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GoPoint wins Hillsboro nomination for innovation award


City will now compete against 19 others for $5 million grand prize

Hillsboro has been selected as one of 20 finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge, a competition created to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life.

Hillsboro’s selection was based on its “GoPoint” platform, innovative transportation hubs that connect neighborhoods and employment centers with sustainable options. They allow citizens to use alternate travel modes such as bike sharing, car and ride sharing, personal rental cars, hourly rental cars, vanpools, and other means.

"We are incredibly honored and excited to be a finalist. GoPoint Hillsboro is a bold idea because it seamlessly integrates travel hubs with web, mobile and on-site applications to offer individualized travel options,” Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey said. “The GoPoint system will provide travelers with real-time information available for trips to, from and within the City based on a coordinated system of hub origin, destination points and transportation options."

Hillsboro will now compete against 19 other cities across the country for the $5 million grand prize as well as one of four additional prizes of $1 million each. A team from Hillsboro will attend Bloomberg Ideas Camp, a two-day gathering in New York City, during which city teams will work collaboratively with each other and experts to further refine their ideas.

Coming out of Camp, the Hillsboro team will have access to additional technical support to prepare their ideas for final submission. Winners will be announced in spring 2013, with a total of $9 million going to five cities to jump-start implementation of their ideas.

"Congratulations to Mayor Willey and the City of Hillsboro for becoming a Mayors Challenge finalist,” said James Anderson, who directs the Government Innovation program at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “The response to the Mayors Challenge was extraordinary: bold and innovative ideas were submitted from every corner of the country. We look forward to welcoming the Hillsboro team to Ideas Camp."

A total of 305 cities submitted ideas for consideration. The 20 finalists are: Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Durham, NC; High Point, NC; Hillsboro, OR; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Knoxville, TN; Lafayette, LA; Lexington, KY; Milwaukee, WI; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Providence, RI; Saint Paul, MN; San Francisco, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Springfield, OR; and Syracuse, NY.