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File #: RES 12-2047    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 11/7/2012
Title: Authorizing the Mayor's Office to accept a gift of travel and hotel accomodations from Bloomberg Philanthropies in conjunction with the Mayor's Challenge.
Sponsors: Kathy Lantry
Title
Authorizing the Mayor's Office to accept a gift of travel and hotel accomodations from Bloomberg Philanthropies in conjunction with the Mayor's Challenge.  
 
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WHEREAS, Bloomberg Philanthropies created the Mayors Challenge to recognize creative problem solving happening in City Halls across the country, offering one $5 million prize and four $1 million prizes to cities seeking to solve major challenges and improve city life through improved customer service, enhanced accountability and greater efficiency; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Coleman submitted an idea described as "Permit Saint Paul," offered by the Department of Safety and Inspections to transform their license/permit process into an interactive step-by-step on-line guide through which applicants will be supported with easy-to-follow questions and directions; and
WHEREAS, "Permit Saint Paul" was selected, from over 300 submissions, as one of twenty ideas for further refinement and evaluation; and
WHEREAS, Bloomberg Philanthropies has invited a team of four staff from the City of Saint Paul to a two-day "Ideas Camp" in New York City on November 12-13, 2012, where they will work with teams from other cities and technical consultants to strengthen the proposal for the final competition; and
WHEREAS, the cost of travel and lodging for each of the teams will be paid by Bloomberg Philanthropies; and
WHEREAS, the intensive work will strengthen the idea for future implementation by the City, thereby improving the quality of this essential public service; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the City accepts the gift of airfare/ground transportation at a total cost not to exceed $5,500 and hotel accommodations at a total cost not to exceed $2,000 for Ricardo Cervantes, Greg Schroeder, Steve Ubl and Nancy Homans to participate in the session; and be it finally
RESOLVED, that the City thanks Bloomberg Philanthropies for this opportunity.
 
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