As part of the President’s priority to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and build ladders of opportunity as communities regain their economic footing, SC2 named seven new locations in January 2014 to receive technical advice and expertise from federal inter-agency teams. SC2 teams are engaging in the following locations: St. Louis, MO; Gary, IN; Flint, MI; Brownsville, TX; Rockford, IL; Macon, GA; and Rocky Mount, NC. Learn More>>
As a core component of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative, the SC2 Fellowship Program provides distressed cities with talented and mission-driven professionals who work directly with mayors, local government agencies and community nonprofits to help restore American cities and create a pathway to economic growth.
Launched in September 2012, the fellowship program represents a collaborative effort between HUD and the Rockefeller Foundation which donated $2.5 million to support the program. HUD’s partners also include the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Cleveland State University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University which were selected by HUD through a competitive process to manage the program. Since its inception, the SC2 Fellowship Program has placed 17 fellows to serve two-year terms in the cities of Fresno, CA; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; Youngstown, OH, Chester, PA; Memphis, TN and New Orleans, LA. Fellows work on a broad range of local projects that include:
- Developing key partnerships and marketing strategies with local businesses to strengthen downtowns, attract consumers, and grow the local economy;
- Reducing local “brain-drain” by establishing a system to connect college graduates with local and regional employers to align job opportunities with job seekers;
- Developing and executing a city-wide plan to increase healthcare enrollment among low-income residents; and
- Establishing a demolition plan to reduce neighborhood blight and redevelop vacant properties for adaptable re-use.
Additionally, the fellows share their first-hand experiences about their work on GMF’s Urban and Regional Policy Program’s blog, Urban Current.
With support from the United States Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education, three reports produced by Abt Associates and Mount Auburn Associates highlighting outcomes and lessons from the first cohort of SC2 team deployments have now been released. More