Mayor Kim Norton is one of 40 mayors chosen to participate in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

As a member of the Initiative’s 2019-2020 cohort, Norton is part of a class of mayors participating in a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, as well as world-class experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.

The yearlong program launched Sunday with a three-day gathering for the mayors in New York City..

The gathering was scheduled to include classroom sessions focused on the latest management and leadership practices, using case studies and workshops developed at Harvard.

“Being chosen for the program is an honor," Norton said. "I’m looking forward to the year ahead as a great opportunity for city leaders to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss how best to approach solving pressing problems for our residents.

"I look forward to bringing effective managerial practices back to our city in order to strengthen Rochester’s government and improve the lives of our residents.”

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative will connect Norton to some of the university’s top educators, coaching from experts, a network of peers, and technical assistance. The program provides an opportunity to share practices and learn from fellow mayors about the promising ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.

After the week's gathering, two senior-level city officials nominated by each mayor will attend a similar gathering in August and attend virtual classes throughout the year. The two local participants help Norton translate what they learn into organizational changes for Rochester.

Mayor Norton’s participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and that of her two senior leaders — including tuition, accommodations, meals and airfare — is fully funded by the program through Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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