2021 Sandbox Challenge

It's that time again! TJCOG is now accepting submissions to the 2021 Sandbox Challenge. COVID-19 has exposed our region's biggest challenges to economic resilience and recovery. The 2021 Sandbox Challenge seeks to crowdsource the most pressing ones in our region, with the promise of allocating resources to one chosen finalist.


Is there a pressing challenge related to economic stability, community resilience, or COVID recovery that your organization cannot address alone? Are there growing economic challenges on the horizon as a result of COVID that your organization lacks capacity to think about or plan for? Submit this challenge before March 19th.
  • The submission must be "sponsored" by an organization(s), rather than by a single individual.
  • The challenge must extend across multiple counties in the TJCOG region - the more, the better. Learn more about the TJCOG Region here!
  • The challenge impacts or is impacted by the decisions of the public sector.
  • The challenge requires unique solutions and its long-term impacts are difficult to measure. 
Call for Challenges Information Page



Selection of Finalists

All submissions will be reviewed by TJCOG staff to ensure each meets the criteria listed above.

Five submissions will then be chosen as finalists through an interactive voting process on social media and TJCOG communications. Be on the lookout for opportunities to cast your vote starting in late March!

Announcement of Winner

TJCOG's Board of Delegates will select a winner on April 28th; the winning challenge will be announced on April 30th. The selected challenge will be the topic for all the Sandbox Series programming and work groups in FY 2022.



Jenny Halsey
jhalsey@tjcog.org, 919.558.9343 
Lindsay Whitson 
lwhitson@tjcog.org, 919.558.9319
Wonder what can emerge from the Sandbox Challenge?
Learn about the 2019-2020 winner and its result: the Regional Recruitment Partnership