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Baltimore gets Bloomberg funding to form innovation team

It's one of seven city governments in a new round of funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Baltimore City Hall.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Baltimore is getting more help from Bloomberg Philanthropies for civic innovation.
The city will receive up to $500,000 for three years to form an innovation team within City Hall. The Bloomberg Philanthropies “i-team” program announced expansion to seven new cities, which will bring it to a total of 20 cities.
“Mayors must always be looking for new ways to improve the critical services that people depend on,” Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. “Our Innovation Teams program helps mayors do that by giving city governments around the world the capacity to make their innovative ideas reality.”
The team will focus on addressing a specific challenge. Along with funding, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide technical assistance. The program also sets up a network for cities to share ideas. The team’s focus wasn’t immediately announced, but teams must be up and running by the spring.
Examples from other cities include a system in Syracuse, N.Y., that identifies breaks in water pipes, or a Mobile, Ala., project that uses Instagram to geo-locate blighted properties.
Baltimore also received support from Bloomberg Philanthropies through the What Works Cities program, which helps cities improve use of data. Michael Bloomberg, a famous Johns Hopkins alum, is known to have a soft spot for his former haunts.

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