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2016 Mayors Challenge Entries in Latin America and the Caribbean Reveal a Focus on Addressing Social Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Growth – with a Strong Emphasis on Engaging Citizens in These Efforts

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 290 cities across Latin America and the Caribbean have submitted ideas to solve major challenges and improve city life for the 2016 Mayors Challenge. The ideas offer insight into the needs of communities and priorities of local leaders in the region.

363 Latin American and Caribbean Cities Enter Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2016 Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 363 cities across Latin America and the Caribbean have entered the 2016 Mayors Challenge. These 363 cities represent 40 percent of all eligible cities in the region – topping the 30 and 28 percent participation rates experienced in the United States and European Mayors Challenge, respectively.

The 2016 Mayors Challenge will award a $5 million USD grand prize and four $1 million awards to four other cities that generate powerful ideas. Participating mayors must submit a bold idea that addresses a serious problem, improves customer service for residents, creates significant government efficiencies, and/or increases public engagement.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative Releases New Study Highlighting the Data Gap in City Hall Decision Making

A report released by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative identifies the challenges and opportunities for closing the gap between cities’ desire to use data in decision making and actual ability to do so. The report finds that city leaders nationwide want to use data, evidence and evaluation to address challenges such as safety, economic development, and affordable housing, however many lack the resources, tools and expertise to turn their data into solutions. Findings were based on an analysis from The Bridgespan Group of detailed conversations with 39 cities visited by What Works Cities and supported by applications submitted by 115 cities, which represents 40 percent of mid-sized cities in the United States.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches 2016 Mayors Challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean

Michael R. Bloomberg launched Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2016 Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire Latin American and Caribbean cities to develop bold new ideas that solve major problems and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities. The competition includes a $5 million USD grand prize and four $1 million awards to four other cities that generate powerful ideas. The competition is one of the foundation’s flagship programs, reaching hundreds of cities in the U.S. and Europe.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Support to Thirteen New Cities through the What Works Cities Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that mayors from thirteen American cities have been selected to join What Works Cities and have publicly committed to enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision making and engage residents. The cities of Anchorage, Alaska; Bellevue, Washington; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Denton, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Independence, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lexington, Kentucky; Saint Paul, Minnesota; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; Tacoma, Washington; and Waco, Texas will receive support from world-class experts to address local issues including economic development, job creation, public safety, and affordable housing.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces First Cities Selected to Join What Works Cities Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the first cities selected to participate in What Works Cities – a $42 million initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve the lives of residents. The mayors of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Mesa, Arizona; New Orleans, Louisiana; Seattle, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma have publicly committed to enhance their use of data and evidence in order to improve services, inform local decision making and engage citizens.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Partners with the Government of India to Encourage Smarter Urban Development that Improves People’s Lives

Bloomberg Philanthropies detailed its partnership with the Government of India in support of the Smart Cities Mission, one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious urban development programs to improve quality of life in India’s fast-growing urban centers. Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing strategic and technical support in the design and delivery of a Smart Cities Challenge, through which central government will select 100 cities over the next three years to receive funding. The foundation also will provide support for cities to develop more innovative and impactful proposals. Bloomberg Philanthropies is leveraging both its expertise in designing large scale competitions for cities and its deep urban policy expertise and network to support the success of the Smart Cities Mission.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches $42 Million “What Works Cities” Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the What Works Cities initiative, a $42 million program to help 100 mid-sized cities better use data and evidence. What Works Cities is the latest initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation portfolio which promotes public sector innovation and spreads effective ideas amongst cities.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Highlights Urban Innovation Trends in Europe’s Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies and LSE Cities released Innovation in Europe’s Cities, a new report by LSE Cities on the way Europe’s cities continue to innovate out of the economic crisis and respond to the region’s pressing social, environmental, economic, and governance concerns. The report examines 155 submissions from the 2014 Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge – a competition that encourages cities to generate bold ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Innovation Teams Program to 12 New American Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 12 U.S. cities have been selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of its Innovation Teams program. The program aims to improve the capacity of City Halls to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives – relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges.

