Philly wins $1 million grant from Bloomberg Mayors Challenge

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Philadelphia was selected as one of five winners in the philanthropic Bloomberg Mayors Challenge and will receive a $1 million grant for a Nutter administration project aimed at creating new ways to work with the private sector. 

Rather than simply putting out an RFP for a service need, the Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership will work with companies to develop ideas for what that service can be. The idea is that the traditional approach to procurement assumes the government knows exactly what it needs when it asks the private sector for something; the PSEP, however, will allow it to explore previously untapped solutions to city problems. 

Providence, R.I., won the top prize of $5 million for an early-education project that focuses on speaking to low-income children more often at a young age. The other $1 million winners are Chicago, Houston and Santa Monica, Calif.