Twenty finalist cities have been chosen in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, described by the Huffington Post as “a competition designed to inspire America’s mayors to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life.”
They are Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Knoxville, Durham and High Point (NC), Milwaukee, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Hillsboro (OR), Indianapolis, Lafayette (LA), Providence, Lexington (KY), Phoenix, St. Paul, Springfield (OR) and Syracuse.
Pittsburgh submitted an idea. Marissa Doyle from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office wrote:
"A 13-member Mayor's Challenge Grant Idea Evaluation Team, joined by 4 City staffers, narrowed possible ideas down to two to present to Mayor Ravenstahl. The Mayor then chose the idea below for the final submission.
- Citizen Taxes Dashboard - Centralized information clearinghouse / repository tracks all tax flows to account for collecting, reconciling, distributing, and managing revenues due to the City from multiple sources, and paid by citizens/businesses.
I checked out some of the finalists' stories. I started with Durham because I have a soft spot for that town and read the idea summary: “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.” There’s a “click-here” button to vote for it, but I would need it in English.
The video here will translate better.
You can read the whole story and weigh in here for your favorite civic innovation.
Applications came from 305 cities in 45 states and represent more than 64 million Americans, according to the Huff Post.