The City of Knoxville applied for a grant from the 2012 Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, which will award four $1 million grants and one $5 million grant to cties who come up with innovative ways to solve national problems on a local level. Knoxville's application proposes an urban food corridor.
The city offered residents the chance to pitch ideas of problems to solve here, and out of these came the urban food corridor, which addresses "urban blight and food deserts," according to a city press release. The city's proposal, the release says, includes repurposing vacant lots for small-scale food production, partnering with existing facilities to establish certified kitchens for food processing, and establishing a legal mechanism to enable a business model of food distribution and resale to local establishments.
"This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of new funding avenues available to us," said Susanna Sutherland in the press release. Sutherland is the manager of the city's Office of Sustainability, and oversaw the application process for the grant, and submitted it online today, according to the press release.
More than 390 cities in 47 states applied for the grant. Winners will work with Bloomberg Philanthropies to complete the grant work within two years, the press release says.
View the city's application here.