394 cities have responded to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, which is seeking to find and spread innovative local solutions to national problems. The five boldest ideas with the greatest potential for impact will win funding as well as national recognition. First place wins $5 million and four additional cities will win $1 million each.
In New York State, Albany, Rochester and Syracuse have completed the initial RSVP step of the application process. From the Western New York area, Clarence is the only municipality to submit an initial response. To be considered for the competition applications must be completed by September 14th and the idea must solve a major social or economic issue, improve the customer service experience for citizens or businesses, enhance accountability, transparency, and public engagement, and/or increase government efficiency.
Winners will be selected based on their idea’s vision and novelty, potential for impact, potential for replication in other cities, and the quality of the implementation plans.
Buffalo is the only major upstate city that did not submit a response. As the third poorest city in the nation Buffalo has a lot of issues to address. Mayor Brown has been in office for over six years there must be some bold and big ideas that he can point to?
What do you think have been the boldest and biggest ideas to come out of Buffalo’s City Hall the past six years?