National Resource Network: Technical assistance for economic growth and job creation
The U.S. Department of Housing Preservation and Development has announced that a consortium including NYU Wagner Innovation Labs will serve as the first National Resource Network Administrator under the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative.
The SC2 Network, funded with HUD technical assistance resources, will provide communities with targeted technical assistance to help support locally identified priorities for economic growth and job creation.
In addition to NYU Wagner Innovation Labs, the consortium includes Public Financial Management, Enterprise Community Partners, HR & A Advisors, and the International City/County Management Association.
The consortium's research, which is presented in a report authored by Wagner Innovation Lab's Neil Kleiman, highlights the critical role economically challenged cities play in the state’s economy, and describes their potential to become significant catalysts for further economic growth if challenges are overcome. It further illustrates why it is important for elected officials and policymakers to work with the leadership in these cities to make the most of resources that can improve their economies and their residents’ quality of life.