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Michael Bloomberg creates contest offering $9 million for best new governing ideas

Michael Bloomberg creates contest offering $9 million for best new governing ideas

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Michael Bloomberg creates contest offering$9 million for best new governing ideas
The billionaire mayor is using his personal fortune to spark innovation in the nation's cities.
By Melissa Breyer , Jun 13 2012
Photo: David Berkowitz/Flickr
You may have mixed feelings about him, but New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg is a mayor who other mayors definitely love to love. “He’snot only an elected official with a lot of advice and counsel; he’s got abig pocketbook,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landri
.“Mayor Bloomberg is the mayor’s mayor,” notedPhiladelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. “Every big, medium, and smaller
-size city
all the mayors look
to spend time with Mike Bloomberg.”
Theannouncement of theMayors Challenge can only help to cement that affection.Through his charitable foundation,Bloomberg Philanthropies,the mayor is offering $9 million in prizes for ideas that local governmentscan use to solve problems. The contest begins today as invitations tocompete are sent to 1,300 mayors of cities with populations of 30,000or more; the deadline for submission is Sept. 14.The top 20 finalists will be flown to New York, compliments of the
foundation, for an “ideas camp” —
a two-day summit of sorts withexperts to work out the final proposals on topics such as accessiblehousing, health, money and management. The winner will take home a$5 million prize; four runners-up will each receive $1 million.It's true that soda bans, smoking restrictions, and trans-fat banishment
haven’t been embraced by all. Regardless, Bloomberg, ranked 20th
s list of the world’s wealthiest billionaires, puts his
money where his mouth is. In 2011, Bloomberg Philanthropiesdistributed $330 million worldwide, according to its website.The Chronicle of Philanthropy listed Bloomberg as fifth among American charitable donors.The mayor's foundation has created different areas to fund programson health, including amajor, global anti-tobacco campaign,and other programs like one to improve road safety in countries from Vietnam toEgypt. And here at
home he’s
Sierra Club’s campaign to eradicate a third of the nations’s coal power

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Anthony Hyjer added this note
This is very simple. Simply create a committee of people who live by integrity to calibrate the fields of consciousness of any thought, action, or beneficial potentiality. The David R. Hawkins integrative kinesiologic testing techniques allow people to know the absolute truth to any question. The mind simply cannot discern between truth and falsehood as the ego projects perceptual illusions.
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The mayor who most recently imposed portion controls on soda drinks, is offering a contest. New York Mayor Bloomberg is dipping into his personal fortune and offering $9 million for innovation in local government.

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