The Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance announced Tuesday it’s selected 20 additional cities and their mayors, bringing the total number of participants to 42 cities across seven countries.
The program aims to help cities in North and South America with populations of at least 100,000 use data to improve resident outcomes. As part of the program, mayors receive executive education and coaching on how to leverage data to strengthen city government operations, innovate public services and produce better outcomes for residents in areas such as health care, waste management systems, affordable housing or homelessness, according to a news release.
The program’s second round of U.S. participants include the mayors of Buffalo, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina; Glendale, California; Jackson, Mississippi; Little Rock, Arkansas; Montgomery, Alabama; Rochester, New York; Seattle; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Syracuse, New York; and Washington. The group also includes several South American mayors: one from Argentina, four from Brazil, three from Chile and one from Peru.
“These 20 mayors were selected because of their leadership using data to inform decision-making and respond to challenges, and this program will help them take that work to the next level,” Michael Bloomberg said in the news release. “The Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance provides tools, support, and peer networking to help mayors achieve their goals by using data even more effectively.”
The program kicked off in 2022 after a $60 million investment from Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and founder of both Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program claims among its partners the Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, the United Kingdom’s Behavioural Insights Team and Public Digital, a London digital services firm.