American Cities Initiative was made for Cincinnati, Region
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sees cities as the United States’ engines to move the country forward. He believes this so deeply that he has pledged $200 million to catalyze municipal innovations that:
Equip mayors to solve their most important problems;
Advance important policies;
Empower residents to become a part of this work.
Bloomberg kicked off his American Cities Initiative with the launch of the 2017 Mayor’s Challenge. The Challenge looks to American cities for new ways to tackle big problems, and the ones with the most promise will be designated “champion cities” and awarded competitive grant funding. The city of Cincinnati is well-positioned to become a champion city.
Cincinnati has already implemented ways for the municipality’s leaders and residents alike to have a say in the smart governance of their city. The city’s Cincy Insights dashboards, launched by the city’s Office of Performance & Data Analytics, visualizes citywide data to “monitor performance, improve service delivery, promote transparency, drive innovation, and creatively problem solve.”
This tool alone would satisfy Bloomberg’s three criteria. But that’s just the beginning for Cincinnati, which has been intentional in its progress toward becoming a smart city and the hub of the world’s first smart region. Cincinnati’s leadership has embraced Smart Cincy, the first Regional Smart Cities Initiative, as have leaders in municipalities throughout southeast Indiana, northern Kentucky, and southwest Ohio. Smart Cincy has engaged stakeholders in the public and private sectors alike, aligning interests around available resources and addressable opportunities areas.
Because of its preparations, Cincinnati is well positioned to not only become a champion city, but to win the multi-million-dollar grand prize of the 2017 Mayor’s Challenge.
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