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City of Albuquerque Awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Grant

Educational and Economic Mobility to be Reenvisioned

December 15, 2014

Albuquerque – Today, Mayor Richard Berry announced that Albuquerque is one of twelve U.S. cities selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. The i-teams program aims to improve the capacity of City Halls to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives – relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges. Albuquerque will be granted $400,000 per year for three years to create an i-team, totaling $1.2 million dollars.

“I am thrilled to announce this new partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “The Innovation team will allow us to take a fresh new look at root causes of Albuquerque’s educational and employment gaps.”

Innovation teams function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one mayoral priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested Innovation Delivery approach, i-teams help agency leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships, and deliver measurable results.

In Albuquerque, the new i-team will focus on the city’s problem solving approaches, ensuring that the city becomes more adaptive to economic and social demands. The i-team will allow Albuquerque to approach problem identification and solving in a more strategic and holistic way, helping the city to identify and address root causes of issues of education and employment, and how other seemingly unrelated issues may impact the community. The i-team will provide Albuquerque with a clear headed approach and resources to identify gaps in Albuquerque’s decision making infrastructure in regards to educational and employment opportunities.

Innovation team grants will also go to the cities of Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Centennial, CO; Jersey City, NJ; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Mobile, AL; Minneapolis, MN; Peoria, IL; Rochester, NY; Seattle, WA; and Syracuse, NY. Bloomberg Philanthropies also announced that two non-U.S. cities will receive Innovation Team grants: Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel.  In addition to the grants, cities receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities. Newly formed i-teams will hit the ground running in each city no later than spring 2015.

The i-team grants are the second round made through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation portfolio, which focuses on promoting public sector innovation. The first round of grants were made to the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans. Successes include reducing retail vacancies in Memphis, minimizing unnecessary ambulance trips to the emergency room in Louisville, cutting licensing time for new restaurants in Chicago, reducing homelessness in Atlanta, and reducing the murder rate in New Orleans.




About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies' mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2013, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $452 million. For more information on the philanthropy, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.