Empowering Local Leaders

Since its launch in 2014, the Network has partnered with more than 60 cities in 22 states. We deploy teams of experts to work hand-in-hand with city leaders on projects developed through an independent assessment of a city’s challenges and opportunities. The Network is successful because it provides a one-stop source of expertise, delivers cross-cutting assistance and develops and helps to implement innovative and tailored solutions.

Success Stories

Waco, Texas Population: 131,996

An Integrated Approach: Propser Waco

In 2015, city, business and civic leaders came together to launch Prosper Waco, a public-private partnership to reduce poverty by improving education, health, and financial security outcomes. The Network team partnered with the City of Waco and Prosper Waco to advance efforts in each of these areas by aligning city operations with Prosper Waco goals, detailing a downtown development strategy that incorporated surrounding low- and moderate- income communities, and advancing workforce development and internship programs that target young people considered difficult to employ.

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Providence, Rhode Island Population: 179,509

City of Providence: A Strategic Fiscal & Management Plan

With nationally recognized higher education institutions and a strategic location, Providence is poised for prosperity. But for years, the city’s turnaround has been hindered by unstable city finances. The Network partnered with city leaders to develop a ten-year financial plan to balance budgets and provide for key investments in schools and infrastructure. Governing magazine hailed the Providence Plan, saying it “could serve as template for action for just about any fiscally struggling local government."

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Meridian, Mississippi Population: 39,213

City of Meridian: Health District Strategic Development Presentation

Meridian partnered with the Network to produce a plan for the development of a two-hospital Health District that would continue the revitalization of its downtown while supporting future growth in one of its most important sectors. The plan not only facilitated discussions with hospitals and other potential investors, but gave it a roadmap to apply for state incentives. City officials credit the Network framework as the primary catalyst for sparking downtown projects, including more than $100 million in new investments.

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