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August 20, 2014

Cities to Get $45-Million in Bloomberg Innovation Grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies will announce a new, $45-million grant round Wednesday in its program to help cities use big data and other tools to tackle persistent problems, the Associated Press writes.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation will offer 10 to 15 cities with populations of more than 100,000 up to $1-million annually for three years to create "Innovation Delivery teams" to create and manage new approaches to government functions.

Mr. Bloomberg inaugurated the program in 2011 with $24-million in grants to Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, and Louisville, Ky. James Anderson, the foundation's head of government-innovation programs, said the team approach "is one way mayors can increase the likelihood of generating more powerful ideas more often and reducing the risk of failure."