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Amsterdam Shows Where ‘Digital Urban Planning’ is Headed

October 5, 2022

With cutting-edge initiatives on smart mobility, reducing waste, artificial intelligence, and more, Amsterdam City Hall has a worldwide reputation as a leader in public-sector innovation. That’s why the Bloomberg CityLab summit will be held in Amsterdam next week. It’s the perfect place for global mayors, city innovators, business leaders, urban experts, artists, and activists to learn, share, and be inspired to find new ways of tackling their cities’ toughest challenges.

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Founder's Projects

How Data Can Help Close the Racial Wealth Divide

September 15, 2022

Launched by our Greenwood Initiative, the Black Wealth Data Center’s new Racial Wealth Equity Database will serve as a resource to empower leaders who are working to ensure that data can be used to drive solutions for racial wealth equity.

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Founder's Projects

Follow the Data Podcast: Providing Greater Access to Racial Wealth Equity Data

September 15, 2022

On this episode of Follow the Data, Garnesha Ezediaro, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative, is joined by Natalie Evans Harris, the Executive Director of the Black Wealth Data Center, who brings nearly 20 years of experience advancing the public sector’s strategic use of data, and Gary Cunningham, President and CEO of Prosperity Now.

They discuss how the Black Wealth Data Center will give leaders access to tools and data they need to speed up progress towards increasing Black wealth, what types of data people will be able to access on site, the importance of data in the fight for racial wealth equity, and more.

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Government Innovation

Leading confidently with data: 3 steps for every city leader

September 7, 2022

We’re doubling down on our work with mayors in the new Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance. The program’s aim is to identify 100 cities across North, Central, and South America that are the most sophisticated, ambitious, and advanced at harnessing data, and enable their top leaders to chart the next frontier of public-sector data practice.

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EnvironmentGovernment Innovation

4 ways cities are funding climate action

August 24, 2022

When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, city leaders heralded the new law’s massive investment in addressing climate change, including billions of federal dollars municipalities can tap into for climate projects. Yet in some ways, the feds were just catching up to what cities have been doing on their own for years. City leaders were already moving urgently to slash greenhouse-gas emissions and find ways to pay for it when federal support was scarce.

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Education

Why Mike Bloomberg is Committed to Supporting Charter Schools

August 12, 2022

Mike Bloomberg believes that every student deserves the chance to get a high-quality education, no matter where they live or how much their family earns – and our $750 million investment in public charter schools will help make that a reality for students across the country.

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Government Innovation

Borrow this idea!

August 3, 2022

The more city leaders learn from each other, the faster they can innovate and the more ambitious they can be in solving problems and creating opportunities for their residents.

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Public Health

Follow the Data Podcast: Secrets of the Retail Food Environment

July 29, 2022

In this episode, Kristine Momanyi of the Bloomberg Philanthropies public health team sits down with Sara John, the Senior Policy Director at CSPI – the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Ingrid de Santiago, the Program Coordinator at Bay Area Community Resources, and Anjelika Khadka, a youth advocate taking a stand for healthier food environments in her community. They discuss the deceptive marketing practices food and beverage manufacturers employ to sway shoppers’ decisions in grocery stores and CSPI’s request to the Federal Trade Commission to bring these practices to light. Ingrid and Anjelika also tell us more about the Bay Area’s initial reception to the healthy checkout ordinance and learnings from advocating for local healthy food policies.

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Government InnovationBloomberg Associates

Fine Tuning City Grants Management

July 28, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently hosted a workshop on ways local government can effectively identify, distribute, manage, and track the current high levels of funding. The session for over 150 city officials was part of the Federal Assistance e311 program.

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Arts

Surrounding a School with Safer Streets in Baltimore

July 22, 2022

The Asphalt Art Initiative supports cities using art and community engagement to improve street safety and revitalize public space. Through colorful crosswalks, intersection murals, and artistic pedestrian plazas, asphalt art is a relatively inexpensive way to create temporary improvements to city streets that make them safer and more welcoming for the residents and visitors who use them every day.

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