Nation's mayors invited to Bloomberg contest

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday invited 1,300 counterparts, including Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, to join a $9 million contest for improving their constituents' lives.

Mr. Bloomberg, a philanthropist before he became mayor, offered a $5 million grand prize to the mayor with the grandest--and most replicable--idea for improving government or tackling a social issue.

Four prizes of $1 million each also will be awarded.

The "Mayors Challenge" was extended to the chief executives of 1,300 cities with 30,000 or more residents.

The application deadline is Sept. 14. Joanna Doven, Mr. Ravenstahl's spokeswoman, said the city's application will focus on strategies for advancing the city's momentum on business development, neighborhood improvement and youth development.

Bloomberg Philanthropies already provides financial support to ServePGH, Mr. Ravenstahl's initiative to promote volunteerism.


First Published June 15, 2012 12:00 AM


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