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 […]

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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 […]

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April 2, 2015

Communities Reinvent Themselves with the Help of the Arts

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Crossed posted from Arts.gov 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.

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May 22, 2014

National Resource Network: Helping Cities Help Themselves

When people think about municipal or local government services, they probably think of police and fire departments, trash pick-up, water systems, street maintenance and other specific services that impact their daily lives. What many might not consider is the vital role that local government plays in decisions that impact the physical and economic future of […]

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