L/SFR Sneak Peek: Administration Launches New Program to Improve Local Use of Federal Resources

July 19, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

(This post is excerpted from an article in the July 25 issue of Local/State Funding Report.) The Obama administration announced a new pilot program on July 11 to help local communities do more with the federal resources they receive. According to the administration, the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) program will support local economic growth and community development and will build the capacity of local governments to administer services.

White House officials stressed that although it has a small funding component, the program is not a new grant stream, but focuses instead on making more efficient use of existing resources.

SC2 will support six test cities across the country and will provide support staff from 14 federal agencies to collaborate with the local and municipal governments. The participating cities are Chester, Pa., Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., Fresno, Calif., Memphis, Tenn. and New Orleans, La. A handful of other communities will be eligible to compete for grants to develop plans for comprehensive economic planning assistance.

According to senior White House officials, the program will help the participating cities with a wide range of activities, including improving highways and transit, organizing better health clinics, training more skilled workers and expanding educational opportunities.

For the rest of the story, subscribers to the Local/State Funding Report can refer to their July 25 issue.

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