Obama Administration Announces “311” Resource for Cities Seeking Innovation and Economic Revitalization
Today, the Obama Administration announced the launch of the National Resource Network (the Network), a pilot program designed to serve as a “311 for Cities.” The program will allow communities nationwide to connect to a network of private and public sector experts that will provide local governments with strategic help on key economic issues and aid the turnaround of local economies. The Network demonstrates the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to partnering with mayors, city managers and other local government leaders to provide them with resources to help build ladders of opportunity and promote economic growth and prosperity for residents.
The Network was created out of demand from cities around the country to have access to experts, technical advice, and information that can help them address the mounting challenges of growing inequality, high unemployment, under-performing schools, aging infrastructure and vacant and blighted properties. For many local governments facing dwindling budgets, especially those facing significant economic shocks, these challenges have made it difficult for cities to effectively attract jobs, retain an educated workforce, grow the middle class, and revitalize their economies. The Network will help cities address these challenges through on-the-ground expert engagements and advisory services, among other forms of assistance.
“The National Resource Network embodies this Administration’s ongoing commitment to bringing the best of private and public sector expertise to bear to create thriving, economically sustainable cities and help mayors and other local leaders meet the challenges facing their communities,” said David Agnew, Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs.
“The assistance and expertise provided by the National Resource Network will allow cities to maximize and better leverage their existing federal investments, and more strategically plan for their economic future and community development priorities,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “The consortium running the Network will harness decades of private and public sector expertise to work alongside mayors and other community leaders to identify new solutions to longstanding challenges.”http://www.realestaterama.com/2014/05/23/obama-administration-announces-311-resource-for-cities-seeking-innovation-and-economic-revitalization-ID024323.html