Residents asked to help identify Fayetteville’s biggest challenge


Fayetteville is asking residents to help identify the city’s biggest challenge in an effort to win $1 million to help solve it.

Officials have created a 3-question poll as part of the first phase of the 2017 Mayors Challenge, the flagship effort from Bloomberg Philanthropies which aims to encourage cities to come up with bold responses to the urgent challenges they face.

City leaders will then submit an application describing the challenge and how they plan to tackle it in an innovative way. If Fayetteville continues to advance in the project, the city could be one of five winners of $1 million to put toward a solution.

“Fayetteville’s unique sense of place represents a diverse range of styles, tastes, and philosophies,” said Mayor Lioneld Jordan in a statement. “I am certain that the originality and vitality of our people will not only help identify our biggest challenges but also help champion the solutions to solve them.”

The poll includes three questions:

  1. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Fayetteville today?
  2. In which sector would you categorize this challenge? (Public Health, Public Safety, Natural Systems, Economy & Jobs, Climate & Energy, Equity & Inclusion, Buildings & Streets, Community Life, Education, Other)
  3. Do you have any awesome, innovative ideas for addressing this challenge?

“I enjoy a little friendly competition, so I want us to win this challenge,” said Jordan. “One million dollars will help our community immensely. I thank you in advance for your participation.”

» Take the poll