Realize Bradenton's $90,000 winning idea didn't just pop up
By TERRY GALVIN
April 6, 2015
...."In the past four years, Realize Bradenton has undertaken big civic projects that transformed the city's Riverwalk and the Village of the Arts. Both of these projects involved college students "as drivers for the big ideas."
Perhaps most significantly, the group last year took part in the Aspirations to Actions initiative of The Patterson Foundation, in partnership with the Harwood Institute, to hold community conversations with millennials, asking them what they wanted in their community.
Those conversations showed their top priorities included "more diverse opportunities for social gatherings that are outside of the typical bar scene. Millennials want to get off the bar stool and engage in experiences that they can shape, as well as influence topics such as housing, transportation, and technology," according to Realize Bradenton.
Its winning proposal to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Cities Challenge aims to do just that."...