The Kumasi Metropolis has been classed among 50 champion cities selected globally to advance to the finalist stage of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge.
The 50 were chosen out of 631 cities who submitted applications earlier this year to partake in the worldwide competition, that encourages and spreads cities’ most promising ideas.
Kumasi City Mayor Hon Osei Assibey made the announcement of Wednesday 16th June 2021.
This year’s challenge under the auspices of Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on elevating the most important innovations generated in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Out of the 50 cities, 15 will win $ 1 million each – to help them implement their breakthrough ideas and ultimately to spread their ideas to other cities around the world.
The 50 cities hail from 29 nation’s on six continents.
They emerged from a highly competitive applicant pool: Mayors from 631 cities in 99 countries submitted their most promising ideas for consideration.
The finalists were elevated based on four creteria: vision, potential for impact, feasibility and transferability.
The selected Champion Cities are:
Akron, Amman, Auckland, Baltimore, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bogotá, Butuan,Cape Town, Cartagena,Columbus, Danané,Daegu,Durham, Freetown,Glasgow, Guadalajara,Hermosillo, Istanbul,Kigali,Kumasi, La Paz,Lansing, Leuven, London,Long Beach, Louisville, Lusaka, Manila,Meru,New Orleans,Newark,Paris, Paterson,Phoenix, Pune, Recife,Renca,Rio de Janeiro,Rochester, Rosario, Rotterdam, Rourkela,San Jose, Taipei,Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tunja,Umuaka,Vilnius, Wellington.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL MAYORS CHALLENGE
Cities with populations greater than 100,000 residents were invited to apply for the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge. The application period is now closed.
WHAT IS A GREAT IDEA?
The Mayors Challenge has identified the 50 leading urban innovations that were imagined or launched in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While at different stages of implementation, these ideas all have potential for meaningful impact and the ability to spread to other cities.
WHAT CAN CITIES WIN?
The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge gives 50 champion cities access to world-renowned experts in innovation and data to help them improve upon their ideas.
Fifteen grand-prize winners will then receive $1 million each to begin the implementation of their breakthrough ideas.