Philanthropist and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Israel on Sunday to announce the launch of the Bloomberg-Sagol Center for City Leadership at Tel Aviv University (TAU), a grassroots leadership program designed to help mayors in Israel to provide better and fairer services. public services to residents, strengthen social ties and deepen ties with city leaders in Jewish and Arab communities.
This program is based on a similar program established by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University in 2016 called the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiativewhich engages 40 mayors and 80 senior municipal officials each year.
The new TAU program will focus on building the leadership and management skills of 20 key mayors and senior assistants each consecutive year through five approaches: executive training led by Tel Aviv University and Harvard faculty on a date later in New York and Boston; support and training to carry out city innovation projects; offer TAU students 10-week summer internships in participating town halls; forge a network of local government alumni; and bring together academics and scholars from across TAU for applied research on topics relevant to urban leadership.
This program, which is funded by both Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Sagol Family Foundation, will cover all expenses for its participants.
“Mayors are on the front lines of every crisis, whether it’s terrorism or a pandemic,” said former Mayor Bloomberg, “The Bloomberg Harvard program has proven to be a phenomenal success, and now we are excited to team up with our partners in Israel on a new program that builds on our success and will help local leaders across the State of Israel.
“The job of mayor requires a wide range of managerial skills at the highest level and in our new program we intend to equip participants with useful information and a useful toolkit to make critical decisions and put implement innovation in the urban environment”, said the first director of the faculty. Moshe Zviran.