Rewarding Urban Innovation: the Mayors Challenge

Mayors ChallengeMichael Bloomberg, New York’s wealthy and resourceful mayor, has unveiled a competition that may give architects and planners a chance to share their best ideas—and incidentally make money.

Last week, the mayor announced a contest meant to improve civic life in the United States through ideas that “address serious social or economic problems” or “create efficiencies that make government work better, faster, and cheaper.” Judges will select winners later this year.

The contest is open to U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Cities must register for the Mayors Challenge by July 16 and complete their entries by September 14. Even by Bloombergian standards, the possible rewards are staggering: a $5 million first prize, and four $1 million second prizes.

Learn more about the Mayors Challenge

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