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News from the initiative
How mayors lead: Emerging insights from the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
"You can only really achieve your goals if you unlock the contribution of both the community and city organization" -- this and other insights from the first class of 40 mayors, who were asked about their biggest takeaways from the program thus far.
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hear from city leaders
The classroom experience in mayors' own words
After the start of the inaugural program, several participating mayors share their thoughts on the in-person classes, saying they were able to learn "just from being around other mayors" and noting that this program is the first of its kind.
A task force with teeth?:
Blight, data, and driving city performance in Lawrence, Mass.
BY JORRIT DE JONG, LISA COX, ALEX GREEN, AND WARREN DENT
After taking office, Mayor Daniel Rivera creates a new task force to combat blight in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Although blight was not on Rivera’s campaign agenda, he soon realizes that the issue is worth his attention, but creating a task force from entrenched groups poses challenges.
In the press
A summer of service to cities
Sixteen Harvard students embedded themselves for 10 weeks this summer in mayors’ offices around the country, targeting persistent local problems. These efforts ranged from understanding poverty in Laredo, Texas, to confronting an affordable housing shortage in Charleston, S.C., to improving Kindergarten readiness among low-income children in Baton Rouge, La.
Studying the art and science
of city leadership.
The Initiative's deep bench of faculty hail from varying disciplines within business and public policy. They're here to provide high-level executive education, to help mayors help cities.