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Phoenix Named as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2018 Mayors ChallengePhoenix Named as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2018 Mayors Challenge<div class="ExternalClass8936F7D3DF414A92A999FDC9CECEB186"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Phoenix is among 35 Champion Cities That Will Embark on 6-month Testing Phase in Competition for Grand Prize</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>As Part of the American Cities Initiative, Challenge Will Invest $17.5 Million in Grants and Technical Assistance to Discover Innovative Solutions to Urgent Local Issues</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Increasing urban heat threatens the health and well-being of vulnerable residents in Phoenix – the third hottest city in the U.S – as well as its long-term economic viability, yet the city lacks a cohesive strategy to address this major risk. The city of Phoenix will create a first-of-its-kind HeatReady program (like programs developed for storms) to enable local governments to holistically manage how they identify, prepare for, mitigate, track, and respond to the dangers of urban heat.</em></p><p><strong>Phoenix February 21, 2018 –</strong>Phoenix is one of 35 Champion Cities selected today as finalists in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. These 35 urban innovations rose to the top of a competitive pool of more than 320 applications. The Champion Cities will now begin a 6-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas with grant funding of up to $100,000 per city, a new addition to the Competition this year. The Mayors Challenge returns to the U.S. as the first investment in the American Cities Initiative, a $200 million suite of new and expanded programs that will empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.</p><p>Phoenix now advances to the six-month "Test, Learn, and Adapt" phase of the competition. Cities will refine their ideas during this process with up to $100,000, as well as personalized support from innovation experts, to test and begin building support for their urban innovations and submit a new application in August 2018. In October, four cities will receive $1 million awards and one will receive a grand prize of $5 million to bring their ideas to life.</p><p>"We received hundreds of bold and creative ideas from cities around the country in response to the 2018 Mayors Challenge, and these 35 really stood out for their potential to improve people's lives. The next six months are a great opportunity for the cities to test their ideas and make them even more innovative and effective," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City.</p><p>The 35 Champion Cities performed the best against four key criteria - vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities. A prestigious selection committee Co-Chaired by Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns and comprising distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives and social innovation leaders assessed the applications.</p><p>Phoenix will create a first-of-its-kind HeatReady program (like programs developed for storms) to enable local governments to holistically manage how they identify, prepare for, mitigate, track, and respond to the dangers of urban heat.</p><p>Other cities competing for the grand prize include: Los Angeles, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, and Boston.</p><p>"As cities across the country grapple with the challenges of a changing climate, too many are responding with crisis-driven policies," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. "No city is better positioned to take the lead and prepare for climbing temperatures than Phoenix. We're proud to join 34 other cities in Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge and ready to accelerate our work to become heat-ready."</p><p>The 2018 Mayors Challenge builds on the success of previous Bloomberg-sponsored Challenges in the U.S. (2013), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). For more information, visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1364908/4119508/21229/3/">mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org</a> and @BloombergCities on Twitter and Instagram.</p><p> </p><p><strong>About Phoenix</strong></p><p>Phoenix is the fifth-largest American city, home to 1.6 million people. The most populous state capital, it was named the 2017 "Highest Performing City" by Governing Magazine. Key industries include advanced business and financial services, technology, health and life sciences, hospitality, and advanced manufacturing. At 517 square miles, with world-renowned mountain trails and opportunity for diverse lifestyles, Phoenix has the shortest average commute times among the 12 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Founded in 1868, Phoenix's wild-west roots grew to host major events in a dynamic downtown for the Super Bowl, NCAA championships and music festivals. For more information, visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1364908/4119508/21230/6/">Phoenix.gov</a>.</p><p><strong>About Bloomberg Philanthropies</strong></p><p>Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million. For more information, please visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1364908/4119508/20621/9/">www.bloomberg.org</a> or follow us on <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1364908/4119508/20622/10/">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1364908/4119508/20623/11/">Instagram</a>, and <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1364908/4119508/20625/12/">Twitter</a>.</p><p><strong>Media Contacts</strong></p><p>Bloomberg Philanthropies, Courtney Greenwald, (212) 205-0361, <a href="mailto:courtney@bloomberg.org">courtney@bloomberg.org</a></p><p>City of Phoenix, Matthew Hamada, (602) 376-5899, <a href="mailto:matthew.hamada@phoenix.gov?subject=Bloomberg%20Challenge">matthew.hamada@phoenix.gov</a><br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p></div>2/21/2018 5:00:00 PMMatthew Hamada602-376-5899