"Storm Busters" is One of Four New Cities of Service Blueprints Outlining Steps for City Halls to Leverage Citizen Volunteers to Improve Local Life - Albuquerque, NM; Orlando, Fla., and Philadelphia Also Recognized for Successful Programs Supporting Families, Academic Success, and Sustainability Respectively
Cities of Service Executive Director Myung J. Lee announced the winners of the Cities of Service blueprint competition. Nashville, Tenn., under Mayor Karl Dean, was selected the grand prize winner for its strategy to protect the city's vast number of waterways from storm runoff and related damage through citywide coordinated restoration and resilience projects achieved with community partners and volunteers. Other cities recognized for successful programs that can be replicated elsewhere include Albuquerque, NM; Orlando, Fla., and Philadelphia. The winners were selected from 30 submissions earlier this year which proposed tested volunteer-based solutions to city problems. Cities of Service is a national nonprofit that supports mayors to leverage citizen service as a tool to drive public sector innovation and achieve measurable impact on pressing local challenges. Its coalition includes 201 cities in the United States and United Kingdom.