The Power of the Prize

By Noël Harmon, director, National Talent Dividend

I’ve been traveling for a few days and came into the office early to catch up on work; however, before I got to the meat of my day, I received an e-mail from one of my supervisors asking me to send him “the best narrative you’ve written on why the prize is important in accelerating the work of cities.” He was referring to the $1 million Talent Dividend Prize competition, which I manage. The prize is a joint initiative between CEOs for Cities and Living Cities, funded by the Kresge Foundation, and awarded to the U.S. city that exhibits the greatest increase in the number of degrees granted per one thousand people in the city from 2009/2010 to 2012/2013.

Intrigued by this request, I thought, “I’m pretty sure I’ve never written about the prize in quite this way.”

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