Santa Monica News
SANTA MONICA— On Wednesday, March 13, Santa Monica was named winner in the first ever Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayor Challenge. As one of the four runner-ups in the nationwide competition, the city will receive the award as seed money to develop its “Wellbeing Project."
The idea of the project is to measure civic life by creating a well-being index. If begins to work it would be able to measure how connected residents feel to their communities and how the city would be able to bounce back after a natural disaster or another catastrophic event. Santa Monica officials have been working on their proposal for months.
More than 300 cities submitted to Bloomberg Philanthropies, led by New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In the fall, Santa Monica was named amongst the 20 finalists.
On Wednesday, Providence, Rhode Island was named as the grand prizewinner of five million dollars for their program. Santa Monica and three other runner-ups Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia received one million dollars to kick-start their programs.
Santa Monica’s project will be carried out over the next two years, and the developers hope to develop model to be used nationwide. The City will need to gather data factors for the index such as economics, education and health. Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’ Connor called the idea game changer.
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