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Mayor Whitfield Selected for Prestigious U.S. Cities Recovery Leadership Program

Jul 7, 2020

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Mayor Whitfield Selected for Prestigious U.S. Cities Recovery Leadership Program

ELYRIA, OH – Elyria Mayor Frank Whitfield is one of a competitively selected group of forty (40) U.S. mayors to participate in the U.S. Cities Recover Leadership Program through the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Whitfield’s selection makes him part of a mayoral cohort to participate in leadership, peer-to-peer learning and access to additional opportunities and support through collaborating partners Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“I’m excited to be a part of this prestigious cohort of mayors, and even more excited to bring these resources and great minds to help the City of Elyria.” says Mayor Whitfield. “We have serious challenges as we strive to recover from the pandemic while at the same time working towards racial justice and equity. We are excited to add another key partnership with such a prestigious University as Harvard and foundation as Bloomberg to help us move Elyria forward.”

The U.S. Cities Recovery Leadership Program was developed to help advance the recovery of cities throughout the nation. Intensive online sessions are facilitated by Harvard faculty, experts, guests, case discussions, and peer-to-peer working sessions to explore new ways to approach developing new policy, managing the organization, and leading civic and resident engagement.

As a part of his selection to the leadership program, Mayor Whitfield will also participate in a connected monthly leadership series open to mayors around the world. These sessions will explore approaches and actions focused on equitable recovery, including the latest evidence-based guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from experts from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Mayor Frank Whitfield’s participation in this program is at no cost to the City. Tuition is fully funded through Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information on the program, visit







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