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Kingston makes top 20 in Bloomberg competition

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 6:03 PM
An aerial view of New Kingston.

The city of Kingston is one of 20 finalists in the 2016 Bloomberg Philanthropies' Latin American and Caribbean Mayors’ Challenge.     

Bloomberg Philanthropies received submissions from 290 eligible cities and chose the top 20 ideas to go to the finals.

The Mayors’ Challenge is a competition that encourages cities to generate bold ideas that solve urban challenges and improve city life.

Kingston was chosen for its idea of tackling entrenched youth unemployment through a mobile digital platform.

This platform encourages young people to explore, create, and access career opportunities in many industries, especially Jamaica's cultural and music industry, based on their strengths and interests.

The finalists will compete for a grand prize of US$5 million and four US$1 million awards, as well as extensive implementation support.

The 2016 Mayors Challenge is the first in Latin America and the Caribbean following successful competitions in the United States and Europe.