PATERSON, NJ- Less than 24 hours after he invoked former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Five Boro Economic Opportunity Plan” Mayor Andre Sayegh has announced that he was selected to participate in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

The ripple effect of the redevelopment of the Paterson Armory site, Sayegh told the Paterson City Council, is part of his “Six Ward Plan” through the use of $130 million in tax credits and the federal designation of eight Opportunity Zones to bring investment and jobs to every part of the city.

According to a press release from the mayor’s office, Sayegh is one of just 40 mayors selected from across the globe to participate in the yearlong program which is delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as well as world-class experts in government innovation from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.

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“I am honored that Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University have chosen to invest in me, in Paterson, and in our leadership team,” said Mayor Sayegh. “One of the goals of this unique program is to inspire and strengthen city leaders, and I am already inspired by the collective wisdom of my fellow mayors and these government innovation experts. I look forward to taking advantage of all tools and opportunities this program provides throughout the year to exchange ideas and find innovative solutions to the challenges faced by all Patersonians."

The goal of the program, the statement reads, is to help mayors and their leadership teams manage the complexities of running a city while also providing a peer support network and opportunity to share best practices about effective measures already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world. In addition to Sayegh the mayors of Atlanta, Helsinki, Reykjavik, and Seattle, among others, are also participating.

While the program launched this week with classroom learning, peer conversations, and field experiences in New York City, much of the program is conducted via a state-of-the-art virtual classroom. The Mayor’s participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, including tuition, accommodation, meals and airfare is fully funded by the program.