Mayor Gray To Solicit Ideas During Telephone Town Hall

Jul 11, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will be holding a town hall meeting tonight – via telephone. The aim of the meeting is to collect and discuss ideas for a competition launched by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Telephone Town Hall, as it’s being called, is intended to kick off Lexington’s search for the best ideas in town. The call for innovative solutions is part of Bloomberg’s Mayor’s Challenge, a competition to find the five ideas with the greatest potential for improving communities. The city that produces the winning idea will receive $5 million dollars.

"The prize money would be great, but any way you look at this Mayor's Challenge it's a win-win for Lexington because we're going to be gathering good ideas that represent opportunities and challenges and we can encourage through this the spirit of continuous improvement," Gray says.

Mayor Gray says the ideas must be submitted by August 1st. Though the deadline to sign up for the telephone town hall has passed, city officials say those interested can still add their names to the list by calling the mayor’s office. The meeting starts at 6:30 tonight.