Now working in more than 20 cities across four countries, the Innovation Teams Program helps cities solve problems in new ways to deliver better results for residents. Bloomberg Philanthropies awards cities multi-year grants to create in-house innovation teams, or “i-teams,” which offer cities a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively and tackle critical challenges—from reducing violent crime to revitalizing neighborhoods to strengthening the growth of small businesses.
Launched in 2015 by Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Patrick H. West, Long Beach’s i-team works closely and supportively with their colleagues across city government. The i-team is currently working on its priority following its work on Economic Development, which produced initiatives like BizPort, an online business portal providing resources for entrepreneurs. The i-team’s work on the Economic Development Blueprint continues to drive investment by the City strengthening Long Beach’s economy.