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NYC's Bloomberg launches European city contest

September 24, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering European cities millions of dollars to be government groundbreakers. He's tapping his personal fortune to extend his city-as-civic-laboratory campaign overseas as the end of his own tenure nears.

He was in London on Tuesday to invite about 600 sizeable European cities to compete for 9 million euros — about $12 million — in prizes from his personal foundation. The contest is for novel plans to improve urban life.

The competition could signal how Bloomberg aims to maintain and broaden his impact on government after his 12-year tenure ends in December.

The contest is open to cities with 100,000 or more residents in 40 countries.

It's modeled on a Bloomberg Philanthropies competition that awarded $9 million to five U.S. cities this year.



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