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A quick look at news stories this week featuring Bloomberg Cities’ programs and partners.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh used the occasion of her first State of the City address to announce the city has joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. The city will receive $500,000 a year for three years to bring the latest technology, transparency, and measurement tools to the government (Baltimore Magazine).

On the frontier of innovation and civic tech, Anchorage, Alaska, is pooling support from nonprofits and foundations to spur creativity in the government. The city recently launched an open-data portal and is next turning to workforce development and transportation (Government Technology).

City employees are the unsung heroes of the government innovation revolution. Meet three superstars: Lee Gianetti of Cambridge, Mass., Tyler Running Deer of Seattle, and Victoria Carreon of Las Vegas (Inc.).

Norfolk, Va., has joined the What Works Cities program with the aim of making data more user-friendly and establishing performance metrics to track city progress in improving people’s lives and creating a safe environment (Inside Business).

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