The 4th edition of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge produced a wave of innovative ideas from City Hall teams across the United States. Spurred by a chance to win $1 million, and motivated to solve tough problems in their communities, 324 cities applied. Of those, 35 finalists received $100,000 and intensive coaching on how to test and improve their ideas with residents. Nine cities were chosen as winners.
Bloomberg Cities has been covering the action every step of the way. Here’s a selection of stories and commentaries from the past year highlighting key moments and ideas from this round of the Mayors Challenge.
[Get the latest innovation news from Bloomberg Cities! Subscribe to SPARK.]
IDEA ACCELERATORS: On the ground in 300-plus U.S. city halls
THE APPLICATIONS: 324 Mayors Challenge applicants tackle America’s most pressing concerns
35 CHAMPION CITIES CHOSEN: 5 ways U.S. cities are solving America’s biggest challenges
THE WINNERS: 9 Cities win $100,000 for innovative solutions
WHY THEY WON: How this year’s Mayors Challenge winners rose to the top
ISSUES & IDEAS
TRANSPORTATION: Mid-sized cities test new approaches to reducing traffic