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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.

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Conservation Marketing Program Coordinator Judie Mattocks and Mayor Dale Ross display materials for the first phase of testing for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor's Challenge at City Hall.
Conservation Marketing Program Coordinator Judie Mattocks and Mayor Dale Ross display materials for the first phase of testing for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge at City Hall.