The planned elevation of Eldoret town to city status has gained momentum after a committee was formed to determine whether the County government has put in place the obligatory framework for the upgrade. Governor Jackson Mandago has in a Kenya Gazzette notice, dated July 22 appointed a Committee chaired by Prof. Leornard Mulongo of the Kenya Institute of Urban Plannersto establish whether the of Eldoret municipality meets the criteria for classification as the fifth city in Kenya after Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nakuru.The Committee is expected to make recommendations on the conferment of city statusto the Municipality of Eldoret, for a period of one year with effect from the 13th May, 2022,” stated the notice from Governor Mandago dated July 8, 2022. 

In September 2017, a Cabinet sitting approved the elevation of Nakuru and Eldoret municipalities to cities. The decision will bring the number of cities in the country to five, including Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.

Since 2018, Eldoret has embarked on fixing the streets and sewerage systems that had been abandoned for years. Uasin Gishu County contributed at least Sh100 million, as the town also received funding from the World Bank through the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) in a bid to meet the threshold for elevation to a city. Some of the infrastructure projects the county government has been undertaking include expanding the sewerage system, which was installed in the 1960s when the town population was barely 10,000 people, improving the drainage system, and procuring a new dumping site.The county government said the infrastructural projects are aimed at positioning Eldoret as the North Rift and Western regions' commercial hub.

A municipality board was inaugurated in August 2019, as the town christened the 'City of Champions' set its sights on achieving city status.