Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop today announced that Jersey City is one of 12 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. Jersey City will receive up to $2.25 million to create an innovation team, or “i-team.”
“The City of Jersey City is honored to be selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies for this exciting project,” said Fulop. “Our focus has been on enhancing the quality of life and opportunities for residents, and this generous grant will allow us to make Jersey City’s services even stronger, particularly in the areas of public safety, youth development and economic development that benefits our inner city residents. The support from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ innovation team grant will help us enhance our approach and find better ways to serve all of our residents.”
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.