The City of Greensboro is at the crossroads...and it needs your input.
It has launched a competition that will award $1 million for a proposal for spurring economic growth in Greensboro. The economic catalyst challenge is part of the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration's Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) grant that the City received in 2012. Learn more.
Share your ideas, recommendations and suggestions for economic growth in Greensboro by visiting www.GreensboroIdeas.com. On that site, you can also join conversations about other people's ideas and recommend projects you think could be of use to economic development organizations and individuals submitting proposals for the City's growth. (Refer to this article about Greensboro's economic projects/plans that serve as a foundation for Greensboro's future.)
The general topics of discussion on www.GreensboroIdeas.com include the economy, workforce, students, transportation, downtown and quality of life.
The SC2 Challenge will be conducted in two phases. In the first, taking place now, the City has issued a request for proposals (RFP). Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 15, 2014. Three proposals from the first phase will be chosen as the best entries and awarded cash prizes in the $10,000-$60,000 range. From the proposals submitted in phase one, up to six will be selected (including the three top entries) to submit fully designed strategic economic development plans.
In January 2015, a $1 million winner will be selected. An evaluation panel, consisting of business leaders throughout Greensboro and a City Council liaison, has been selected by City Manager Denise Turner Roth to oversee the competition, rate proposals and choose the winners of both phases.
Questions? Contact the City's SC2 Project Manager Prince John Gaither-Eli at 336-373-7573.