Connecting Cities & States for Impact

The Network understands that economically challenged cities need long-term partners to realize sustained recovery. To complement the Network's targeted engagements with cities, we launched State Resource Networks (SRNs) to help connect city leaders within a state, and foster relationships between those local leaders and their state government.

The Network’s own research highlights the important role states can play in a local government’s recovery. Building on this report,, we developed a partnership with MassDevelopment to pilot a Massachusetts State Resource Network in 2016 . Two years later and with the support of Arnold Ventures (formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation), the Network launched a New Jersey State Resource Network.

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State Initiatives


Ohio has a concentration of communities that have struggled to regain the population and economic activity they lost during the Great Recession. A 2016 study by the Greater Ohio Policy Center showed that Ohio’s legacy cities experienced population loss, lower labor force participation, falling housing values and rising poverty in the five years after the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009. The Network, in cooperation with the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Arnold Ventures and the Just Transition Fund, led the creation of the Ohio State Resource Network which brings the Network’s comprehensive, tailored approach and proven tools to Ohio communities.

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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, a collaborative effort designed to improve participating cities’ long-term financial health and economic competitiveness.

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In early 2016, MassDevelopment (through its Transformative Development Initiative) and the Network launched MassSRN – a 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.

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