Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ballmer Group have announced the ten cities selected to participate in a new initiative to advance interventions that accelerate economic mobility for their residents.
Supported by $12 million in investments announced last fall to expand Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities — an effort focused on improving the use of data and data-based evidence by municipal governments — the initiative will support new, more effective interventions aimed at addressing rising income inequality and declining economic mobility. Selected for their commitment to the issue, willingness to use data and evidence to accelerate progress, and ability to dedicate a team to accomplish the initiative's goals, the participating cities are Albuquerque (New Mexico), Cincinnati (Ohio), Dayton (Ohio), Detroit (Michigan), Lansing (Michigan), New Orleans (Louisiana), Newark (New Jersey), Racine (Wisconsin), Rochester (New York), and Tulsa (Oklahoma).
Over the next eighteen months, each city will work to develop, pilot, and measure the early impacts of an intervention designed to improve residents' long-term economic mobility, ranging from efforts to increase parental engagement with high-quality early childhood education, to reducing eviction rates and ensuring that long-term residents share in the benefits of local economic growth, to developing a matched savings program that helps families weather financial shocks and build wealth. The cities will share lessons and experiences with one another to advance the work and are already working with a team of advisors from Results for America and the Behavioral Insights Team, both partners in What Works Cities.
"Through collaboration with residents, community organizations, and county partners — and with real-time data monitoring to determine what works, these cities can help scale and spread effective strategies for improving economic opportunity in the United States," said Jeff Edmondson, executive director of community mobilization at the Ballmer Group.
For more information on the projects each city will pursue, see the Bloomberg Philanthropies website.