ central role in the national arena, puts the cities of Forum 15 at the forefront against the national challenges of the State of Israel, which include economic development, job sources development, R&D, health, education, culture, transportation, environmental quality, sanitation, infrastructure development, urban planning, dealing with welfare situations, immigrant absorption and more.
By meeting those difficulties and challenges, and despite the fact these cities receive no financial aid from the government, in recent years these fifteen cities have become an island of stability and success in the public and local fields.
The chirman of Forum 15 is Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
The general manager of the Forum is adv. Eitan Atia.
Forum 15 is based at the Union of Local Authorities in Israel.