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Akron, Ohio

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan Selected for Inaugural Class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

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Mayor Horrigan is the only Ohio mayor to participate in year-long program that equips local leaders with the tools needed to address complex challenges

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 08-02-2017

Akron, Ohio, August 2, 2017 – The City of Akron is proud to announce that Mayor Dan Horrigan was selected through a competitive application process to participate in the inaugural Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. The Initiative—a  collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University—is a year-long program designed to equip mayors and their senior leaders with cutting-edge tools and techniques to produce real results for their citizens. The program aims to provide mayors with a “customized executive education focused on leadership and innovation in governance,” in light of the rising national demand for cities to be self-sufficient.

“Local governments matter, a lot,” Mayor Horrigan said. “The world is increasingly looking to cities to address complex community issues, while continuing to provide the highest-quality core services.  Meanwhile, local leaders are consistently at the center of global innovation and policy-making. Our residents rightfully demand that we utilize the best and most advanced processes and ideas to continually improve our community. This year-long program is a welcome opportunity to gain insight from other experienced leaders facing similar challenges and opportunities.” 

In July, Mayor Horrigan attended the kick-off weekend program in New York City, along with mayors from across the nation (including peer cities of Nashville, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh) and across the globe (including cities in Sweden, Brazil, and the United Kingdom). The trip and program are fully funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Mayor Horrigan was the only mayor from Ohio selected for the inaugural Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. A full list of participating mayors is available here.

“I’m truly honored to be learning and sharing innovative solutions alongside this fantastic group of peer leaders,” Mayor Horrigan remarked. “I am committed to nurturing a culture of collaboration and innovation in this city, and to finding ways to transform vision into action that truly makes a difference in people’s lives. I believe this opportunity will only make me a more informed, engaged and effective leader for Akron. Finally, I thank former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for his role in bringing this program together; without his vision and philanthropic support this initiative wouldn’t be possible,” Mayor Horrigan said.

In addition to collaborative group sessions, the world-class Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative program utilizes virtual courses, training for key staff, and an on-demand system of research and best practices to deliver an advanced education in leadership, governance, management and innovation. For more information about the program visit: https://ash.harvard.edu/cityleadership

Akron, Ohio, August 2, 2017 – The City of Akron is proud to announce that Mayor Dan Horrigan was selected through a competitive application process to participate in the inaugural Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. The Initiative—a  collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University—is a year-long program designed to equip mayors and their senior leaders with cutting-edge tools and techniques to produce real results for their citizens. The program aims to provide mayors with a “customized executive education focused on leadership and innovation in governance,” in light of the rising national demand for cities to be self-sufficient.

“Local governments matter, a lot,” Mayor Horrigan said. “The world is increasingly looking to cities to address complex community issues, while continuing to provide the highest-quality core services.  Meanwhile, local leaders are consistently at the center of global innovation and policy-making. Our residents rightfully demand that we utilize the best and most advanced processes and ideas to continually improve our community. This year-long program is a welcome opportunity to gain insight from other experienced leaders facing similar challenges and opportunities.” 

In July, Mayor Horrigan attended the kick-off weekend program in New York City, along with mayors from across the nation (including peer cities of Nashville, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh) and across the globe (including cities in Sweden, Brazil, and the United Kingdom). The trip and program are fully funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Mayor Horrigan was the only mayor from Ohio selected for the inaugural Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. A full list of participating mayors is available here.

“I’m truly honored to be learning and sharing innovative solutions alongside this fantastic group of peer leaders,” Mayor Horrigan remarked. “I am committed to nurturing a culture of collaboration and innovation in this city, and to finding ways to transform vision into action that truly makes a difference in people’s lives. I believe this opportunity will only make me a more informed, engaged and effective leader for Akron. Finally, I thank former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for his role in bringing this program together; without his vision and philanthropic support this initiative wouldn’t be possible,” Mayor Horrigan said.

In addition to collaborative group sessions, the world-class Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative program utilizes virtual courses, training for key staff, and an on-demand system of research and best practices to deliver an advanced education in leadership, governance, management and innovation. For more information about the program visit: https://ash.harvard.edu/cityleadership.

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street
Suite 200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 3303752325
E-mail: [email protected]

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