Those interested in submitting economic development proposals to the Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Las Vegas challenge must register by July 24, 2014 (midnight EST) to be eligible to submit proposals. Only those individuals and teams registered are able to participate in this global crowdsourcing challenge seeking winning and transformative economic development ideas for Las Vegas. Phase one proposals are due Sept. 22, 2014, providing registrants with more than eight additional weeks to develop and fine tune their phase one proposals. Phase one winners will be announced in November 2014, and phase two winners will be selected in May 2015.
Please register today at https://lasvegas.sc2prize.com
Federally funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), SC2 is a prestigious international prize competition awarded in 2012 to three U.S. cities: Las Vegas, Nevada; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Hartford, Connecticut. In Las Vegas, the competition can award up to $900,000 in prizes for economic development plans to help revitalize four targeted areas within the city: Cashman Center, the Las Vegas Medical District, business parks, and existing Redevelopment Projects.
The city is reaching far and wide to solicit the most qualified multidisciplinary teams in the fields of land planning, urban design and other related fields to participate in this SC2 Challenge. The list of potential candidates includes leading professional firms as well as student teams, business owners and engaged citizens. More than 125 individuals are already registered to participate.
Winning plans must match Las Vegas’s needs, offer a feasible roadmap toward implementation, and represent innovative perspectives on economic development. The competition is divided into two phases:
• During phase one, multidisciplinary teams submit economic vision proposals to the city of Las Vegas for one of the four target areas.
• The top three proposals, as scored by members of an independent evaluation panel, will be submitted to the Las Vegas City Council to approve the receipt of cash prizes of $60,000 (1st place), $30,000 (2nd place), and $10,000(3rd place), respectively. They and any other selected finalists will advance to phase two.
• In phase two, finalists’ ideas will be expanded into comprehensive economic development plans for formal presentation and review by an esteemed panel of independent judges and for approval by the Las Vegas City Council. In phase two, first prize is $500,000; second prize is $100,000; third prize is $75,000; fourth and fifth prizes are $50,000 each; and sixth prize is $25,000.
For more information on the Las Vegas Strong Cities, Strong Communities Challenge, please visit https://lasvegas.sc2prize.com or contact Melissa Warren at Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations in Las Vegas at firstname.lastname@example.org.