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By ERRIN HAINES
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is among five U.S. mayors splitting $24 million in grants to address pressing challenges in their cities, from homelessness to gun violence.

Billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the grants as part of the Mayors Project, a new program at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Other cities participating in the program are Chicago, Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; and New Orleans. All have mayors in the first 18 months of their first terms in office.

The money will pay the salaries of teams who'll help design and carry out the plans. Each city chose two initiatives to tackle over the next three years.

Reed says Atlanta will use its $3.4 million create a 311 phone system to improve customer service and reduce homelessness and panhandling in the city.

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