Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to receive Bloomberg Innovation Team grantsDec. 16, 2014
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, together with another 12 American cities are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday.
The Bloomberg Philanthropies grants range from $400,000 to $1 million annually for three years, expanding and internationalizing awards to five U.S. cities in 2011. The teams are styled as in-house innovation consultants who work on a series of mayoral priorities.
"Successful innovation depends as much on the ability to generate ideas as it does the capacity to execute them — and i-teams help cities do both," the former mayor said in a statement.
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel, were invited to apply after expressing interest, said Jim Anderson, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies' government-innovation programs.
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