On Monday, October 10, as part of the Chicago Ideas Week annual gathering, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg participated in a panel discussion on what makes our cities great. The panel, moderated by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, and also featured Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Atlanta and Chicago are recipients of Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Innovation Delivery Team grants. Other cities receiving grants: Louisville, Memphis and New Orleans.
During the panel discussion, Friedman discussed his new book, That Used to Be Us before introducing a brief video highlighting the Innovation Delivery Team grants program.
The Mayor had this to say about the program and initiative:
Mayors are uniquely positioned to tackle some of our most pressing challenges - from growing jobs to fighting climate change to improving quality of life. This is a consistent theme of our efforts and investments through Bloomberg Philanthropies. This specific effort is geared toward fueling innovative solutions, spreading effective programs and strategies between cities and helping mayors work together in new ways to deliver solutions.
Watch this video on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Delivery Team grants for more information about the program.