“We are in the middle of a political era defined by Washington impotence, but as Washington has grown more dysfunctional, cities have begun to play a vital role in determining our nation’s reputation as a global superpower,” Michael Bloomberg told the U.S. Conference of Mayors as he “announced a $200 million program that will equip city leaders and their communities with tools to advance policy change on their own.”

The story at StateScoop said Bloomberg’s top policy priorities for the project are global warming, obesity, community arts, and gun control. Regardless what issue, it is reassuring to see the focus shift to local policy.