Five Cities Selected As Winners in Bloomberg Philanthropies 2014 Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the winners in its 2014 Mayors Challenge, an ideas competition that encourages cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life and that have the potential to spread to other cities.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Major New Investment In City Halls’ Capacity to Innovate

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a new $45 million investment to boost the capacity of city halls to use innovation to tackle major challenges and improve urban life. The foundation will direct significant funding and other assistance to help dozens of cities adopt the Innovation Delivery model, an approach to generating and implementing new ideas that has been tested and refined over the past three years in partnership with city leaders in Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans.

New Report from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Nesta Highlights 20 Leading Government Innovation Teams around the Globe

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, released a new report which highlights 20 of the world’s top innovation teams in government. The publication, i-teams: The teams and funds making innovation happen in governments around the world, showcases innovation teams established by city, regional, and national governments to develop and deliver new solutions to complex challenges.

Twenty-one European Cities Advance in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge Competition to Create Innovative Solutions to Urban Challenges

Bloomberg Philanthropies today revealed the 21 European cities that have emerged as final contenders in its 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life, and that ultimately can spread to other cities. One grand prize winner will receive €5 million for the most creative and transferable idea. Four additional cities will be awarded €1 million, and all will be announced in the fall. The finalists’ proposed solutions address some of Europe’s most critical issue areas: youth unemployment, aging populations, civic engagement, economic development, environment and energy concerns, public health and safety, and making government more efficient.

The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies Award Technical Assistance Grants to Seven More Cities Replicating the Financial Empowerment Center Model

The Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a significant expansion of their national Financial Empowerment Center programs to seven cities. Financial Empowerment Centers help citizens make financially sound decisions and counsel citizens struggling with debt. Cleveland, OH; Hartford, CT; Hawai’i County, HI; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA will be awarded in-kind technical assistance grants, valued at $600,000, which will support the cities’ efforts to provide free public financial counseling to citizens.

155 European Cities Submit New and Creative Ideas to Solve Pressing Urban Challenges through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that 155 cities across Europe have submitted ideas in the 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition that seeks to inspire European cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can spread to other cities. 70% of cities have generated ideas to address major social or economic challenges, including unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, and aging. The remaining 30% of cities’ initiatives focus on improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of government. Modeled on a successful inaugural competition in the United States, the Mayors Challenge will award €5 million for the grand prize winner and €1 million for four additional cities that come up with the most creative and transferable ideas.

Cities Of Service Appoints Myung J. Lee As Executive Director To Lead Major Expansion

After an extensive national search, Myung J. Lee has been selected to serve as the new Executive Director of Cities of Service – an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The organization will spin out of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which incubated the organization since 2010.

This spin out is driven by cities’ success with the organization’s model over the last four years and the subsequent increase in demand for its services from mayors and cities across the United States and the globe. To support this spin out and program expansion, Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing Cities of Service with a $4.6 million grant to help cover operational expenses for the next three years.

Cities of Service Awards $1 Million to 23 U.S. Cities to Implement Volunteer Initiatives That Address Pressing City Needs – Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies

After receiving a record-number of applications, <a title=”http://www.citiesofservice.org/” href=”http://www.citiesofservice.org/”>Cities of Service</a> today announced that $1 million were awarded to 23 U.S. cities in the second round of funding from the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund. Mayors will use the funds to implement “impact volunteering” strategies that tackle pressing local challenges. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will support efforts in Allentown, PA; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Birmingham, AL; Buffalo, NY; Campton Hills, IL; Charleston, SC; Fall River, MA; Flint, MI; Hartford, CT; Hayward, CA; Kalamazoo, MI; Kansas City, KS; Louisville, KY; Mesa, AZ; Milwaukee, WI; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, CA; San Jose, CA; Utica, NY; and Washington, DC.

