Bloomberg Philanthropies


A Big New Crop of Cities Achieves 'What Works Cities' Certification

The Bloomberg Philanthropies certification program has added 16 cities to its growing list of cities committing to the use of data for improving municipal programs and services.

July 19, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

Emergency Housing

Hotels Could Play a Critical Role in Containing Coronavirus in Crowded Cities

Some cities are leasing entire hotels to provide rooms for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to infected people, to allow for safe and supportive isolation away from family or household members who risk being infected.

May 19, 2020 - Medium – Bloomberg Cities

Coronavirus COVID-19

States to Train Public Health Armies to Move Beyond Mitigation to Containment

As some governors open nonessential businesses, subjecting workers and customers to potential viral infection, others move beyond social distancing to the next steps, boxing in the coronavirus with testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.

April 27, 2020 - The Washington Post

Public Transit Ridership

Transportation Response Center Launched by NACTO, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Track the response of local transportation strategies responding to the massive shift in travel demand as a result of the pandemic.

March 31, 2020 - Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies

CityLab Sold to Bloomberg

A major shakeup of the urbanism media landscape was announced this week.

December 11, 2019 - Adweek

Minneapolis Alternative Transportation

A Test Ride for Mobility Hubs

Offering multiple, non-automobile options for transportation in one place is the idea behind mobility hubs. The city of Minneapolis is now testing the concept at four locations.

October 1, 2019 - Star Tribune

Vacant Home, Cleveland

In Mobile, an Institutional Revamp to Tackle Blight

Mobile, Alabama, has changed the way it deals with blight, and the results have been substantial.

June 17, 2019 - Fast Company

Michael Bloomberg Launches $500 Million 'Beyond Carbon' Campaign

The "War on Coal" is back, in the form of a new grassroots political campaign bankrolled by Bloomberg Philanthropies to decarbonize power generation by targeting existing coal power plants and halting the growth of natural gas replacements.

June 10, 2019 - The New York Times

Urban Data

2019 Certification for Cities Harnessing Data to Govern

The What Works Cities Certification recognizes cities across the country using data to inform local governance.

May 9, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive


Renewables Accelerator to Help Cities With Transition to Clean Energy

Cities across the country have ambitious goals to move to renewable energy, but support at the federal level is lacking. A new program will assist cities with procurement and regulation of renewables.

March 1, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

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