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A contestant in Greensboro’s SC2 Challenge has filed a formal complaint against another team and is asking for the city to hand out sanctions. Emails show that team Gig G believes that another contestant,CityFi, “…violates the rules and regulations of this competition as outlined on both the SC2 Website and at the recent work session meeting held with the six finalist teams by yourself and outside competition management company.” Gig G team member Larry Cecchini wrote the email.

Gig G is specifically at odds with a PDF that was created by CityFi and emailed to, “an unknown group of people within Greensboro (and maybe beyond the city),” Cecchini wrote. The PDF CityFi created was and sent out was a Request to Participate in field demonstrations.

The email shows nine things that Gig G feels are unethical and unfair, and it ranges from CityFi using the city’s logo, to misleading the reader, to misrepresenting facts. Cecchini ended the complaint by stating, “Cityfi Team should be sanctioned for this illegal and unethical action.”

The SC2 Challenge is an economic development contest organized by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. In the fall of 2012, Greensboro was selected along with Las Vegas, Nevada and Hartford, Connecticut to participate in the contest.

Six teams continue to compete for the top prize, A selection committee made up of five-members will decide the SC2 winner. The winner of the contest will be the one that has the best idea about how to stimulate local economies and job growth. The winner, who will receive $500,000, is expected to be announced in August.

Roch Smith, Jr. of CityFi says, “We’re flattered this other team is paying so much attention to Cityfi, but those accusations are unfounded and inaccurate.

We are enthusiastically working on making Cityfi’s idea for city-wide public Wi-Fi happen for the benefit of the people of Greensboro. We are doing so in accordance with the rules of the SC2 contest, and assertions to the contrary are just plain reckless.”

Ironically, after city officials released the names of the six finalists for the contest in December 2014, YES! Weekly Staff revealed that contest judge Wayne Szafranski, an assistant vice-chancellor for outreach and economic development at NC A&T State University, was listed as someone working with Gig-G. When Mayor Nancy Vaughan was asked by YES! about Szafranski being a judge and being listed as someone working with Gig G she said, “In my opinion, if a judge had contact with one of the submitting teams he should have recused himself from the entire process.”

The city ultimately ruled that Gig G was not in violation.


The City of Greensboro police/community dialogue meeting is scheduled for 6 pm on Monday, March 23, at the Bennett College Global Learning Center. The meeting was postponed in February due to inclement weather.

The City of Greensboro Human Relations Department, in partnership with the Greensboro Police Department, Pulpit Forum, Greensboro Faith Leaders Council, and Greensboro Police Foundation, is hosting the meeting as an opportunity for community members to meet with police, civic organizers, and faith leaders to discuss police and community relations. The goals of the sessions are to inform, share concerns, discuss lessons learned, and recommend ways to enhance understanding in three primary areas:

Interacting with police/use of force and discretion Accountability and transparency of police officers and operations Opportunities for police and members of the community to better connect After a brief introduction, audience members will divide into focus group areas and participate in a facilitated discussion.

Residents interested in attending can register online here: Seating is limited, but walk-ins are welcome the evening of the dialogue if space allows. !