The National Resource Network

The National Resource Network is a consortium of best in class organizations originally selected through a competitive process by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to deliver cross-cutting technical assistance to economically challenged communities. We have designed an innovative approach that leverages the expertise and resources of the public and private sectors to help cities comprehensively tackle their most pressing challenges.

With funding from Arnold Ventures and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we have built on the strengths of the consortium model to deliver direct technical assistance to additional cities, pursue new projects, and develop new tools and resources for local leaders.

Our team of experts has decades of experience in municipal finance and operations; community, economic, and workforce development; housing; and equity. A suite of strategic partners brings additional insights that enhance our ability to provides cities with customized tools and advice to build local capacity, strengthen their economic competitiveness and marshal public and private sector resources.

The following organizations comprise the Network consortium:

Enterprise Community Partners

Enterprise Community Partners creates opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. For more than 35 years, it has developed solutions through public-private partnerships focused on breaking down silos within local government and across sectors and building local capacity to meet the needs of all residents.

Public Financial Management (PFM)

PFM is the nation’s leading independent financial advisor to state and local governments and oversees the Network’s efforts around financial planning and operational improvements. For more than 40 years, PFM has been a trusted advisor to governments as they seek financial and operational solutions to their toughest challenges.


HR&A is an industry-leading real estate and economic development, consulting firm with more than 40 years of experience working with cities to create economic growth. HR&A creates and implements real estate strategies to unlock value and establish vital places, and creates transformative economic development plans that fuel long-term growth.

New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

NYU Wagner has worked with other researchers across the nation to lead the Network’s policy and research activities, including development of a first of its kind city-level health data dashboard.

Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems by designing innovative and scalable solutions to create access to economic advancement for all. JFF has partnered with the Network on several engagements, including Winston-Salem, Salinas and Waco.

The Urban Institute

The Urban Institute conducts social and economic policy research to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. As a key partner in the Network, Urban conducted a comprehensive assessment of the Network’s work and impact in 2018.

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