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4:15 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Lexington Among Finalists For Bloomberg Grant

Lexington’s proposal to create an online platform that would post city government data, identify civic problems, and crowd-source innovative solutions is among 20 finalists in a nationwide contest for local governments.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today that CitizenLex.org made it to the final round of judging in the 2012 Mayors Challenge. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says CitizenLex would allow the city to be more efficient and responsive.

“You know we have 911 for emergencies, we have 311 for asking for asking for city services. There’s really no system that engages ideas in a really meaningful and robust way. And that’s what this platform has the potential for. So to me, that’s what’s exciting,” Gray said.

Bloomberg Philanthropies received applications from 305 cities and considered each idea’s creativity, ability to implement, potential for impact, and potential for replication. The organization will award a grand prize of $5 million, and $1 million each to four runner-up cities to help jumpstart the proposals.

Last year, Louisville received a $4.8 million Bloomberg grant to tackle various urban problems.