Bloomberg Philanthropies Announce The Selection Committee For 2017 U.S. Mayors Challenge
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the selection committee for the 2017 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to think big, be bold, and uncover inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems U.S. cities currently face. More than 320 cities are taking part in this year's competition, the fourth Mayors Challenge Bloomberg Philanthropies has held since 2013. Former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns will co-chair the selection committee, which is comprised of distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives and social innovation leaders, that will choose the winning cities.
"We're glad to have such a dynamic set of experts from around the United States making up this committee. Determining the winning ideas won't be easy, but I know this group will help us ensure a successful competition," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City.
The Mayors Challenge returns to the U.S. as the first investment in the American Cities Initiative, a suite of new and expanded programs from Bloomberg Philanthropies to strengthen cities. The 2017 edition of the U.S. Mayors Challenge features a six month testing phase for 35 "Champion Cities" who will receive up to $100,000 to refine their idea. In October 2018, five Mayors Challenge winners will be selected. One city will win the $5 million grand prize and four others will receive $1 million awards...