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LOS ANGELES — Chicago has just received a $6 million, three-year grant from New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropy program. The grant, which will be augmented by raising an additional $3 million in private donations, will be used to help fund the city’s Innovation Delivery Team.
The Innovation Delivery Team helps mayors, in this case Mayor Rahm Emanuel, develop solutions to major urban challenges. Staffers help the mayor by generating innovative solutions, developing implementation plans and managing progress toward the defined targets.
Emanuel named Michael Negron as director of the team. Negron has lately served more than two years working for the Obama administration in the White House Office of Management and Budget. He also was the first staff member hired by Elizabeth Warren (currently campaigning to become the Senator of Massachusetts) who was heading the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Negron served as an officer in the Navy, worked for the defense department and holds a law degree from Harvard.
“I am excited that Michael has accepted the challenge to lead our Innovation Delivery team,” Emanuel said. “I’m committed to ensuring that city government does not stand in the way of job creation and innovation. This team will help create and implement reforms that will help us to more effectively deliver better services to taxpayers for less.”
Chicago will use its funds on two priority issues: reducing the time residents spend in line to access city services, and creating Energy Efficiency Target Zones throughout Chicago to significantly reduce energy use and save money.
Four other cities are included in Bloomberg Philanthropies $24 million three-year grants. They are Atlanta, Georgia; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; and New Orleans, Louisiana
“In each city, the Innovation Delivery Team will focus on top priority issues identified by city hall(s), achieving results and producing value,” according the organization.
Bloomberg’s philanthropy program is the core of the company’s culture, according to the organization, and supports charities and non-profit organizations throughout the world.