Brno/New York - Mayor Roman Onderka today hailed the success of the Moravian capital Brno that is among the 21 towns advancing to the final of the competition in creating innovative solutions to urban challenges, organised by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg´s foundation.
"For Brno, our project´s advancing to the final is close to victory. I think our project may influence the life of any town resident. It does not solve problems for them but teaches them to solve problems by themselves," Onderka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said.
A jury is to assess the advancing projects, whose implementation will be subsidised by the Bloomberg Philantropies foundation. The winner will receive five million euros and the next four best projects one million each.
A total of 155 cities with over 100,000 inhabitants, which was a condition for participation, lodged their applications within the competition.
Apart from Brno, the advancing 21 towns from 11 countries include capital cities such as Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, Sofia, Warsaw and Athens, as well as smaller towns.
Brno, the Czech Republic´s second largest city with 400,000 inhabitants, competes with a project of safe housing ensured by the municipal police. It counts with the reintroduction of the post of a house caretaker, with the role of not only a housekeeper but also an adviser who would enhance the local community´s activeness.
The project´s goal is to involve civic groups, NGOs and consulting centre in solving problems and ascertaining the causes behind them. It is to boost people´s cohabitation, togetherness and living standard.