Initially funded with $10 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Network designed an innovative approach that leverages the expertise, partnerships, and resources of the public and private sectors to help cities comprehensively tackle their most pressing challenges. Drawing on the vast experience of its consortium members, the Network provides cities with customized tools and advice to build strategic partnerships, strengthen their economic competitiveness, and marshal public and private sector resources.
In 2017, The Laura and John Arnold Foundation granted the Network $4 million to enhance its work with cities, focusing on the development and implementation of multi-year financial plans as a cornerstone of broader economic turnaround. Additionally, the Arnold Foundation recognized the value of strong state and city relationships to address economic challenges and funded a competition to drive the adoption of the Network’s successful State Resource Network model.
Enterprise Community Partners creates opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. For more than 35 years, it has developed solutions through public-private partnerships focused on breaking down silos within local government and across sectors and building local capacity to meet the needs of all residents.
PFM is the nation’s leading independent financial advisor to state and local governments and oversees the Network’s efforts around financial planning and operational improvements. For more than 40 years, PFM has been a trusted advisor to governments as they seek financial and operational solutions to their toughest challenges.
HR&A is an industry-leading real estate and economic development, consulting firm with more than 40 years of experience working with cities to create economic growth. HR&A creates and implements real estate strategies to unlock value and establish vital places, and creates transformative economic development plans that fuel long-term growth.
NYU Wagner has worked with other researchers across the nation to lead the Network’s policy and research activities, including development of a first of its kind city-level health data dashboard.
ICMA is the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities through the world. Within the Network, ICMA has led outreach efforts and the peer-to-peer activity, and supported its research.
Jobs for the Future is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems by designing innovative and scalable solutions to create access to economic advancement for all. JFF has partnered with the Network on several engagements, including Winston-Salem, Salinas and Waco.
The Urban Institute conducts social and economic policy research to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. As a key partner in the Network, Urban conducted a comprehensive assessment of the Network’s work and impact in 2018.
As the Network continues to engage with cities around the country, we are always looking to expand our community of Strategic Partners. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.learn more
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