The Obama Administration launched Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), a new and customized pilot initiative to strengthen local capacity and spark economic growth in local communities, while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently.
To accomplish this, federal agencies will provide experienced staff to work directly with six cities: Cleveland, Ohio; Chester, Pa.; Detroit, Mich.; Fresno, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; and New Orleans, La. These teams will work with local governments, the private sector, and other institutions to leverage federal dollars and support the work being done at the local level to encourage economic growth and community development.
Additionally, communities nationwide will be eligible to compete for comprehensive economic planning assistance through a grant competition designed to spark local innovation. By integrating government investments and partnering with local communities, SC2 channels the resources of the federal government to help empower cities as they develop and implement their vision for economic growth.
Through this pilot, the Obama Administration will focus on three key goals:
Improving the way federal government does business: Cutting through red tape and rationalizing the federal bureaucracy to help deal with the overlapping maze of agencies, regulations and program requirements that are sometimes confusing to local governments;
Partnering for growth: Developing critical partnerships with key local and regional stakeholders that encompass not only municipal and state governments but also new partnerships with the business community, non-profits, anchor institutions, faith-based institutions, and other public, private and philanthropic leaders.