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Mayor Pugh Announces Bloomberg Philanthropies Grant to Assist Innovation

Monday, May 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Source: Mayor's Office of Innovation

BALTIMORE, Md. – Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced that Baltimore is one of seven cities from around the globe to have been selected to receive grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies to solve longstanding challenges. The multi-year grants help drive bold innovation, change culture, and tackle big problems to deliver better results for residents. The funding is designed to help cities address a range of urban issues from generational poverty to neighborhood revitalization.

“Innovation grants like these from Bloomberg Philanthropies will allow Baltimore to think big and act boldly to solve entrenched problems,” said Mayor Pugh.  “I want our city to be an international leader when it comes to innovation and developing best practices in the delivery of services to our residents.”

Now in the third round of funding, the Innovation Teams program allows mayors to fund in-house innovation teams — or “i-teams” – which investigate complex local challenges, design solutions with clear goals, and rigorously measure progress to better improve citizens’ lives.

New Innovation Team cities will receive up to $500,000 annually for up to three years. Cities receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities. Newly formed i-teams will hit the ground running in each city no later than spring 2017.

“Mayors must always be looking for new ways to improve the critical services that people depend on,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City. “Our Innovation Teams program helps mayors do that by giving city governments around the world the capacity to make their innovative ideas reality.”

The seven cities were selected from a pool of municipalities with a demonstrated commitment to designing and delivering bold solutions to complex problems. Eligible cities with at least 100,000 residents and with mayors who have at least two years left in office were invited to apply. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ i-teams expansion deepens the investment in the United States and Israel and, for the first time in the history of the program, introduces the program in Canada.

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