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July 12, 2019 - Recognition once again as the best run city in Texas could not have come at a better time for Arlington. That’s because the city has been named a finalist, along with Denver, for the future location of the National Medal of Honor Museum. In addition to WalletHub’s announcement, which came at the first of this month, just days later the International City/County Management Association awarded the city its Certificate of Achievement in Performance Management. In April, as I wrote then, Arlington became the first city in Texas to achieve Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities certification.

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July 3, 2019 - A group of major philanthropic organizations recently announced support for 10 local government projects aimed at boosting economic mobility in American communities. As part of this effort, the participating cities are currently being coached in how to use data to better serve their work. This effort is a joint collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ballmer Group, which together have invested $12 million in the work. Last month, organizers announced that the participating cities will be Albuquerque, N.M.; Cincinnati; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit; Lansing, Mich.; New Orleans; Newark, N.J.; Racine, Wisc.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Tulsa, Okla.

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June 26, 2019 - Money from some of the world’s biggest philanthropies will be spent on addressing greater economic mobility for Lansing residents. Lansing was selected as one of the 10 cities nationwide to participate in the initiative. The cities will share funding from a grant of $12 million donated in partnership by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Ballmer Group. According to a press release by Mayor Andy Schor, the next 18 months will see Lansing increase access for residents to financial empowerment tools lead by the City of Lansing Office of Financial Empowerment with the funding.

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June 25, 2019 - Clarence Wardell, Director of City Solutions at Results for America, joined the Smart Cities Week Podcast ahead of his appearance in The Real-Time City session at Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C.

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June 24, 2019 - Rochester is one of ten American cities selected to participate in an initiative to identify and measure ways to accelerate the economic stability of its residents, according to Mayor Lovely Warren. The initiative is sponsored through Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ballmer Group. The Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Community Wealth Building has found that financial instability is a major challenge for many families in Rochester. Kate May, chief performance officer for the city, says the idea is to help these families be better prepared for emergencies.

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June 24, 2019 - Cincinnati officials are turning to data analytics as a way to develop evidence-driven programs that improve the ability of community members to improve their economic statuses. As one of a handful of cities participating in a new national initiative announced last week that uses data to address challenges surrounding economic opportunity, Cincinnati is aiming to connect low-income workers with job-readiness and job-placement services. “The city of Cincinnati has a robust system to track a multitude of data about what is happening locally,” Audrey Treasure, executive director of the Cincinnati USA Regional, said.

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June 20, 2019 - A new $12 million philanthropic endeavor has announced 10 cities in which it will support economic mobility projects. The endeavor is a collaborative effort supported by three charitable organizations: Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ballmer Group. The 10 cities it will be working with are Albuquerque, N.M.; Cincinnati; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit; Lansing, Mich.; New Orleans; Newark, N.J.; Racine, Wis.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Tulsa, Okla. In a press release announcing the selections, organizers described this work as “a new national initiative to identify, pilot, and measure the success of interventions to accelerate economic mobility for their residents.”

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June 20, 2019 - Bloomberg Philanthropies Opens a New Window. , the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ballmer Group on Tuesday unveiled the 10 U.S. cities chosen for a national initiative that aims to boost residents’ “economic mobility.” “The new initiative, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ballmer Group, seeks to respond to the strong demand among local leaders for new, more effective interventions to address rising income inequality and declining economic mobility,” a news release from the organizations said. Last year, the trio jointly promised a $12 million investment toward the project.

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June 19, 2019 - Racine is among 10 cities chosen to pilot a national economic mobility initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ballmer Group. The city will participate in the $12 million national initiative aimed at identifying, piloting and measuring the success of interventions to accelerate economic mobility, Mayor Cory Mason and the funding partners announced Tuesday. Over the next 18 months, Racine will partner with several organizations to help residents attain their high school equivalency diploma.

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June 19, 2019 - Getting a tax refund can ease some financial stress, but the bills tend to the outlast the cash. Then there’s always a surprise expense. The city of Rochester is working on a pilot program that will help low-income families by spreading out their refund and matching some of the money they put away for a rainy day. Rochester was one of 10 cities selected for a matched savings program geared to families who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is for low- or moderate income workers who meet specific requirements. The program is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ballmer Group.

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