- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Jersey City has been selected to receive a $2.25 million grant from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization to combat crime and spur economic development.

Mayor Steven Fulop announced the grant Monday.

It’s part of a Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Team program that helps urban mayors develop new approaches to address pressing problems.

Jersey City will use the grant to form an “I-team” that will focus on violent crime and economic development in areas other than its downtown waterfront district.

Other similar grants are being awarded to Albuquerque; Boston; Centennial, Colorado; Long Beach, California; Los Angeles; Mobile, Alabama; Minneapolis; Peoria, Illinois; Rochester, New York; Seattle and Syracuse, New York.

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