By Eric Rothman

Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative Recognized as a “Bright Idea”

I wanted to share some important and exciting news about the National Resource Network.

In February, the prestigious Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced that the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2) was selected as a finalist for its Annual Innovations in American Government Award. SC2 has also received a “Bright Idea” designation, joining the Ash Center’s Government Innovator’s Network. The National Resource Network is a key component of the SC2 Initiative and our role in the Initiative is highlighted in a press release from HUD Secretary Castro.

Approximately 270 cities are eligible for assistance from the National Resource Network. We are already working with cities from coast to coast, helping mayors and city managers develop and implement strategies to increase their city’s economic competitiveness. The “Bright Idea” designation is one indication of the innovative nature of our work, but our efforts on the ground in cities are an even more important testimonial to the work that we are doing.

Whether it is helping cities deal with thorny budget problems, developing plans for downtown development, implementing community development initiatives or any one of the dozens of other approaches that your city may be considering to increase competitiveness, the National Resource Network can help.

As always, members of the Network team are happy to set up a time to provide you with more information on how we can help. Please contact us at with any questions or to learn more about how our work can support your community.