Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the launch of a competition aimed at accelerating the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge will identify innovative proposals from cities with populations of at least a hundred thousand for addressing the most significant challenges to emerge during the pandemic, with a focus on four areas — economic recovery and inclusive growth, health and well-being, climate and the environment, and good governance and equality. Fifty finalists will receive coaching from experts in innovation, data, and project-specific subject matter aimed at strengthening their submissions; technical assistance and training designed to help them test and refine their ideas; and access to a network of peers, with fifteen grand-prize winners receiving $1 million each to implement and scale their ideas.
The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge builds on four previous competitions focused on U.S. cities or cities in specific global regions through which a total of twenty-four ideas were selected as winners.
"Across the globe, mayors are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And as they continue to manage this unprecedented public health crisis, city leaders are finding creative new ways to deliver services while also rebuilding their economies in ways that tackle climate change and fight inequality," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and a former three-term mayor of New York City. "To emerge from this crisis stronger, cities need to be bold — and I have no doubt this year’s ideas will be some of the best yet."
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