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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:49 PM

Milwaukee is a finalist in Mayor's Challenge for $5 million grand prize

Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Huffington Post are excited to announce the Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Selection. In this new contest, readers can vote on their favorite idea from the 20 finalists in the Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. Voting is open from February 20 through March 6. Click here to vote. Watch, engage, and share these bold ideas and help us crown the Fan Favorite!

Here's the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayors-challenge

Milwaukee's video shows the plan for changing foreclosed properties from a drain on the city's budget to sites for urban gardens that will revitalize the neighborhoods. It's based on the work of Will Allen of Growing Power. If you want to help, watch the video on the right side (third row, second from the left) and then vote for Milwaukee (purple area to the left).

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:33 PM

1. Will Allen and Growing Power are a major asset in Milwaukee ...



Growing Power is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing safe, affordable and healthy foods to communities. Since 1993, we have built community relationships, offered training and hands-on experiences to continue our mission. We are excited to be a national leader of the Good Food Movement and we look forward to the next twenty years!

Growing Power transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of Community Food Systems. These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy, affordable food for all residents in the community. Growing Power develops Community Food Centers, as a key component of Community Food Systems, through training, active demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance.

Will Allen, our Chief Executive Officer believes, "If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system."

Our goal is a simple one: to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community.

Will Allen at the Clinton Global Initiative

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