Accelerating Cities: Why States are the Most Important Partners for Economically Challenged Cities

In Accelerating Cities: Why States Are the Most Important Partners for Economically Challenged Cities, the National Resource Network provides recommendations for states to effectively work with cities and includes case studies and data from Virginia and New Jersey – two states with incoming governors and cities that have economic challenges.

The report finds that economically challenged cities generate significant economic output and are home to hundreds of thousands of job, but notes that the per capita income from those jobs differs greatly between challenged and nonchallenged cities. The report also provides recommendations for states beyond Virginia and New Jersey, including establishing a State Resource Network to bring together states and cities to partner on issues that are most important to them.