Voting for Fan Favorite in Mayors Challenge Ends Mar. 6

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Kristin Farley
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400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Voting for Fan Favorite in Mayors Challenge Ends Mar. 6

Posted: 03/04/2013
There are just a few days left to vote for the "Fan Favorite" in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge. Knoxville is one of 20 finalist cities in the competition, which sought innovative proposals for urban problems. Mayor Madeline Rogero has proposed the creation of an Urban Food Corridor to alleviate the problems of food deserts and blighted properties in City neighborhoods.

Anyone can vote (one time only) in the Fan Favorite contest, from now until March 6th: The winning Fan Favorite city will receive a $50,000 services grant from IBM to support implementation of its proposal, as well as featured coverage and promotion from The Huffington Post, including a monthly front page column for its mayor for a year and an interview with Arianna Huffington on Huff Post Live (Huffington Post's video news platform).

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge offers one $5 million award and four $1 million awards for innovative local solutions to national problems. Last fall, Knoxville was announced as one of 20 finalists from 305 cities that applied. Representatives from all 20 finalist cities attended an "Ideas Camp" in New York City in November, and submitted revised proposals for final consideration by the end of January. Winners will be announced this spring.

You can read a column by Mayor Rogero and watch a video about Knoxville's proposal at