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Memphis Will Use Bloomberg’s Money to Fight Handgun Violence

Mayor A C Wharton says he’ll use the $4.8 million that he’s getting from the private foundation of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help reduce handgun violence in Memphis and spur economic development in the inner city, reports the Commercial Appeal.
The money will pay for “innovation teams” to focus on reviving blighted or abandoned properties in the city core and to approach the problem of handgun violence as a public health crisis, Wharton said.
Memphis is one of five cities splitting a $24 million grant as part of the Mayors Project, a government innovation program of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
“Mayors are uniquely positioned to tackle some of our most pressing challenges — from growing jobs to fighting climate change to keeping quality of life high,” Bloomberg said.
The $4.8 million grant requires a 50 percent local match, which would bring the total to $7.2 million. Kerry Hayes, special assistant to the mayor, said a “precise breakdown of public/private sources” for the $2.4 million match hasn’t been determined.