If you'll recall, Knoxville submitted a proposal to the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge, which aims to help implement innovative ideas to improve cities by awarding a $5 million grand prize and four $1 million prizes to runners-up with the best ideas. Knoxville's proposal has been selected as a finalist!
Mayor Madeline Rogero submitted a proposal for Knoxville to create an urban food corridor, which would provide employment and economic development opportunities, the city said in a press release today, by way of three components: repurposing vacant lots for food production, partnering with existing facilities to certify kitchens to process food, and establishing a business model to improve distribution of food to communities in need. The city's plan was chosen (along with 19 others) based on the vision/creativity of the plan, the ability to implement the plan, the potential for impact, and the potential for replication the plan had
You can find the full details of Knoxville's submitted proposal here.
Now that Knoxville's in the finals for that big old grand prize, a team will be sent for a two-day conference in New York (along with teams from the other 19 cities chosen as finalists) for the Bloomberg Ideas Camp. There, the city's press release said, the Knoxville team will work collaboratively with other cities and experts to refine the proposed plans. They'll also have some technical support to get their final submissions ready.
"This is exciting news for the City of Knoxville," Rogero said in the press release. "To be among the 20 finalists in the nation is both humbling and thrilling. We look forward to the Bloomberg Ideas Camp where we can fine-tune our idea."
For more information on the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge, visit the group's website.