News Release

LCG Competing in Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge
Posted: 8/21/2017 3:00 PM


Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) has officially thrown its hat into the ring as a participant in the 2017 Mayors Challenge. In its fourth iteration, the Mayors Challenge is sponsored and organized by Bloomberg Philanthropies and calls upon competing cities to identify an urgent challenge in their community and then develop an innovative plan to tackle the issue. The grand prize winner will be awarded $5 million and four cities will each win $1 million to bring their ideas to life.
With many local residents still recovering from historic flooding in August of 2016, LCG signed on early to the Mayors Challenge in hopes of addressing drainage issues. On August 15, LCG representatives, along with local subject matter experts and stakeholders, completed a one-day workshop, called an Idea Accelerator, facilitated by a Bloomberg Philanthropies representative. The workshop is designed to help participating Mayors Challenge cities strengthen their initial applications, which are due in October.
“The workshop guided us through a series of activities to help drill down to a very specific, action-oriented and innovative idea to address a really big issue,” said Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux. “The City of Carencro was fortunate to not have been severely affected by the 2016 flood; however we are still recovering from the 2012 floods which damaged almost 500 homes. We all have a vested interest in addressing the issue of drainage,” said Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux. “We have to approach drainage as a region because when it comes to water, city and parish lines don’t exist,” echoed Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison.

Other workshop participants were scientists and representatives from UL, LCG’s Planning, Zoning & Development and Public Works Departments and the Mayor-President’s office. Robideaux said he is encouraged by the initial ideas resulting from the workshop. “We had the benefit of some pretty incredible brain power advising us and working alongside us. I believe our application will have a great chance of advancing to the next round of the challenge.”
In 2013, LCG participated in the Mayors Challenge and advanced as a finalist with a civic engagement -themed application. Ultimately, the 2013 grand prize winner was awarded to Providence RI with Philadelphia, Houston, Santa Monica and Chicago also earning a winning spot and edging out Lafayette, Boston, San Francisco and Phoenix which were among the Top 20 finalists.