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Kingston makes top 20 in Bloomberg challenge

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMJason Cross

Mayor of Kingston Dr Angela Brown-Burke was excited this week as she officially announced Kingston's selection among 19 other cities to advance to the final of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Latin America and the Caribbean Mayors Challenge.

Each year, the Bloomberg's Mayors' Challenge invites hundreds of cities from a specific region to define a serious problem and to develop new and bold ideas as possible solutions that have the potential to improve the way governments work and to improve the lives of citizens.

Also, they have the opportunity to have their models adopted by other cities across the world.

This year, 290 cities participated. Their ideas were evaluated based on their vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities.

"Today (Monday), we are at a very good place because 290 cities entered and Kingston is now one of the top 20," Brown-Burke said.

Kingston's area of focus in the competition is on youth unemployment, and the city has been looking at tackling the problem through a mobile digital platform that encourages Jamaicans to explore, create and access career opportunities.

Since the KSAC put the word out that Kingston would be entering the competition, a number of organisations, including the Social Development Commission, the Jamaica Pro-motions Corporation, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, and Pan-Jamaican Investments Trust, have come on board to lend their expertise to ensure further success in the competition.

A coach is expected to arrive in the island this week to assist with fine-tuning efforts.

A winner is expected to be announced among five top cities later this year.

The winning city will receive US$5 million. Four other cities will receive US$1 million each.