Santa Monica News
SANTA MONICA—Santa Monica was just named one of the 20 finalists in Bloomberg Philanthopies’ Mayors Challenge. The competition judged 305 cities who applied for the challenge under the direction of the mayor on how well they could produce inventive ideas to address pressing social issues.
Each city’s concept was judged based on the vision, ability to implement, impact and “replicability.” The only requirement for a city’s submission was that it has a population greater than 30,000. The winning city will be award a $5 million prize where the four runner-up cities will each receive $1 million.
Santa Monica’s proposal was to become the first U.S. city that uses a wellbeing index to guide the city’s development.
Other finalists include San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Houston. And Ideas ranged from an idea on how to cut Cincinnati’s infant mortality rate in half to Knoxville’s idea of using unused urban areas for food production.
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