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

On Wednesday, local leaders and experts from several U.S. cities convened in Baltimore to discuss ideas for progress in a wide array of areas at CityLab Baltimore. Leaders visited from New York, Boston, and New Orleans, among several other cities. (The Baltimore Sun)

Experts and alums from Johns Hopkins University weighed in at CityLab Baltimore on a range of pressing urban challenges, including a conversation on how cities are battling the opioid crisis. The talks occurred a day after a bipartisan commission nudged President Trump to declare the epidemic as a national emergency. (Hub)

“We must reinvest in the neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades,” said Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh during CityLab Baltimore. During a speech that called for blight elimination, Mayor Pugh emphasized several challenges facing her city, including the need to create new job training programs to help thousands of unemployed residents. (Baltimore Business Journal)

Last week, Syracuse, N.Y., launched DataCuse, an open data portal that creates data on multiple focus areas, from lead paint risks to water main breaks. A member of @WhatWorksCities, the city worked with several local organizations to ensure the data collected is also applicable to nonprofits who target neighborhoods and communities for help. (Medium)

And in case you missed it, make sure to check out Tuesday’s SPARK newsletter. This week, our profile in bold leadership highlighted Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and his bold steps in managing a city that’s facing a big shift. Don’t forget to subscribe below to receive weekly updates.

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