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Winners of 2016 Knight Cities Challenge Announced

May 2, 2016

The 37 winners of the Knight Cities Challenge have been announced. Selected from a pool of over 4,500 applicants, the winning projects will benefit 19 cities across the United States. Knight Cities considered entries from activists, designers, entrepreneurs, community members, and more. Projects included:

  • Detroit’s Pink Zone: Creating new opportunities for jobs and businesses by developing a new tool to streamline city development regulations and engaging design talent and developers to help reshape commercial districts.
  • The Democracy Lab: Creating a shared space in downtown Milledgeville, located next to City Hall and near a makerspace and a library, that will foster civic engagement through public events, meetings that gather residents and leaders to problem-solve, and resources that better connect civic institutions.
  • The People First Project: Creating a network of tactical urbanists who collectively select a single urban challenge each year on which to focus quick, low-cost, creative improvements.

To be considered, the projects needed to benefit one of the 26 Knight Cities communities, which are locations where the founding Knight brothers once owned newspapers. Entries were judged on their ability to help cities attract and retain talented people, their potential to expand economic opportunities, and their commitment to spurring civic engagement. The winners will receive grants totaling $5 million. Next year’s challenge will open for submissions this fall.
Click here to see the 2016 winners of the Knight Cities Challenge.