Lexington named finalist in Mayors Challenge, eligible for $5 million grand prize

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Lexington has been named a finalist for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, according to a press release. The competition invited American cities to submit civic ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life, which can be shared with other cities across the nation.

Lexington was selected based on its idea to create CitizenLex.org, “a new media platform designed to tap into the source of new solutions and ideas the nation has always relied upon in challenging times: its people, its citizens,” the release said. “CitizenLex is designed to engage American ingenuity in city problem solving and planning, through robust mining and connecting the dots among studies, reports and ideas, all designed to build a great American city.”

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said more than 440 ideas were submitted by Lexington citizens. “We soon realized the most important idea we could submit for the contest was a way to continue and broaden that exchange and intentionally manage city government.”

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