Connecting Cities and States for Impact

Through its work with cities across the United States, the Network has learned that economically challenged cities need partners and dedicated support to realize sustained recovery. With State Resource Networks (SRNs), the Network partners with state governments to support recovery in economically challenged cities.

Based on the Network’s research on state-city relationships, it launched a 2016 pilot partnership with MassDevelopment to launch a Massachusetts State Resource Network. With the support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, in 2018, the Network launched a New Jersey State Resource Network. Examples of SRN technical assistance projects include:

  • Creating long-term financial plans and budget modelling tools
  • Developing affordable housing strategies to address limited housing options for low-income residents
  • Identifying workforce development strategies to connect residents to education, training and jobs in high-growth industries
  • Improving city service delivery in education, public works and public safety using national best practices

For inquiries or additional information about State Resource Networks, please contact the Network directly at info@nationalresourcenetwork.org.

State Initiatives

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New Jersey

In 2018, the State of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the National Resource Network jointly launched the New Jersey State Resource Network (NJ SRN) – a collaborative effort designed to improve participating cities’ long-term financial health and economic competitiveness.

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Massachusetts

In early 2016, MassDevelopment (through its Transformative Development Initiative or TDI) and the Network launched MassSRN – a pilot collaborative effort designed to increase participating cities’ economic competitiveness. Massachusetts was the first state to pilot such a partnership leveraging federal, state, and local funds to deliver customized, comprehensive, and cross-cutting technical assistance to its cities and the partnership has spurred other states to create state resource networks of their own, following the lead of Massachusetts.

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