Although Knoxville did not win a $5 million Bloomberg grant, Mayor Madeline Rogero says she will continue working on the "Urban Food Corridor" plan that was outlined in Knoxville's submission for the award.
The plan would create working farms on blighted properties in Knoxville neighborhoods, with the idea being to provide locally-grown produce to stores, restaurants, and residents in areas that lack affordable, accessible healthy food. The Knox County Health Department and the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council have helped develop the concept.'
Knoxville's plan made it to the final 20 from more than 300 concepts entered. The $5 million grand prize went to Providence, R.I, and $1 million award runner-ups went to Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Santa Monica, Calif.