NEW YORK CITY— Mayor Robert Garcia is one of two California mayors selected to join 40 mayors from around the world for the inaugural Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.
"Cities are increasingly leading the way on innovation and addressing challenges important not only to cities, but our country and world as a whole," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "I'm grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for the opportunity to grow and learn from other leaders as we work together to combat some of our most pertinent issues."
The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a joint project of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University, selected the mayors via a competitive application process for a year-long immersive, in-person executive education program. The program is designed to equip mayors with tools and strategies to help solve cities' most pressing challenges, deliver exceptional results for residents, and create a culture of high performance and innovation.
The $32 million collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University was announced in 2016 and opened its application process to mayors of cities with 100,000 residents or more. Long Beach joins various cities from across the world including Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Memphis, Santiago (Chile), and Warsaw (Poland).
In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the City of Long Beach partnered to launch a Long Beach Innovation Team (i-Team) with a $3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, as part of a combined commitment to solving urban challenges.
The kick-off program, hosted in New York will include course sessions by leading Harvard Faculty and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
The selected mayors will reconvene later this summer with key staff members in continuation of the executive leadership initiative.
The trip and program are being funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
About the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia
Dr. Robert Garcia, 39, is an educator and the 28th mayor of Long Beach. Mayor Garcia has taken a progressive approach to promoting economic development, sustainability, education, and investments in technology. He is committed to moving Long Beach forward by attracting tech and green jobs, creating new educational partnerships, and making government more efficient.