13 Jun '12, 2pm

Bloomberg announces $9 million challenge to spur innovation in cities

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge , a “competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life.” From the press release: The Mayors Challenge, which officially kicks off this week, invites the 1,300 mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit their city’s boldest idea. The innovative idea must improve city life by addressing a major social or economic issue, improving the customer service experience for citizens or businesses, increasing government efficiency, and/or enhancing accountability, transparency, and public engagement. The prize? A share of the $9 million purse that will be divvied up among five cities: one $5 million grand prize and four additional $1 million runners-up. Additionally, 20 finalists will be invited to a...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/bloomberg-announces-9-million-chall...

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