Mayor Menino Wants To Hear Your $5 Million Idea

The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge offers opportunity to reward Boston for innovation.

Calling all of Boston's urban mechanics: Mayor Thomas Menino wants your help coming up with a $5 million idea.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge is a competition for U.S. cities to develop ideas to solve problems and improve cities’ quality of life.

The city with the most innovative idea will win $5 million, and four other cities will receive $1 million, according to a City of Boston press release.

“This is a terrific opportunity propose creative solutions for our city,” said Menino via press release. “We are all urban mechanics. If you have an inventive idea that can make our city better, I want to hear it.”

Some of the innovative ideas that Boston has created (with some expanded to areas outside of the city) include Citizens Connect, Renew Boston, and the Hubway bikeshare system.

Like the above-mentioned services, the idea submitted "must address a social or economic problem or improve the city’s customer service, level of efficiency, or accountability to and engagement with the public."

Menino is particularly interested in ideas that can: increase access to technology, expand affordable energy solutions, provide for Boston’s growing senior population, or support the diversity of languages spoken in Boston.


Here's how to share your idea 

Click here to start. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 20. The Mayor’s Office will review ideas submitted by outside individuals, as well as City departments and select one to submit to the competition in mid-September.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will announce the winners in spring 2013. For more information about the Mayors Challenge click here

Ajax August 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Will Mayor Menino name my idea after himself?
electtomdooley December 06, 2012 at 10:56 AM
I had an idea, worth more than $5 million; gift a key-ready elementary school building to the City of Boston so my two kids could walk to school as I did in 1969 in Jamaica Plain. Tom refused to meet with us, and we moved on and opened the $18 million project with Park Street Church instead. Big on tuition, low on diversity. Great job Tom Menino, poster child for affirmative action, the insurance salesman made Mayor of Boston when Clinton sent Ray Flynn to the Vatican: "An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country."


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