Lexington fails to make finals in Bloomberg Mayors Challenge
by Beverly Fortune, 3.14.13, Kentucky.com
Lexington was not among the five winners in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire cities to come up with innovative ideas to solve major challenges and improve urban life.
Winners were announced Wednesday.
Providence, R.I., won the grand prize for innovation that carried with it a $5 million implementation award for a cutting-edge early education initiative. Innovation prizes also went to Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Santa Monica, Calif. Each of those cities will receive $1 million… Read more at Kentucky.com
Mayor Jim Gray asks people to ‘Vote Lexington’ on Huffington Post site
by Beverly Fortune, 2.20.13, Kentucky.com
Mayor Jim Gray asked Lexington residents to “Vote Lexington” on the Huffington Post website for the city’s entry in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition for the best ideas to improve cities.
The Huffington Post and Bloomberg Philanthropies have partnered to give readers an opportunity to select their favorite idea among the 20 finalists. The opportunity to vote was announced on the Huffington Post website on Wednesday.
Lexington’s entry in the contest, CitizenLex.org, is up against ideas from 19 other cities nationwide…Read more at Kentucky.come
Lexington among top 20 finalists in Bloomberg Challenge
Staff, 11.05.12, BizLex.com
Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray this morning announced Lexington has been selected as a finalist for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition created to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities across the nation.
Lexington was selected based on an idea to create CitizenLex.org, a new media platform designed to tap into the source of new solutions and ideas the nation has always relied upon in challenging times: its citizens.
CitizenLex is designed to engage American ingenuity in city problem solving and planning through robust mining and connecting dots among studies, reports and ideas, all designed to build a great American city…Read more at BizLex.com
Tom Eblen: Lexington’s “big idea” all about citizen engagement
by Tom Eblen, 9.22.12, Kentucky.com
When Mayor Jim Gray decided Lexington should enter Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge competition for innovative ideas to improve cities, he asked local citizens for their suggestions. He was impressed by the response.
More than 7,000 people participated in the process, and 420 ideas were formally submitted. Many of those ideas for improving Lexington were good, even if some didn’t fit the Bloomberg criteria.
Then it dawned on Gray and his staff: The “big idea” was the citizen-engagement process itself….Read more at Kentucky.com
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies are funding a competition for breakthrough solutions to city issues that can be replicated by other communities. There will be a $5 million grand prize and four $1 million prizes to the cities that submit the top 5 ideas. Lexington’s Mayor, Jim Gray, has invited Lexington residents to submit ideas by Aug 1. The city will evaluate the proposals and pick one to submit to Bloomberg by Sept. 14th.
To submit your proposal you can send ideas in writing to Mayor Gray at 200 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letter and emails should include the label “Mayors Challenge.”
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“Have a solution for Lexington’s greatest challenge? Could be worth $5 million” by Tom Martin, 6.13.12, BizLex.com