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The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, located at the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University, equips mayors and senior city officials to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their residents.

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Harvard professors Mitch Weiss, Rawi Abdelal, Amy Edmondson, and Jorrit de Jong during a teaching break at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative's program for mayors.

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We bring together Harvard faculty, staff, and students, alongside experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network, to work with 40 mayors and their teams each year.

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Around the world, cities are growing in size and importance, and mayors are leading the charge in addressing the most pressing issues we face, from creating jobs to fighting climate change. This program is aimed at helping them succeed. Michael R. Bloomberg
108th mayor of NYC and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies
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