Knoxville a finalist for $5M 'Mayor's Challenge' award

11:14 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy: Huffington Post
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After a long application process, Knoxville has been named as a finalist for the Mayor's Challenge award.

Bloomberg philanthropies narrowed down their search to 20 cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and Knoxville. If Knoxville wins the award, they will receive $5 million to be used for an "innovative idea."

Mayor Rogero wants to use the money to create urban food corridors all around Knoxville. These corridors would lease vacant city land to farmers to grow food that could be sold around the city.

If this happens, the city hopes their hard work will help other cities eliminate their own food deserts.
"What we would have is a gift for the rest of the country basically to say okay, we've worked through all of the nastiness and the mess and the regulations, and we've troubleshot and we've figured this out and now here's a package of what you need from a legislation standpoint, here's what a budget would look like, here's how this could happen in your city," said Susanna Sutherland, the director of the Office of Sustainability.

Knoxville's proposal is also listed on There you can vote for Knoxville as a "fan favorite."

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