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Columbia Mayor Selected for Bloomberg Harvard Initiative > Columbia Business Report

Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann is one of 40 mayors from around the world selected to participate in the sixth class of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

The year-long education and professional development program aims to equip mayors with the leadership and management tools needed to address the complex challenges of their cities and improve the quality of life of their residents.

To launch the program, Rickenmann and the other mayors are in New York this week with Harvard professors and well-known management experts for an immersive four-day classroom experience. Two senior leaders from each of the cities will also participate, with their classroom experience set to begin in August.

Rickenmann joins three other Southeast mayors who have been selected for the program: Andre Dickens of Atlanta, Elaine O’Neal of Durham, North Carolina and Kenneth Welch of St. Petersburg, Florida.

According to statistics from the Initiative, more than half of mayors identify as people of color and 30% come from international cities. Rickenmann is one of 16 participants who run cities with fewer than 200,000 people.

“With all of the pressing common challenges facing cities, the opportunity for mayors to exchange ideas and learn from each other and from experts is more important than ever,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York for three terms and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, said in a press release. “We look forward to working with them throughout the year and seeing the results in their cities.”

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is the flagship program of Harvard University’s Bloomberg Center for Cities and is a collaboration between the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.