Knoxville Up for Fan Favorite Award in Mayors Challenge

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Knoxville Up for Fan Favorite Award in Mayors Challenge

Posted: 02/20/2013
The City of Knoxville's application for a Mayors Challenge award from Bloomberg Philanthropies is listed along with the other 19 Mayors Challenge finalists in a "Fan Favorite" competition on the Huffington Post website. On the same website, you can find a video and a column by Mayor Madeline Rogero detailing the City's proposal for an Urban Food Corridor.

Mayors Challenge AwardAnyone can vote (one time only) in the Fan Favorite contest, from now until March 6th: www.huffingtonpost.com/mayors-challenge. The winning Fan Favorite city will receive a $50,000 services grant from IBM to support implementation of its proposal, as well as featured coverage and promotion from The Huffington Post, including a monthly front page column for its mayor for a year and an interview with Arianna Huffington on Huff Post Live (Huffington Post's video news platform).

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge offers one $5 million award and four $1 million awards for innovative local solutions to national problems. Last fall, Knoxville was announced as one of 20 finalists from 305 cities that applied. Representatives from all 20 finalist cities attended an "Ideas Camp" in New York City in November, and submitted revised proposals for final consideration by the end of January. Both of Knoxville's proposals are posted on www.cityofknoxville.org. Winners will be announced this spring.

You can read Mayor Rogero's column and watch a video about Knoxville's proposal at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/madeline-rogero.