Supporting City Leaders
Mayors and local leaders are on the front lines. More than any other elected officials, they have the power to bring about real change and solve many of society’s biggest problems. They’re also often confronted by challenges out of their control. Those constraints come in many forms, but whether financial, societal, or governmental, our goal is to help them overcome whatever roadblocks they face by working with them to implement a flexible, innovative approach to governing and by providing them with the resources and support they need to do improve the lives of the people living in their cities.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has partnered with Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to provide mayors around the world with the resources, support, and expertise they need to help them grow as leaders and to implement proven, innovative strategies in order to solve the biggest problems their cities face.
The Local Infrastructure Hub: Support for U.S. Cities and Towns to Put Federal Funding to Work for Residents is a national program to ensure that all cities and towns can access federal infrastructure funding to drive local recovery, improve communities, and deliver results for residents. The Hub will bring together nonprofits, city networks, academics, and policy experts to provide direct support to communities as they develop applications, including one-on-one coaching, webinars, on-demand answers to pressing questions, data analysis, guidance from issue experts on a range of infrastructure-related topics, and easily accessible information on the rules and timeframes for specific funding opportunities.
The Bloomberg-Sagol Center for City Leadership at Tel Aviv University will strengthen local leadership across Israel by helping mayors deliver better public services to residents, strengthen social bonds, and deepen ties to the global community of innovative city leaders.
The Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University builds upon the success of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School established in 2017, and will strengthen the capabilities of mayors and their teams.
Every year, in partnership with the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg Philanthropies hosts CityLab, the preeminent meeting of city leaders and the top minds in urbanism and city planning, economics, education, art, architecture, public-sector innovation, community development, and business.
Due the COVID-19 pandemic, mayors across the country and around the world are confronting an unprecedented public health crisis — and, in the United States, they’ve been forced to do so without the full support of the federal government. Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping to fill that void by providing the guidance, expertise, information, and resources they need to save people’s lives.
Top photo: Mike Bloomberg addresses more than 40 mayors in cohort at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative program in New York City.