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Georgetown was named as a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge by Michael Bloomberg on Oct. 29 after a yearlong competition that challenged city leaders to uncover and test bold, inventive ideas to confront the toughest problems faced by cities today. Nine cities will receive $1 million to begin implementation on potentially breakthrough solutions to homelessness, the opioid crisis, mobility, climate change, and economic opportunity.
Georgetown joined Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Fort Collins, CO; Huntington, WV; Los Angeles, CA; New Rochelle, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and South Bend, IN as winners of the U.S. Mayors Challenge.
In February, Georgetown was selected as one of 35 Champion Cities in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to develop innovative ideas that confront challenges facing their cities. Georgetown was selected as a finalist amongst more than 320 applications.
The City completed a six-month “Test, Learn, and Adapt” phase of the competition in August. Cities refined their ideas during that process with up to $100,000, as well as personalized support from innovation experts, to test and begin building support for their urban innovations and submitted applications in August 2018.