Rochester wins global Mayors challenge, awarded $1M

(ABC 6 News) – The 15 winning cities of the 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge were announced Tuesday and Rochester is one of them.

"The 15 winning cities named today hail from 13 nations on six continents and collectively represent more than 30 million residents. When the competition launched in January 2021, mayors from 631 cities in 99 countries submitted their boldest ideas to the competition."

The Rochester project focuses on the economic mobility of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) women through careers in all-phases of the built environment and construction. Construction is a key pathway to economic recovery and sustainable job growth, as Rochester’s $6 billion Destination Medical Center (DMC) economic development initiative is expected to generate new construction jobs over 20 years.

Mayor Kim Norton shares, “We are so very honored and excited to be selected as one of the top 15 cities selected. Advancing the work in our proposal will allow us to address the marked disparities that exist for BIPOC women in Rochester. It will also help meet the needs of the construction and built environment industries that are vital to our growing community and in advancing the new federal infrastructure investment.”