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Cities of Service Launches New ‘Engaged Cities’ Award Program

Minot, North Dakota

Minot, North Dakota Michael Grass / Route Fifty


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There will be one $100,000 winner and two $50,000 winners, cities that have demonstrated success in working with their residents to tackle a public problem.

Attention cities that have undertaken important work when it comes to citizen engagement: There’s a new awards program that is seeking to showcase good examples of cities tapping the power of their citizens.

According to last week’s announcement, the Engaged Cities Award program “finds and elevates the growing number of diverse and creative ways city leaders around the world are harnessing the power of people to solve problems. The award shines a light on the best of the best, enabling cities around the world to learn from their peers and replicate the strategies in their own cities.”

The program is spearheaded by Cities of Service, a national nonprofit organization that aims to help mayors improve the way their governments work with residents to solve local challenges.

There will be three winners—one $100,000 winner and two $50,000 winners. The program is open to cities in Europe and the Americas with populations of at least 30,000 residents. The application deadline is Jan. 5, 2018.

Complete details about the Engaged Cities Award program are available here, but here’s an important thing to remember: “Submitted strategies must have already been implemented and show evidence of significantly decreasing (or completely solving!) a public problem.”