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Innovative Government

The role of cities – and innovative city governments – is more important than ever.

For the first time, cities are home to most of the world’s population. By 2050, it is projected that three of every four people will live in cities. This historic shift presents challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, city leaders must find ways to use limited resources to serve growing numbers of people. On the other, cities are drivers of progress and innovation, and hold the solution to many of the pressing issues we face – from confronting climate change and improving public health to creating jobs in a changing global economy. By helping city governments innovate, engage the public, make the most of their resources, and turn bold new ideas into policy, we can improve the lives of billions of people.



October 2019

CityLab DC, a two-day summit organized by The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies gathered over 500 city leaders, practitioners and civic leaders representing 169 cities across 30 countries. Over the course of the event, speakers engaged in conversations across dozens of topics focusing on the greater theme of urban innovation.

June 2019

Mike launched Beyond Carbon, the largest-ever coordinated campaign against climate change in the United States. With a $500 million three-year investment, the initiative will employ advocacy, legal, and electoral strategies to accelerate coal plant retirements, stop gas rush, and win policy changes.


May 2017

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Bloomberg Associates formalize a partnership to work together to enhance government services and improve city life for Parisian residents.


June 2016

Twenty finalist cities, representing 10 million people, are selected for the first ever Mayors Challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean.


April 2015

The Genesis Generation Challenge announces the nine winning teams of young adults who are committed to making the world a better place through innovative projects guided by Jewish values. The teams range from promising start-ups to well-established businesses and non-profits.

February 2015

In his role as the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Mike Bloomberg travels to India to highlight the country’s economic growth and deliver the keynote address at the RE-Invest forum in New Delhi.


June 2014

Mike Bloomberg and London Mayor Boris Johnson co-host the fourth Bloomberg Technology Summit in London. Bloomberg releases a new report, “London: Digital City on the Rise,” which found that London’s technology and information sector employs 382,000 workers, an increase of 11% since 2009.

May 2014

The Genesis Prize honors Mike Bloomberg’s achievements in public service, philanthropy and entrepreneurship. Mike invests the $1 million award to create the Genesis Generation Challenge, a competition to find and fund the next big idea that would better the world.

February 2014

Mike Bloomberg welcomes UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres at C40 Mayors Summit, the first time C40 actively engaged with the UN process.

January 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints Mike Bloomberg as his first Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, signaling cities significant role in keeping the planet from warming another 2 degrees Celsius.


September 2013

Mayor Bloomberg and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee co-host the second Bloomberg Technology Summit in New York City. A new economic report shows that New York’s tech/information sector has grown rapidly over the past five years and is now the second largest driver of the New York economy.

January 2013

Bloomberg Philanthropies announces Financial Empowerment Center grants to five cities (Denver, CO, Lansing, MI, Nashville, TN, Philadelphia, PA & San Antonio, TX) to replicate New York City’s evidence-based Financial Empowerment Center model.


October 2012

In 2012, Mayor Bloomberg hosts the inaugural Bloomberg Technology Summit, bringing together business, tech, government, and community leaders for an off-the-record conversation and collaboration on the future of technology, and its role in our economy.

June 2012

Bloomberg Philanthropies launches the Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. The Challenge awards funding to the cities that come up with the boldest and most replicable ideas.


December 2007

In Bali, Indonesia, Mayor Bloomberg urges larger focus on cities in fight against global warming to international delegates, as parties create a new roadmap to tackle climate change under Bali Action Plan.

October 2007

The New Housing Marketplace Plan expands to a $7.5 billion, 10-year plan to build and preserve 165,000 units by 2013. This is the largest municipal affordable housing plan in the nation’s history and provides affordable homes for 500,000 New Yorkers.


December 2006

Mayor Bloomberg unveils the New Housing Marketplace Plan, the City’s largest affordable housing program since the Koch Administration. The plan pledges to create or preserve 65,000 units of affordable housing by 2008, creating homes for almost 200,000 New Yorkers.