Mayors Challenge

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Mayors Challenge​​

Andrea Coleman from Bloomberg Philanthropies (left) and Mayor Kate Gallego (right)
Andrea Coleman from Bloomberg Philanthropies (left) and Mayor Kate Gallego (right).

Mayor Kate Gallego (center) with Bloomberg Mayors Challenge​ team
Mayor Kate Gallego (center) with Bloomberg Mayors Challenge​ team.

Resident hired on with Food City through Mobile Career Unit
Resident hired on with Food City through Mobile Career Unit.

Resident pre-screening with Renais​sance​ Hotel
Resident pre-screening with Renais​sance​ Hotel.

Testing day one at Burton Barr Central Library with residents
Testing day one at Burton Barr Central Library with residents.

Resident protoyping materials.​
Resident protoyping materials.​

​​Where to Find the Mobile Career Unit?

Upcoming Events:

  • TBD
Past Events:​
  • Commnuity feedback event: October 4, 2021 at Burton Barr Central Library.
  • Community feedback event: October 9, 2021 at Food City (35th Ave. & Van Buren) location.
  • “Meet Midtown" event: November 13, 2021 at Burton Barr Central Library.
  • APS Electric Light Parade: December 4, 2021

​For more information call myPHX311 at 602-262-3111

Phoenix among 50 Champion Cities Selected to Advance in Global Innovation Competition Uncovering Most Transformative Urban Solutions to Emerge During the COVID-19 Pandemic​

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The city of Phoenix is one of 50 Champion Cities selected today as finalists in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, a global innovation competition that identifies and accelerates the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These 50 urban innovations rose to the top of a competitive pool of more than 630 applications from 99 countries, in the first-ever Global Mayors Challenge.

As a Mayors Challenge finalist, Phoenix now advances to the four-month Champion Phase of the competition. From June through October, the 50 finalist cities will refine their ideas with technical assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies and its network of leading innovation experts. Fifteen of the 50 cities will ultimately win the grand prize, with each receiving $1 million and robust multi-year technical assistance to implement and scale their ideas. Grand Prize Winners will be announced in early 2022.

“These 50 finalists are showing the world that in the face of the pandemic's enormous challenges, cities are rising to meet them with bold, innovative, and ambitious ideas," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City. “By helping these cities test their ideas over the coming months, we will have a chance to identify cutting-edge policies and programs that can allow cities to rebuild in ways that make them stronger and healthier, and more equal and more just."

Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States, proposes to develop a mobile workforce “middle space" to address one of the greatest challenges experienced by job seekers and local employers: connectivity.

Learn more in the PHX Newsroom Article: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Phoenix Named as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge

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