Mayor Bloomberg is in London Tuesday to bring his campaign to turn cities into civic-laboratories overseas.
At a news conference at London City Hall, the mayor is inviting about 600 sizeable European cities to compete for 9 million euros—about $12 million—for plans to solve urban problems or make government work better. The competition is open to cities with 100,000 or more residents in 40 countries. Winners of a 5 million euro grand prize and four 1 million euro awards will be announced next fall.
The money will come from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the mayor's foundation. Earlier this year, Bloomberg awarded $9 million to five U.S. cities in a similar experiment. The move could signal how the mayor aims to maintain his impact on government after his 12-year tenure ends in December.
With reporting from the Associated Press.