Thursday, December 14, 2023

New mayor selected to attend Harvard program

Mayor Kevin Coleman
Newly-elected Westland Mayor Kevin Coleman has been selected to participate in the  Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University Program for New Mayors: First 100 Days program.

Coleman was one of only 27 mayors across the country selected to attend the program which is delivered in collaboration with the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. As a participant in the Program for New Mayors, Coleman will experience world-class training from Harvard faculty, urban innovation and management experts and other mayors on how to set strategic citywide priorities, build effective city hall organizations, and deliver for residents, according to information released by the city. The new class of the Program for New Mayors includes officials from 21 states and represents more than 9.5 million residents nationwide.

“Effective mayors build strong city teams and robust citywide coalitions that move communities forward,” said Coleman. “I am proud to be selected to join the Program for New Mayors: First 100 Days at the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University, and learn alongside other U.S. mayors and global experts to strengthen the capabilities our city needs to lead and deliver on residents' most pressing challenges and opportunities.” 

As cities find themselves on the frontlines of addressing increasingly global challenges, the Program for New Mayors: First 100 Days is designed to help new mayors make the most of their roles, according to a prepared statement. Through the Program for New Mayors, mayors gain strategic insights for strengthening critical leadership and management skills, leading teams to work across departments and sectors, and building out their city hall organizations in their first days and months in office. 

Coleman will join 26 other newly-elected U.S. mayors for a three-day immersive classroom experience at Harvard University. In addition to the core coursework and connection with peers, the Program for New Mayors provides opportunities for new mayors to share strategies with other mayors through the Bloomberg Center for Cities' mayoral leadership network, and learn about interventions that are already working effectively to better resident lives in other cities, the prepared statement noted.

The Program for New Mayors builds on the longstanding tradition of a seminar for new mayors that originated at the Institute of Politics in 1975, the statement concluded.