September 27, 2021

SC2 – Strong Cities, Strong Communities

Shaun Donovan, the Secretary for the U.S. HUD (Housing and Urban Development) office announced the Strong Cities, Strong Communities program this morning in Detroit. Six chosen cities, including Detroit, will act as a pilot for Strong Cities, Strong Communities (CS2) to begin it’s operations and test it’s success in a range of identifiably different U.S. Cities.

The program will essentially put federal agencies and workers in a position in which they will be helping boost economic growth by working directly with local and state government. The program will consist of four major components: The SC2 Community Solutions Team, the SC2 Fellowship Program, the SC2 Economic Planning Challenge, and the National Resource Network.

The Community Solutions Team will be a group of federal employees assigned to work with local and state governments on issues that the state has deemed necessary to economic growth, while the SC2 Fellowship Program will select and train workers to take local government positions and provide state and city government with additional resources. Although these will be the two main organizations to work with local and state government in boosting growth, the national grant competition that SC2 will include will provide various cities with roughly $1 million in grant money to be used in a competition to challenge experts to create economic and city management proposals for the city.

Although SC2 will only work directly with 6 pilot cities initially, the National Research Network will, upon the securing of adequate funding, act as a resource center in which all U.S. Local governments can turn to for expert opinions and policy implementation support. This act is intended to allow cities and states to spend more money on improving their situation and less on acquiring professional resources and assistance.

The main purpose of the Strong Cities Strong Communities Program is to improve the overall way that business is conducted within the Federal government, and to provide local legislature with solutions and assistance that is designed to work with that community specifically. Obama’s Domestic Policy Director, Melody Barnes, spoke on the SC2 program this morning: “Over the past two and a half years, the Obama Administration received feedback from leaders all across the country who described the kind of partnership that would be most useful to them for economic growth. The result is Strong Cities, Strong Communities, an innovative new pilot that will help strengthen local communities while also delivering federal resources and assistance more effectively.”

Additional resource links:

HUD Press Release

Feds sending Detroit help cutting red tape, tapping dollars for growth

Announcing Strong Cities, Strong Communities

Obama Administration Launches Strong Cities, Strong Communities To Support Local Development

Obama Administration Launches Strong Cities, Strong Communities To Support Development In Cleveland

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