More Than 180 European Cities from 29 Countries Enter Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge since Launch

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that 182 cities across Europe have already entered the 2013-2014<a style=”color: #1e0842″ href=”http://mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org” target=”_blank”> Mayors Challenge</a>, a competition that seeks to inspire European cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities. Modeled on a successful inaugural competition in the United States, the Mayors Challenge will award €5 million for the grand prize winner and €1 million for four additional cities that come up with the boldest and most transferable ideas.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge in Europe

Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the launch of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire European cities to come up with bold ideas that solve major problems and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities. Modeled on a successful inaugural competition in the United States, the Mayors Challenge (bloomberg.org/mayorschallenge) will award €5 million for the grand prize winner and €1 million for four additional cities that come up with the boldest and most transferable ideas.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Mayors Challenge Winners Providence, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Santa Monica

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the winners of the Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities to improve the well-being of the nation. More than 300 cities competed in this inaugural competition. Providence was presented the Mayors Challenge Grand Prize for Innovation and a $5 million implementation award for its cutting-edge early education initiative. Mayors Challenge innovation prizes also were awarded to Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Santa Monica, all of which will receive $1 million to support implementation. Sculptures created by world-renowned designer Olafur Eliasson were created to commemorate the Mayors Challenge winners.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Fan Favorite Selection for Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the launch of the Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite selection. The selection, launched in partnership with The Huffington Post, allows citizens to learn more about the bold and innovative ideas of the 20 Mayors Challenge finalists and vote for their favorite. Each finalist city will showcase its idea through an original video and a blog post from its mayor.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities’ CFE Fund Announce Five Cities Selected for $16.2 M In Financial Empowerment Center Grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities’ Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund today announced Financial Empowerment Center grants to five cities to replicate New York City’s evidence-based Financial Empowerment Center model. The model provides free, one-on-one financial counseling by trained professionals to low-income residents both at new local Financial Empowerment Centers and by integrating counseling into the delivery of municipal services.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects 20 Finalist Cities for Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the 20 cities selected as finalists for the Mayors Challenge, a competition created to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities across the nation.

Cities of Service Awards Nearly $1 Million to Help 18 Cities Implement High-Impact Volunteer Strategies

Cities of Service today announced the first round of Impact Volunteering Fund grants to 18 U.S. cities, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Grants from the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund will support mayors who are harnessing the power of volunteers to address priority problems in their communities. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will support efforts in Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Duluth, MN; Fall River, MA; Flint, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Kalamazoo, MI; Little Rock, AR; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pierre, SD; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; and Richmond, CA.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Mayors Challenge: Competition for American Cities to Solve Problems, Share Solutions

Michael R. Bloomberg today announced Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. The Mayors Challenge will award one $5 million grand prize and four $1 million prizes to the cities that come up with the boldest and most replicable ideas.

Young Men’s Initiative to Aid Young Black and Latino Males

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the launch of the Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men.

Bloomberg Philanthropies to Fund Innovation Delivery Teams in 5 Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a $24 million initiative to fund Innovation Delivery Teams that help mayors effectively design and implement solutions to pressing city challenges. The three-year initiative will fund teams, comprised of high-performing staff, in five cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans. To meet each city’s impact goals in priority areas, these teams will generate innovative solutions, develop implementation plans, and manage progress towards defined targets.

Ten US Cities Launch High-Impact Service Plans

Cities of Service today announced that ten U.S. cities this month have launched efforts to strategically engage volunteers to address the most pressing needs in their communities. Seven of these cities – Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Houston, Little Rock, and Orlando – released their “high-impact service plans” this week. All ten cities are recipients of Cities of Service Leadership Grants, funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The two-year grants enable cities to hire Chief Service Officers to work closely with mayors to develop and implement these service strategies.

17 Mayors From Across The Country Launch Cities Of Service To Mobilize Millions More Americans In A New Era Of Service

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today was joined by mayors from 16 cities across the country to launch Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of mayors representing more than 20 million Americans, who will work together to engage millions more volunteers in service. The founding mayors met for a half-day summit at Gracie Mansion where they signed a Declaration of Service, a commitment to finding new ways to tap the power of volunteers to address each city’s most pressing challenges. The coalition will share strategies on how best to engage citizens at the local level, and it will provide a platform for the mayors to make their voices heard – and their priorities known – in Washington. The coalition will utilize lead support from the Rockefeller Foundation to provide technical assistance and other support to member mayors, including funding full-time Chief Service Officers in select cities to develop and implement comprehensive service programs.

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