American Cities Initiative


The American Cities Initiative is an expansion of Mike Bloomberg’s support for U.S. cities at a time when they face steep challenges, and when the nation needs them to power solutions that move the country forward.

The initiative will help city leaders address climate change, combat obesity and gun violence, and catalyze new opportunities for artists and volunteers to work within their communities to solve problems. It will result in more grants, more coaching and technical support, and more opportunities for city leaders to learn from one another, to share lessons, and bring better practices back home.


The three key themes moving across the American Cities Initiative are:

  • Promoting bold leadership and effective problem solving
  • Supporting critical policy actions
  • Encouraging artists, residents, entrepreneurs and more to uplift cities and solve problems

As part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies conducted an in-depth examination of issues facing America’s city leaders in the largest survey of mayors and city managers.

The 2018 American Mayors Survey is the first to include small cities (30,000-plus residents) alongside larger metropolises. Mayors and city managers of 156 cities from all regions of the country participated. The findings will help promote bold leadership in America’s cities, advance critical policies and legislation and empower citizens to solve urban problems.

The full report can be found here.


Learn about some of the growing list of American Cities Initiative programs:


  American Cities Climate Challenge America’s Pledge American Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins
Arts Innovation & Management Beyond Coal Bloomberg Associates
Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Cities of Service City Energy Project
CityLab College Access and Success Everytown for Gun Safety
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Innovation Teams Mayors Challenge
My Brother’s Keeper Opioid initiative Partnership for Healthy Cities
Public Art Challenge  Sugary Beverage Taxes  What Works Cities

Watch as Mike Bloomberg announced the American Cities Initiative at the U.S. Conference of Mayors: