August 27, 2015

EDA’s SC2 Economic Visioning Challenge

Cross Posted from the U.S. Economic Development Administration The Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Economic Visioning Challenge (EVC) is an innovative prize competition designed to engage diverse teams to help U.S. cities generate tailored economic development plans.

July 9, 2015

Partnership to Fuel Local Economic Growth

Cross posted from From his first days in office, President Obama has directed his team to partner with local leaders, providing them better and more innovative tools to create jobs, rebuild critical infrastructure, and revitalize distressed areas. These tools have been particularly important to communities that have faced the systemic inequities and challenges of […]

May 27, 2015

Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellows And Their Contributions To The Program’s Success

Redeveloping urban areas is a task that cannot be tackled alone. To succeed, you need the cooperation and partnership of local governments, the business community and philanthropy among others. In 2012, the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities partnered with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) to manage the Strong […]

May 1, 2015

Challenging Communities to Envision their Economic Future

As our economy recovers from the impact of the Great Recession, we have to remember that it wasn’t just individuals who were deeply affected; municipalities and local governments also suffered devastating consequences. Local governments saw a dramatic reduction in their tax base, forcing them to reduce services and think of creative ways to operate while […]

April 2, 2015

Communities Reinvent Themselves with the Help of the Arts

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Crossed posted from I just returned from a powerful gathering of innovative leaders and doers in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. For three days in March, more than fifty participants from arts and cultural organizations, federal/state/local government agencies, and rural economic development organizations gathered for Art + Leadership: Powering Rural Economies conference.