Network Launches Request for Assistance

Over the past five months, Network staff and partners have been working with city leaders in eight communities across the country to design and deliver technical assistance that will catalyze their economic turnaround. We’ve been on the ground in Compton and Lynwood, CA; Anderson, IN; Kansas City, KS; Jackson and Meridian, MS; Miami, FL; and Fall River, MA.

We are excited to announce that, as of October 30, 2014, the assistance we’ve been offering in these eight communities is now available to cities across the country. With the launch of the on-line Request for Assistance, cities that meet several criteria can submit a short form and be considered for technical assistance in one or more operational, policy and programmatic areas that will be determined in conjunction with city government.  Projects vary in duration – from four months to one year -- and cost -- from $50,000 to $500,000; 75% of the cost of direct assistance will be covered by federal funds provided to the Network.

Among other things – including economic and demographic criteria – the Network will consider whether a city’s request has high level executive sponsorship in the city government and whether the city government has enlisted other community stakeholders in its effort. Requests for assistance that would support turnaround efforts in more than one city in the same region are strongly encouraged.

The Network’s direct assistance will only be one part of the support provided for turnaround. Network cities will continue to receive assistance through city-led peer to peer support after the project concludes. In addition, a critical part of every direct assistance plan will be building on-the-ground partnerships with local stakeholders and developing a detailed plan for continuing work after direct assistance is complete.

The Network is designed to support mayors and city managers ready and willing to lead economic recovery in their cities. If this sounds like your community and you want to learn more, we encourage you to read about the eligibility criteria for the Request for Assistance and join us for one of two webinars that will explain the initiative in more detail. These webinars will discuss the value of the Network’s assistance, clarify the process for applying, and provide an opportunity to answer your questions. City leaders can register here for the webinar on Tuesday, November 18, 1-2pm EST or here for the webinar on Wednesday, December 3, 3-4pm EST.

In the meantime, if you have specific questions, please contact David Eichenthal, the Network’s Executive Director, at deichenthal@nationalresourcenetwork.org.