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CityLab 2016

To highlight innovation and effective practices in urban governance by supporting CityLab 2016, an annual gathering that will be held in Miami that gathers the world’s most creative mayors and city practitioners with artists, academics, entrepreneurs and other public and private sector leaders focused on improving cities and spreading urban strategies that work.

Refresh Miami Tech & Startup Community Initiatives

To foster greater connections among South Florida’s entrepreneurial and tech communities by supporting Refresh Miami to grow its monthly meetups, workshops and hackathons, along with an online site that includes event calendar, user-generated blog posts, job listings and member profiles.

The George Barley Water Prize

To engage leading innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists from around the world by supporting the George Barley Water Prize, a $10 million competition for designing and implementing a cost-effective technology to remove excess phosphorous from freshwater bodies.

EcoTech Visions, The Future of Green

To expand learning and economic opportunities for low income Miami residents by supporting EcoTech Vision's Coding Bootcamp, a seven week course in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood that prepares members of the community for careers in technology.

Emerging City Champions

To provide civic innovators in Knight communities with the best knowledge on how to improve public spaces through 8-80 Cities' study tours, the Emerging City Champions program and the city residency programs.

Informed Citizen Akron

To promote nonpartisan journalism excellence and audience engagement in Ohio during the 2016 presidential election by supporting the Informed Citizen Akron (ICAkron) project to conduct nonpartisan in-depth polling and, nonpartisan civic engagement, to help newsrooms listen more closely and respond to the broad information needs of Ohio voters.

Biscayne Green

Creating a pop-up park and urban forest along Biscayne Boulevard to drive momentum for “Biscayne Green,” a proposal to redesign Biscayne Boulevard to include a pedestrian promenade.

Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers

Building cultural bridges to Philadelphia’s immigrant communities with cooking classes celebrating ethnic food operated by chefs from Reading Terminal Market.

Can Do Signs

Rethinking municipal signs that typically tell people “what not to do,” to spur fun, imagination and positivity throughout Charlotte; the project will create signs that provide amusing, enchanting, fun options: You can dance! You can sing! You can skip!

Crown TownHall

Helping residents more easily connect with their local government and get involved with civic issues through pop-up events where they can meet elected officials, sign up for city services, and review area planning efforts.

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