Knight Cities Challenge

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The perceived "east-west divide" in Duluth is significant, especially when it comes to socio-economic barriers and even a ten-year discrepancy in life expectancy, depending on where you live.

Could meeting in the middle somewhere, say, Canal Park, help get people thinking in a new way?

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation think so, and they're willing to shell out $200,000 to find out.  

Sara Mowchan must be a champion multi-tasker.

The project she submitted for the Knight Cities Challenge competition (one of three finalists from Duluth, among 144) not only pairs job seekers and residents of the city with professional opportunities ... it would use many of the city's historic - but unused - buildings as venues for the workshops.

To win, a project needs to focus on one or more of the following three criteria:

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The One River, Many Stories project galvanized the community last spring, and now it's one of three finalists (among 144) in the Knight Cities Challenge competition.

To win, a project needs to focus on one or more of the following three criteria:

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The title of the project is a mouthful ... but Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's proposal is one of three finalists (among 144) for the Knight Cities Challenge.

To win, a project needs to focus on one or more of the following three criteria:

●      Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep talented people;
●      Opportunity: Ideas that expand economic prospects and break down divides;
●      Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.