The City of St. Petersburg has joined hundreds of cities across the U.S. applying for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ U.S. Mayors Challenge, an initiative focused on different approaches to solving a city’s challenges.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said the challenge is an opportunity for the city to become part of a network of American cities and to find new ways of thinking.
“This is a great opportunity for St. Petersburg to think differently about the challenges that are most important to our citizens,” Kriseman said in a press release. “Our application focused on our housing stock and ensuring lower and middle income families can reside in an increasingly built-out St. Pete. We’re excited to join a strong network of American cities that are going through this process and innovating together at the same time. The city of St. Petersburg can only benefit from new ways of thinking, collaboration between our own city officials, and the potential for key learnings from other cities facing similar challenges.”
Through the Mayors Challenge, up to 35 champion cities will receive as much as $100,000 to test their bold ideas. One grand-prize winner will receive $5 million and $1 million will be given to four winning cities to implement their ideas.