SOUTH BEND - South Bend is one of nine cities to win $1 million in a competition designed to help recipients "confront the toughest problems faced by cities today." The Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge is a year-long initiative that involves accelerator workshops, coaching and creative problem solving to develop solutions with breakthrough potential.

The funding for South Bend will help it tackle issues like improving reliability of transportation for low-income and part-time workers by partnering with ride-share companies and employers to offset costs. In February, South Bend was named one of 35 finalists.

In addition to South Bend, the winners include: Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado; Durham, North Carolina; Georgetown, Texas; Huntington, West Virginia; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; and New Rochelle, New York.

Founder Michael Bloomberg says "mayors across the country are tackling the big issues that Washington is ignoring. This competition is designed to help them do even more, by incentivizing and supporting big - and achievable - new ideas. Congratulations to all of the winning mayors, who represent cities large and small, in regions across the country. We look forward to seeing the results of their work -- and to helping the ideas that prove most effective spread far and wide."

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