Danville participating in challenge to win up to $5 million for idea to improve city

Online survey available for people to submit ideas

DANVILLE, Va. – The city of Danville wants to hear your ideas on how to make the city a better place to live.

This is part of the Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge.

You have until next week to fill out a survey.

A group of 15 people chosen by Danville's mayor and city manager will then come up with an idea based on the results.

If the city's idea is chosen as one of the top 35, the city will receive $100,000 to develop it.

The idea will be submitted again next year for a chance to win up to $5 million.

"Last year, in October, the city identified three main focus areas, including reducing crime, improving education, and growing Danville, which is economic development. So those were some of the baseline ideas that we're starting off with," said Danville City Manager Ken Larking.

Danville resident Clarence Martin would like to see the city do more to bring back all of the businesses that used to be downtown.

"It was packed down here on Saturdays in the '70s," said Martin. "Downtown is dry now, man. The mall came and took downtown away. We need restoration of downtown."

This is the first time the city has participated in the Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge.


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