FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2017
Contact: Susan Norton
What’s Fayetteville’s Biggest Challenge? Citizen Feedback Needed for Competition
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — We need your feedback! We need our citizens to help identify Fayetteville’s biggest challenges. The City will use information from Fayetteville’s Biggest Challenge poll to prioritize budgets, apply for grants, develop partnerships, and more. The poll is only three questions:
- What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Fayetteville today?
- In which sector would you categorize this challenge? (Public Health, Public Safety, Natural Systems, Economy & Jobs, Climate & Energy, Equity & Inclusion, Buildings & Streets, Community Life, Education, Other)
- Do you have any awesome, innovative ideas for addressing this challenge?
Results will first be used in a one-day Accelerator Workshop hosted by innovations experts and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Fayetteville is one of 300 cities participating in the first phase of the 2017 Mayors Challenge, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “flagship effort to encourage cities to generate bold responses to the urgent challenges they face.” Fayetteville will then submit an application describing an urgent challenge and how they will tackle that challenge in an innovative way. If Fayetteville keeps advancing in the Mayors Challenge, we could be one of five Champion Cities to win $1 million each to use our community’s innovative ideas to tackle challenges.
The Mayors Challenge is the first investment of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Initiative. Mayor Lioneld Jordan thinks Fayetteville could be a contender to be a Champion City. “Fayetteville’s unique sense of place represents a diverse range of styles, tastes, and philosophies. I am certain that the originality and vitality of our people will not only help identify our biggest challenges but also help champion the solutions to solve them,” said Mayor Jordan.
The American Cities Initiative builds on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ extensive existing efforts to strengthen cities through its arts and culture, education, environment, government innovation, and public health programs. The initiative focuses on three core areas:
- Promoting bold leadership and effective problem-solving in city halls;
- Advancing critical policies and legislation in areas ranging from education to climate change to opioid abuse; and
- Empowering citizens – including artists, volunteers, and entrepreneurs – to solve problems and strengthen social cohesion.
Mayor Jordan is challenging Fayetteville citizen’s to take the poll, “I’m issuing my own challenge. I want every citizen in Fayetteville to think of a solution for our City’s biggest issues. Accept the challenge and fill out the poll. I’m always working with our community to improve Fayetteville. I enjoy a little friendly competition, so I want us to win this challenge. One million dollars will help our community immensely. I thank you in advance for your participation.”
The website address for the poll is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FayettevilleChallenges