Fall River part of federal pilot program aimed at boosting economic development

Fall River, Massachusetts Jo. C. Goode Herald News May 22, 2014 Economic Development

The city has been selected to participate in a pilot program announced by President Barack Obama’s administration on Thursday called the National Resource Network.

It is designed to serve as a “311 for Cities” that connects communities around the country to network with private and public sector experts to help local governments strategize on increasing economic development.

Mayor Will Flanagan said he has met with a team from the Network and has spoken to them by conference call on issues affecting Fall River.

From unemployment, underperforming schools to developing the life sciences industry in the city, Flanagan said the city will have all the resources the White House can offer. “We will have access to the top minds globally,” Flanagan said.