Sioux Falls Mayor One of Twenty Chosen to Join the Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance

Mayor Paul TenHaken has joined 19 other mayors from North and South America to be part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance. As part of the Alliance, the mayors will receive executive education and coaching on how to leverage data to strengthen city government operations, innovate public services, and produce better outcomes for residents. This can include improving access to health care, reimagining waste management systems, expanding affordable housing, or combatting homelessness.

“This program is an opportunity for Sioux Falls to not only better understand how data can help us deliver community needs more effectively, but also to collaborate and learn from cities of all sizes around the world,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “Local government is the catalyst for community progress, and I know our City’s participation in the City Data Alliance will help us double down on our data efforts to ultimately benefit residents.”

To kick off their participation, the 20 mayors—representing 11 U.S. and 9 Latin American cities—met with Michael R. Bloomberg and renowned data leaders in academia, innovation, urban governance, social impact, and racial equity at Johns Hopkins University over the course of a three-day immersion last week.

A senior team of several leaders from various City of Sioux Falls departments will deepen the City’s use of data to inform decisions, transform systems, understand impact, and communicate results. The Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance will provide support to the City of Sioux Falls for up to 12 months, which will include customized technical assistance through structured classroom sessions and individualized coaching. Targets are set so cities have a comprehensive plan and process to ask questions, innovate their approaches, evaluate progress, and establish new policies and standards to ensure the work is sustained.

The new 20 Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance mayors come from five countries and include:


  • Mayor Ulpiano Suárez of Mendoza, AR


  • Mayor João Henrique Caldas of Maceió, BR
  • Mayor Caio Cunha of Mogi das Cruzes, BR
  • Mayor Axel Schmidt Grael of Niteroí, BR
  • Mayor João Campos of Recife, BR


  • Mayor Gerardo Alfredo Espíndola Rojas of Arica, CL
  • Mayor Daniela Peñaloza Ramos of Las Condes, CL
  • Mayor Tomas Vodanovic of Maipú, CL


  • Mayor Janet Isabel Cubas Carranza of Chiclayo, PE

The United States:

  • Mayor Bryon Brown of Buffalo, NY
  • Mayor Vi Lyles of Charlotte, NC
  • Mayor Daniel Brotman of Glendale, CA
  • Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba of Jackson, MS
  • Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. of Little Rock, AR
  • Mayor Steven Reed of Montgomery, AL
  • Mayor Malik Evans of Rochester, NY
  • Mayor Bruce Harrell of Seattle, WA
  • Mayor Paul TenHaken of Sioux Falls, SD
  • Mayor Ben Walsh of Syracuse, NY
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.

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