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Competition Impact
2017 Mayors Challenge

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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 use new strategies and tools to better meet the needs of their residents. Participating cities in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean are advancing their bold ideas, improving the way their governments work and the quality of life in their communities.

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Given the urgency of today’s challenges, no city leaders can wait to innovate

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 solve an urgent problem, win millions of dollars, earn broad public recognition as leaders in innovation, and join Bloomberg’s cities network.


Feedback from past participants and partners

Mayors across the U.S. face bigger challenges than ever before and the 2017 Challenge is designed to provide more support – and more prize money – than ever before

ISSUES and themes

Meeting the challenges of tomorrow

To meet the challenges of tomorrow mayors and local leaders must be 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:

Public
Health

Education

Budget &
Efficiency

Sustainability

Civic
Engagement

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Economy

Customer
Service

Europe

Applications in 2014 focused on 5 key themes:

The
Environment

Civic
Engagement

Health &
Well-being

The
Economy

Social
Inclusion

Latin America & Caribbean

Applications in 2016 focused on 6 key themes:

Mobility

Corruption

Sustainability

Public
Health

Social
Inclusion

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.

2017: UNITED STATES PARTNERS

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2016: LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN PARTNERS

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2014: EUROPE PARTNERS

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2013: UNITED STATES PARTNERS

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