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

As part of the 2017 Mayors Challenge, Bloomberg Philanthropies held “Idea Accelerator” sessions in more than 300 city halls across the United States. Initial applications for the Mayors Challenge are due October 20, with the foundation planning to announce 35 “Champion Cities” in January. Mayors Challenge winners will be announced in fall 2018, with the grand-prize winner winning $5 mllion and four finalist cities winning $1 million each. (GovTech)

Five new cities — Baton Rouge, La.; Cary, NC; Fayetteville, N.C.; Hayward, Calif.; and Winston-Salem, N.C. — join What Works Cities. Now working with 90 cities across the country, the Bloomberg Philanthropies program continues to connect cities with partners to help city leaders use data and better serve communities. (Medium)

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has been selected to join the Cities of Service Mayors Council, where he will advise Cities of Service on several areas — from program development to organizational growth opportunities. As part of the council, Mayor Stanton will also serve as an ambassador for the citizen engagement work happening in the city. (City of Phoenix)

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