Garcetti Announces City of Los Angeles Awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Grant

$2,550,000 grant to focus on neighborhood revitalization across Los Angeles

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Los Angeles –
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Los Angeles is one of 12 U.S. cities selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. The program aims to improve the capacity of city halls around the nation to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve neighborhoods and residents' quality of life – relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges. Los Angeles will receive up to $2,550,000 across three years to create an innovation team, or “i-team.” The i-team will initially focus on neighborhood revitalization.

"I'm thrilled that LA will join the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams program," said Mayor Garcetti. "This data-driven, results-oriented initiative will bolster my administration's work to solve the most pressing problems facing our neighborhoods and will help communities across LA become more prosperous and better places to live."

Innovation teams function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one city priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested Innovation Delivery approach, i-teams help agency leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships, and deliver measurable results.

In Los Angeles, the new i-team will initially focus on neighborhood revitalization across the city. LA's winning proposal envisioned creative thinking and collaborative implementation of new data-driven approaches to neighborhood revitalization that minimizes displacement and maximizes the economic and social benefits flowing to low-income residents of Great Street and Promise Zone neighborhoods-- including opportunities for starting or expanding local businesses and generating new and better jobs for local residents. It combines Mayor Garcetti's focus on livability, safety, prosperity and having the best-run city government in America.

Innovation team grants will also go to the U.S. cities of Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Centennial, CO; Jersey City, NJ; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Mobile, AL; Minneapolis, MN; Peoria, IL; Rochester, NY; Seattle, WA; and Syracuse, NY. Bloomberg Philanthropies also announced that two non-U.S. cities will receive innovation team grants: Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. In addition to the grants, cities receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities. Newly formed i-teams will hit the ground running in each city no later than spring 2015.

The innovation team grants are the second round made through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation portfolio, which focuses on promoting public sector innovation. The first round of grants were made to the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans. Successes include reducing retail vacancies in Memphis, minimizing unnecessary ambulance trips to the emergency room in Louisville, cutting licensing time for new restaurants in Chicago, reducing homelessness in Atlanta, and reducing the murder rate in New Orleans.

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