Mike Bloomberg, lifelong Mayor of New York City, is a very rich man. He has philanthropic goals — recently giving $50M to the Sierra Club to fight King Coal — and now his Philantrhopies are going to hand out $5 million to one city and $1 million each to four other cities for the boldest most replicable ideas.
Here, he dropped a very small coin on this video which explains it all:
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is opening the challenge up to the community — in addition to ideas they are developing internally, us regular folk can submit ideas for how to innovate Lexington — but keep in mind, Mr. Bloomberg is looking for ideas that can be replicated by other cities… so fantastical unicorn skyscrapers aren’t going to cut it. And neither is a brand new basketball arena.
“Mayor Bloomberg is again showing he’s walking the talk. Putting his own capital to good work. And it represents a remarkable 21st Century step in the tradition of Andrew Carnegie, who a century ago elevated cities across America by building thousands of libraries – 1,689 in this country – that lifted the spirits and lives of countless Americans.” In Lexington itself, the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning remains a living example of the investment Carnegie made here in 1906.
Gray invited Lexington citizens to submit ideas by August 1. The city will evaluate the proposals and submit a final idea to Bloomberg by Sept. 14.
“This is a chance for Lexington to take another exciting step forward in building our Great American City. It’s an invitation to think big, start small and move fast,” said Gray, who visited Bloomberg in 2010, just after he became Lexington’s Mayor, and recently attended the 2012 Mayor’s Summit, in which Bloomberg invited a group of 15 Mayors from across the country to New York to examine the role of cities in restoring America’s strength.