Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University Launch Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Bloomberg Committing $32 Million for New Leadership Program for Mayors and Senior Aides
Aug 31, 2016 9:25 AM ET
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August 31, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University are jointly announcing the launch of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, an unparalleled collaboration to advance leadership, management and innovation in cities across America and around the world. Funded by a $32 million gift from Michael R. Bloomberg and administered through Harvard, the Initiative will equip city leaders with the tools, skills and support increasingly required to tackle the complex leadership and management challenges faced in governing cities around the globe.

Within the next four years, as many as 300 mayors and 400 top mayoral aides will participate in the Initiative’s executive training programs. This ambitious effort will generate the world’s largest hub of new and customized curriculum, instructional and technology tools – most of which will be made freely available to the world – and cases focused on innovative city leadership. The Initiative will also create student internships in mayors’ offices, on-demand programming for participating cities, significant new research on innovative city government, and an executive coaching program through which successful mayors mentor newcomers. Each year, a select number of mayors and key aides will be invited to New York to participate in interactive convenings.

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