Research You Can Use

Since its launch, the National Resource Network has produced reports and guides to shed light on the challenges cities are facing and highlight strategies to address them successfully. Ranging from creating inclusive broadband policies to an in-depth look at the state of California’s distressed communities, these reports have provided critical research and insight for local leaders and stakeholders around the country.

Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age: A Resource Guide for Local Governments

Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age is designed to support U.S. communities in advancing their goals for high-speed Internet access and digital inclusion. The guide was developed through the collaborative efforts of six cities that have all been active in enhancing broadband Internet access and addressing the digital divide in their own communities: Chattanooga, TN; Gonzales, CA; Greensboro, NC;

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Anchors Up: How Cities and Anchor Institutions Can Work Together For a Brighter Future

In the 2015 report Striking a (Local) Grand Bargain, the Network, NYU Wagner, and the Urban Institute illustrate that while cities can benefit from relationships with local anchor institutions, the full potential of these partnerships is often not realized because of mistrust, half-starts and half-realized results. What it takes to be a successful city has shifted as the world around

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Why California’s Economically Challenged Cities Matter

Nearly 12 million Californians live in an economically challenged city. Twenty five percent of all challenged cities in the country are in California. In 2015, the Network researched the impact and potential of these communities on the state of California and found that they play a critical role in the state’s economy and have the potential to become significant catalysts for further economic growth.

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City- State Partnerships That Promote Economic Recovery

Results of a 2014 Gallup survey indicate that while many Americans report skepticism of federal and state government, most trust their local government – the government closest to them and the one that they know best.

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Growing Wages and Jobs: How City Government Can Help Lead in Workforce Development and Public Education

In July 2018, the Network released, Growing Wages & Jobs: How City Government Can Help Lead in Workforce Development and Public Education. This report grew out of a convening with representatives from five cities (Baltimore, MD; Passaic, NJ; Salinas, CA; Waco, TX; and Winston-Salem, NC) to discuss their experiences linking economic development to workforce development and education.

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

In the United States, millions of people live in hundreds of cities small and large that are faced with high poverty rates, limited opportunities for employment, and continued population decline. In Accelerating Cities: Why States Are the Most Important Partners for Economically Challenged Cities, the Network underscores the need for state policymakers to strengthen these communities by providing financial support, but also by encouraging smarter fiscal planning, providing needed operational capacity, and fostering new economic opportunities.

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