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June 15, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Mayors Challenge Names Top 50 Global Urban Innovations Emerging From Pandemic.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021

Photo: Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute, and The Atlantic co-host CityLab 2017 in Paris. Image provided by & copyright © Bloomberg Philanthropies. [File Photo]

Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021

Photo: Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, hosted over 130 advisors and staff from the CollegePoint Initiative for the program’s 2020 Midyear convening. CollegePoint is a virtual advising initiative that aims to increase the number of high achieving low and moderate-income students who attend top colleges across the USA. Image provided by & copyright © Bloomberg Philanthropies. [File Photo]

NEW YORK, June 15, 2021, — Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the 50 Champion Cities, representing the boldest urban innovations of the past year, which will advance to the final stage 2021 Global Mayors Challenge. This worldwide innovation competition encourages and spreads the cities’ most promising ideas. This year’s program focuses on elevating the essential public innovations generated in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The 50 cities named hail from 29 nations on six continents. They emerged from a highly competitive applicant pool: Mayors from 631 cities in 99 countries submitted their most promising ideas for consideration which is near twice the number of cities that applied in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ last Mayors Challenge, held in the United States in 2018. The finalists were elevated based on four criteria: vision, the potential for impact, feasibility, and transferability.

The ideas provide a powerful snapshot of the innovation priorities of the world’s cities. At the global level, innovations focusing on improving health and reducing unemployment were most common. Racial justice emerged as the highest priority for U.S. cities, while social inclusion topped the European submissions. In Africa, where the world is experiencing its fastest rates of urbanization, infrastructure was dominant. Nearly half of the recommendations were generated in part through participatory processes with residents.

“These 50 finalists are showing the world that in the face of the pandemic’s enormous challenges, cities are rising to meet them with bold, innovative, and ambitious ideas,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City. “By helping these cities test their ideas over the coming months, we will have a chance to identify cutting-edge policies and programs that can allow cities to rebuild in ways that make them stronger and healthier, and more equal and just.”

• The 50 Champion Cities of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge are:

• Africa (16% of Finalists):

• Asia-Pacific (16% of Finalists):

• Europe (16% of Finalists):

• South America (16% of Finalists):

• Middle East (4% of Finalists):

• North America (32% of Finalists):

The Mayors Challenge selection committee helped Bloomberg Philanthropies select the 50 finalists. The selection committee includes a wide range of global experts:

“The level of creativity and innovation among this year’s fifty Champion Cities is a clear sign that cities are continuing to step up amid even the biggest challenges,” said Mellody Hobson. “I look forward to seeing these ideas begin to come to life in the next phase of the competition.”

“With fifty Champion Cities come fifty exciting opportunities to foster innovative ideas,” said David Miliband. “The next Champion Phase will equip city leaders with critical tools to test, learn, and grow these solutions.”

The 50 finalist cities will now enter a four-month testing phase to refine their ideas with technical assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies and its network of leading innovation experts. Fifteen of the 50 cities will ultimately win the grand prize, with each receiving $1 million and robust multi-year technical assistance to implement and scale their ideas.

“This is always a fascinating phase of the Mayors Challenge, helping mayors push their innovations to even greater heights,” said James Anderson, head of Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “While 15 cities will ultimately take home grand prizes, all 50 cities receive world-class coaching and support to improve their ideas and their potential to improve lives.”

The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge builds on the success of four previous Bloomberg Philanthropies Challenges in the U.S. (2013 and 2018), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). Previous Mayors Challenge grand prizewinners include Los Angeles, USA, Stockholm, Sweden, and Barcelona, Spain.

Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 810 cities and 170 countries worldwide to ensure better, longer lives for the most significant number of people. The organization focuses on five critical areas for creating lasting change: the Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation, corporate, and personal philanthropy, as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world. In 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $1.6 billion.

Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies

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