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City of Reno participates in Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

City leaders will explore innovative approaches to revitalizing Truckee River

Post Date:10/29/2019 3:28 PM

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and the City of Reno are proud to announce their participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. The initiative blends the public administration expertise of the Harvard Kennedy School and the management expertise of the Harvard Business School with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global innovation network and experience in hundreds of cities around the world.

Schieve was one of 41 mayors who joined the third class of mayors in New York City from July 15-17, 2019. The intense three-day training session focused on leadership and innovation in governance.

“The July training was a great opportunity to learn from world-class experts about how to develop my leadership skills and bring that knowledge back to Reno to help make our organization more effective,” Schieve said. “But I know I can’t do it alone, so I’m asking our City of Reno leaders to help carry the momentum.”

Each year, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative offers leadership and management training to approximately 40 mayors from around the world, and to two senior officials from each mayor’s city who play a crucial role in affecting organizational change.

Over the course of a year, the program combines an intensive classroom experience with broader training to help each participating mayor and their senior leaders foster their professional growth and advance key capabilities within their city hall.

Participating mayors have leveraged the program to advance critical priorities in their cities. Mayors report that the program has helped them to:

  • Build and support high-performing teams
  • Increase leadership and management capacity in their city
  • Communicate with constituents and key partners
  • Use data to increase transparency, make better decisions, and manage performance
  • Effectively innovate by prototyping, implementing quickly, and learning from failure
  • Work across silos and break down barriers to collaboration within city hall and across the city

As part of the “innovation track” of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Mayor Schieve and Reno city leaders have chosen to focus their efforts on the Truckee River. The river flows through downtown and provides valuable drinking water for residents and businesses in the Truckee Meadows area, generates hydro power, supplies irrigation water, provides recreational experiences and serves as an important ecosystem for fish and wildlife.

“As our community grows and changes, it is becoming increasingly harder to keep this important resource clean,” Schieve said. “I have identified the Truckee River as a top strategic priority at the City of Reno, and I look forward to engaging our community and partners on innovative ideas and solutions related to the river.”

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