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Phoenix named finalist for philanthropy challenge

Phoenix was named today as one of the finalists in the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge, a competition aimed to generate innovative ideas and improve city life.

According to a release, Mayor Greg Stanton and City Manager David Cavazos announced that Phoenix is recognized for its idea of smart-energy district that improve neighborhoods. These neighborhoods will maximize energy diversity.

Phoenix will compete against 19 other cities across the country for the grand prize of $5 million. There will also be four additional prizes of $1 million each.

"We are going to use the money to make sure that every portion of the city -- not just downtown, not just the historic neighborhoods -- every neighborhood in the city has a plan to max out sustainability in their area," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

The ideas were rated on vision/creativity, ability to implement, potential for impact and potential for replication.

A team from Phoenix will be sent to New York City to work with other city teams to further their ideas.

Winners will be announced in spring 2013.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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