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The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge is a competition designed to inspire America’s mayors to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. The Huffington Post and Bloomberg Philanthropies partnered to give readers an opportunity to select their favorite idea among the 20 finalists. Click the grid here to learn more about the 20 finalists or scroll down to watch videos from each city.



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  • Boston's Darwin

    City: Boston, MA Mayor: Thomas M. Menino Bold Idea: Darwin places youth data in the hands of parents. Darwin empowers parents to invest that resource with educators, technologists, and researchers to ensure the best programs for their children.

  • The Chicago SmartData Platform

    City: Chicago, IL Mayor: Rahm Emanuel Bold Idea: Chicago will build the first open-source predictive analytics platform that will help leaders make smarter, faster decisions in real-time to help address and prevent problems before they develop.

  • Cincinnati's First Steps Program

    City: Cincinnati, OH Mayor: Mark Mallory Bold Idea: Annually, 28,000 babies in the U.S. die before their first birthday. Through innovations in care coordination, data collection and analysis, Cincinnati discovered a replicable way to dramatically reduce prematurity and infant death.

  • Durham's Proof of Concept Community Labs

    City: Durham, NC Mayor: William V. 'Bill' Bell Bold Idea: Three Proof of Concept Community Labs will transform vacant, blighted properties into the stages where resident stories meet relevance-based governance and global-reaching solutions.

  • High Point's Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative

    City: High Point, NC Mayor: Bernita Sims Bold Idea: For the first time anywhere, High Point, NC is adapting the focused deterrence model to control domestic violence offenders to protect our mothers, daughters, sisters, and children.

  • Hillsboro's GoPoint Mobility Hub Program

    City: Hillsboro, OR Mayor: Jerry Willey Bold Idea: GoPoint will help create a balanced suburban transportation system by branding, promoting and managing a network of mobility hubs that use technology to integrate public and private transportation options.

  • Houston's One Bin for All

    City: Houston, TX Mayor: Annise Parker Bold Idea: One Bin for All is a revolutionary idea for residents to discard all materials in one bin, treating "trash" as valuable assets and dramatically increasing recycling using game changing technologies.

  • Indianapolis's Neighborhoods of Educational Opportunity

    City: Indianapolis, IN Mayor: Gregory A. Ballard Bold Idea: Neighborhoods of Educational Opportunity brings together an unprecedented community coalition to strengthen neighborhoods and revitalize Indianapolis by launching a holistic, standardized process to double the number of high-quality student seats.

  • Knoxville's Urban Food Corridor

    City: Knoxville, TN Mayor: Madeline Rogero Bold Idea: Knoxville will create a culture of healthy eating and eliminate food deserts by stimulating connections in the urban food cycle between land, farming jobs, food processing, distribution, sale, and composting.

  • Level Up, Lafayette!

    City: Lafayette, LA Mayor: Joey Durel Bold Idea: Level Up, Lafayette! bridges the “engagement gap” by encouraging residents to play community enrichment games in which winning outcomes translate into tangible improvements for residents of Lafayette.

  • Lexington's CitizenLex

    City: Lexington, KY Mayor: Jim P. Gray Bold Idea: CitizenLex helps cities turn citizen energy into action through a set of tools that catalyze innovative community projects.

  • Milwaukee's HOME GR/OWN

    City: Milwaukee, WI Mayor: Tom Barrett Bold Idea: In targeted HOME GR/OWN Zones, engaged, empowered, and enabled residents repurpose foreclosed houses and vacant lots into abundant healthy food assets, yielding healthier, safer, revitalized neighborhoods, and greater economic opportunities.

  • Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership

    City: Philadelphia, PA Mayor: Michael Nutter Bold Idea: Philadelphia will put R&D into RFP, reforming our procurement processes to provide a path for creative entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to work with city government, tackling the toughest urban challenges.

  • Phoenix's Smart Energy Neighborhood Model

    City: Phoenix, AZ Mayor: Greg Stanton Bold Idea: Phoenix will create a Smart Energy Neighborhood Model that helps residents and businesses reduce energy use, save money, and enjoy a high quality, energy-savvy lifestyle.

  • Providence Talks

    City: Providence, RI Mayor: Angel Taveras Bold Idea: By their fourth birthday, children who grow up in low-income households will have heard thirty-million fewer words than their middle- and high-income peers. Providence Talks solves this problem, for good.

  • Permit Saint Paul

    City: Saint Paul, MN Mayor: Chris Coleman Bold Idea: Permit Saint Paul will spur investment in our city by enabling developers, entrepreneurs, and residents to secure their licenses and permits through a user-friendly, web-based consumer portal.

  • San Francisco's Skillville

    City: San Francisco, CA Mayor: Edwin M. Lee Bold Idea: Skillville matches job seekers with professional development opportunities through microvolunteering on city projects. The result: government capacity increases and job seekers develop skills that equip them for employment.

  • Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project

    City: Santa Monica, CA Mayor: Pam O'Connor Bold Idea: Santa Monica will become the first city in the nation to measure and actively improve what really matters to every person in our community: wellbeing.

  • Springfield's Mobile Health Care System

    City: Springfield, OR Mayor: Christine Lundberg Bold Idea: Springfield will enable universal access to primary care for all at a lower overall cost.

  • Syracuse's World Market Square

    City: Syracuse, NY Mayor: Stephanie Miner Bold Idea: Syracuse will establish an identity as an international city by designing the blueprint by which to harness the talents and energies of New Americans, showcase diversity, and transform distressed neighborhoods.