What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has launched the Knight Cities Challenge, seeking new ideas that make the 26 communities – including Akron – where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. The challenge is offering $5 million for innovative projects that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

It launches on Oct. 1, with applications being accepted until Nov. 14. The challenge is open to innovators of all types: architects, activists, artists, city planners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, city officials, as well as governments and organizations.

There are only two rules for the challenge and is designed to be simple to encourage a diversity of applications:

1) A submission may come from anywhere, but the project must take place in or benefit one or more of 26 Knight communities – including Akron.

2) The idea should focus on one or all of three key drivers of city success: attracting and retaining talent, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement.

The initial application is available at knightcities.org. Submit your best ideas for Akron.

If you have questions or require more information, an informational meeting will be held on Monday, October 6th at 4:00pm in the Akron Summit County Public Library Auditorium located at 60 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44326