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impact OF THE
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Groundbreaking ideas are needed more than ever

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• by the numbers •

Helping improve citizens’ lives across the globe

The Mayors Challenge touches millions of lives – from the citizens who are affected by bold new innovations, to the hundreds of city leaders who learn new strategies and tools that can help them better meet the needs of their residents during the competition and beyond. Participating cities in the United States, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean are advancing their bold ideas; improving the way their governments work and improving the quality of life in their communities.

 

During the 2016 competition, cities across Latin America and the Caribbean demonstrated that local government can generate bold new ideas, develop unique partnerships, and engage citizens in exciting ways.

Cities participating in Mayors Challenge competitions represent:

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307 million people

UNITED STATES (2013)

305 cities

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in 45 states responded to the call for submissions

EUROPE (2014)

155 cities

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in 28 countries responded to the call for submissions

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN (2016)

290 cities

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in 19 countries responded to the call for submissions

Cities compete to win big, earn global recognition and access to experts

• Value for CITIES •

At Bloomberg Philanthropies, we believe solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, from climate change to aging populations, can be found in cities. Local leaders are uniquely positioned to overcome obstacles and drive major change.

Participating cities have a chance to win implementation funding, earn broad public recognition as leaders in innovation, and participate in a growing international network of municipal innovators.

• Feedback from past participants and partners •
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Cities are leading the way in the fight against #ClimateChange. For the #MayorsChallenge, Stockholm wants to transform plant waste into biochar. #PickStockholm

“What inspires me about the Mayors Challenge is that while it honors what has been achieved in the past, it focuses on how to fuel a better tomorrow.

Olafur Eliasson

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For the #MayorsChallenge, Kirklees, UK has proposed an online sharing platform for untapped local resources. #PickKirklees

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News and Updates on the Mayors Challenge

 MAYORS AND LOCAL LEADERS ARE REQUIRED TO BE MORE AGILE AND CREATIVE THAN EVER BEFORE

• ISSUES and themes •

Meeting the challenges of tomorrow

To meet the challenges of tomorrow, with all of the constraints that cities operate under, mayors and local leaders are more agile and creative than ever before. In past competitions, city leaders have submitted a wide range of innovative ideas to improve city government and city life.

UNITED STATES

Applications in 2013 focused on a large spectrum of issues:

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    PUBLIC
    HEALTH
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    EDUCATION
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    BUDGET &
    EFFICIENCY
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    SUSTAINABILITY
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    CIVIC
    ENGAGEMENT
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    THE
    ECONOMY
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    CUSTOMER
    SERVICE

EUROPE

Applications in 2014 focused on 5 key themes:

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    THE
    ENVIRONMENT
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    CIVIC
    ENGAGEMENT
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    HEALTH &
    WELLBEING
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    THE
    ECONOMY
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    SOCIAL
    INCLUSION

LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

Applications in 2016 focused on 6 key themes:

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    MOBILITY
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    CORRUPTION
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    SUSTAINABILITY
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    PUBLIC
    HEALTH
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    SOCIAL
    INCLUSION
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    THE
    ECONOMY
• global partners •

Leveraging expert knowledge to build local capacity

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ brings together its extensive, world-class network of urban and innovation experts to help cities produce stronger applications. The network increases the ability of leaders to develop bold ideas; assists finalist cities program design and implementation; and helps to unveil innovation trends within the region.

2014 – EUROPE PARTNERS

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