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Milwaukee Mayor Engages The City To Submit Ideas For the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge. The Mayors Challenge is a competition inspiring American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with cities across the nation. Winners of this competition could get some cool cash to implement their ideas.

Milwaukee has entered the competition along with hundreds of cities, and Mayor Barrett wants your ideas via Tournavation. Milwaukee is asking its citizens to submit innovative ideas and solutions focusing on two issues: food security and foreclosures.

"Our challenge is to find out how to ​leverage​ the land and property assets in foreclosure to create greater and more efficient access to healthy, locally-grown food for citizens in need of better food security. That's where you, the people of Milwaukee, come in. I want your best and most creative ideas to include in this plan. Individuals and groups are asked to think about innovative solutions that can transform the vacant lots and abandoned properties -- the casualties of the foreclosure crisis -- into assets that will expand and strengthen Urban Agriculture to improve food security in Milwaukee, and cities across America."

Submissions for ideas begin today, August 14 and the deadline is August 24 at 5pm CST. Your idea must be 400 words or less and can be emailed to mayorschallenge@milwaukee.gov or via the Tournavation's website.

On August 28, selected submissions will be pitched at City Hall's Rotunda to the public and a panel of judges from 6-8pm. The winning finalist from this pitch will be announced on September 7 and integrated into Milwaukee's submission into Bloomberg's Mayors Challenge.

Even if we aren't selected as the winner, some ideas could be very worthy to implement on our own.

What are your thoughts and ideas?