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Officials gather to watch Huntington win $1M in Mayors Challenge


The Herald-Dispatch

Members of Huntington’s Mayor’s Challenge team gather with Huntington Police officers and firefighters to watch Huntington receive a $1 million award from the Bloomberg Challenge Monday at City Hall.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Members of Huntington’s Mayors Challenge team gathered with city firefighters and police officers Monday morning at City Hall to watch the live announcement that the city was selected as one of the winners of the 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams was in Detroit, Michigan, to receive the $1 million award in a ceremony that was broadcasted live from CityLab. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the formal announcement of the nine winning cities, which included Huntington.

Bloomberg said Huntington was selected for its innovative approach to combating compassion fatigue experienced by first responders, who are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

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