Announcing the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Johns Hopkins University launched the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation to boost public sector innovation and civic engagement around the world. 

With an initial $43 million dollar investment over three years, the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation supercharges local government’s capacity to innovate by transforming the culture in municipal management, delivering exceptional results for residents, and deepening trust in public service worldwide.

In addition to creating new programming, the Center serves as the permanent home for several flagship Bloomberg Philanthropies government innovation programs.

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The Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University aims to advance the field of public sector innovation by marrying cutting-edge practice with world class research in order to transform the culture of government, deliver exceptional results for residents and inspire trust in public service.

Practice Areas

The Center for Public Innovation integrates the most successful global approaches in government innovation with new programming to help cities, focusing on five practice areas.

How We Support Cities

The Center builds the skills and capacity of the individuals and teams who staff cities and serve residents through a variety of services, including:

The Center’s grant programs bring state-of-the-art innovation and resident engagement practices into local government worldwide. These include support Love Your Block, which brings city leaders together with residents in dozens of cities across the country to build stronger neighborhoods; Innovation Teams, dedicated in-house teams that help mayors solve problems in new ways and deliver better results for residents in nearly 50 cities across four countries; and more.

The Center ensures the success of our grant programs and initiatives through personalized coaching for mayors, city leaders, and staff on program design and management, best practices, and creative problem solving. 

The Center offers training and professional development opportunities to build capacity for mayors, city leaders, and staff by focusing on human-centered design, effective resident engagement, data-driven decision making, and creative problem solving. Learn More 

The new Public Innovation Fellowship at the Center engages leading government executives and civic innovators from around the world in national and international thought leadership. This fellowship offers practitioners who have been working in fast-paced local government contexts with the space for deep reflection and research in an academic environment and new opportunities to contribute their insights to the field of government innovation.

The Center advances public sector innovation through world-class research, student and faculty engagement, peer-learning, and collaboration. Our collaborations include: 

Partnerships with think tanks like FutureGov and the Centre for Public Impact that allow the Center to extend its services across the Americas and Europe with evidence-driven initiatives and new research.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has established three new Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships at Johns Hopkins University for leading scholars who will contribute to the study of emerging issues in urban policy and government innovation.

Through our expert staff, the Center serves as a formal, strategic advisor for local government leaders and staff on a range of issues and practice areas, including design, innovation, resident engagement, and communications. Our individualized consulting helps cities deliver solutions to urgent and long-term issues in order to create a lasting impact and better the lives of residents.

The center will be the first of its kind in the world, and it will help meet the enormous demand we have heard from mayors and their staff for bold and creative new ways to tackle their most pressing challenges.
— Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th mayor of NYC and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
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