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December 16, 2014 10:28 am

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Receive ‘Innovation Teams’ Grants From Bloomberg Foundation

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Daily News. – Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation chose Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Yafo as the only two non-American cities among a group of 14 that will be part of the $45 million expansion of the Innovation Teams program, which “aims to improve the capacity of City Halls to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives.”

The program, often called “i-teams,” relies “on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges,” Bloomberg Philanthropies said. For up to three years, Jerusalem will receive $850,000 per year to focus on poverty and economic development, and Tel Aviv will be awarded $650,000 annually to work on the issues of cost of living and illegal immigration.

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“This grant is an investment in the future of the city of Jerusalem, as well as recognition that Jerusalem is a hub for innovation,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said.

“More and more city governments around the world are eager to innovate, so we’re excited to expand the program beyond U.S. borders by bringing i-teams to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Yafo,” Michael Bloomberg said.

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