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?


About The Author

The definition of reinvent is:to replace with an entirely new version, to make over completely, to recast something familiar or old into a different form.In my opinion we need to reinvent government, business and ourselves. Today’s world is about constant change driven by the power of new ideas.For the past 17 years as an attorney, I have worked in government at the county, city, authority and school district level in the Buffalo, NY area. I have seen first hand the need for reinventing how government operates. For a period of four years, I served as Chief of Staff to the 9 member City of Buffalo Common Council. Government must engage the talents and skills of its citizens by becoming more collaborative and transparent in its decision-making and operations. Utilizing technology as a tool to engage citizens is something all governments need to explore.I have great respect for entrepreneurs as they put their passion into a vision, which results in new products, new services and new jobs. Entrepreneurs are on the front lines of change. As an adjunct college instructor, I see how students and everyone for that matter must continually change and reinvent themselves to survive and be successful in today’s crazy world economy.Some of my favorite change agent writers are Tom Peters, Seth Godin, Gary Hamel and Guy Kawasaki. I welcome the opportunity to meet new people, to further my own learning and to share ideas.On a personal note I am 47 years old, my other half Cheryl is an attorney in private practice and together we have three children, Michael age 20 and Joseph age 14 and our newest shock of an addition Julia, born 11/2/11.

One Response

  1. Chris Stevenson

    No. The people who run Buffalo think it's a small town in West Virginia, instead of the 2nd largest city in New York State.