05 August 2017

Mayor John Giles Knows Whats What : BLOOMBERGIZE Mesa

He Retweeted this yesterday from some dude named @BigSurfDon
https://twitter.com/BigSurfDon
IT Business Partner ; proponent; fan; avid ; autodidact polymath; 20 years Federal govt; 19 Municipal govt
of knows what's what 👏🏼  

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Mayors to Washington (and Trump): You need to listen to us


"America’s mayors have one message for Washington: you need our help to solve the country’s problems.
“We’re not a special interest group, we’re the best partner that they have to deliver to our identical taxpayers services that are much, much needed,” said Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans and president of The United States Conference of Mayors in an interview with POLITICO.
Landrieu and other members of the conference met with senators and staff during a trip to Washington earlier this week, pushing three priorities that affect urban and suburban Americans: tax reform, infrastructure and health care."
Mesa Mayor John Giles actually got quoted twice: not about tax reform where the city has one of the worst CAFR positives out of the 50 largest cities, not about infrastructure expanding suburban sprawl, and not about healthcare except where the City's biggest job-provider is threatened by huge cuts in federal funds by a Republican regime he help get elected. Furthermore, Giles is not widely considered a collaborator nor has he a good reputation or history of engaging citizens in city government - he has admitted that shortcoming publicly. In his State-of-the-City Speech 2017 he has likewise said he needs ideas... perhaps "getting educated" on-the-job might help. Results so far? Not clear  
1. “If you need an aircraft carrier, it is great that we have the federal government. If you need a driver’s license, I’m really glad the state can take care of that,” said John Giles, the mayor of Mesa, Arizona. “Nearly every other service that people receive from government on a daily basis comes by and through the cities.”
2. I think the answer is we all need to be a little more collaborative,” said Giles. “We need to reject the model that the federal government has kind of fallen into, particularly in the last year or so, of taking a small group of men and sending them into a room and closing the door and thinking that’s the best way to solve the problem.”
The conference pledged to be a continued presence in Washington, pushing lawmakers to work from the bottom up . . .  
Mayors said the most effective way to tackle these large problems would be to work in local governments earlier in the process because ultimately, local governments are the ones that interact most with citizens.
NOT HERE IN MESA
The conference which met with the offices of the following Senators said
they received no specific promises on legislation on their initiatives.
Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.),
Lamar Alexandar (R-Tenn.),
Bob Corker (R-Tenn.),
Gary Peters (D-Mich.),
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and
Tim Scott (R-S.C.) --
 
Just checking the official Twitter page for John Giles as Mesa Mayor
John Giles. 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona
Mesa, AZ
Met w/ & on infrastructure, tax reform & healthcare. Great items for cities & Congress to partner
9:42 AM - 2 Aug 2017
1 Retweet  7 Likes
 
Mayor John Giles Re-Tweeted
Landrieu and other members of the conference met with senators and staff during a trip to Washington earlier this week, pushing three priorities that affect urban and suburban Americans: tax reform, infrastructure and health care.
“If you need an aircraft carrier, it is great that we have the federal government. If you need a driver’s license, I’m really glad the state can take care of that,” said John Giles, the mayor of Mesa, Arizona. “Nearly every other service that people receive from government on a daily basis comes by and through the cities.”
4:04 AM - 4 Aug 2017

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05.15.17
Why Bloomberg Philanthropies’ James Anderson Tops Our List Of The Most Creative People In Business 2017
He’s leading the world’s cities toward solutions
What Anderson and his crew at Bloomberg Philanthropies are doing is creating an ecosystem to help mayors become “much more agile, creative, and in partnership mode [with other mayors],” Anderson explains...
Today, most local governments are aware of only 3% of the various interventions being applied around the world, according to Citymart, a public-solutions procurement firm...Anderson’s goal is toBloombergizeurban development, as he puts it, empowering municipalities to create models that others might later adopt. “Cities should not have to reinvent the wheel time and time again,” he says. “I am obsessed with the notion that [cities and mayors] can serve as distribution networks for ideas that work.”
Since joining Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2010, Anderson has devised and led ambitious programs that have channeled more than $215 million to urban projects reaching 290 cities across 25 countries. They include the Mayors Challenge, which awards cash prizes to metro areas with the most forward-looking and potentially replicable plans to improve city life, and What Works Cities, which provides smaller cities with data-driven ways to improve services and planning
“One of the things that I learned from Mike Bloomberg is that borrowing ideas is a badge of honor,” says Anderson, a onetime activist with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network who spent eight years working alongside the former mayor of New York City, first as a senior adviser in the homeless division and then as communications director.
Anderson, who has at times held private, closed-door meetings with mayors to answer their most basic questions, is now investing further in their potential. In July, his organization will launch the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a sort of mayoral MBA program for top city officials that will offer free virtual classes and executive coaching sessions developed in tandem with Harvard Business School and its Kennedy School of Government. Jorrit de Jong, who leads Harvard’s government innovation studies and will oversee the program, says that modern city planning without data analysis is like driving a car blindfolded. “It’s really important that the mayor gets it,” de Jong says.
The work these leaders are doing will go toward solving their own issues–and others’ as well. After all, Anderson says, “every elected official needs to produce results.”
Link > https://www.fastcompany.com/40412383/why-bloomberg-philanthropies-james-anderson-tops-our-list-of-the-most-creative-people-in-business-2017
 
Twitter > https://twitter.com/JimOnCities
 
 Began today w/fellow speaking to 14 media outlets re federal/local issues impacting and all our cities
7:54 AM - 2 Aug 2017           

 

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