National Resource Network -- New Solutions for Cities
To help cities cope with economic distress, the National Resource Network was formed to help leaders address issues associated with poverty, unemployment, weak school systems, deteriorating infrastructure, and vacant or blighted properties. Economic distress among residents can quickly cause fiscal distress for cities as it negatively affects the tax base as well as resources available for solutions. We need our cities to be strong in order to be successful as a nation; therefore the Network was formed as part of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative.
The Network’s online resource and broad partner connections help cities find solutions and implement them. Leaders work to attract new capital, formulate business results, and create new partnerships. Specifically, the network provides the following three services:
- Support for implementing solutions – Experts help cities implement local projects and initiatives to build capacity and leadership.
- Access to peer networks and new ideas – The project connects local leaders to peers and national experts that are dealing with similar problems around the country. Peer networks and technology ideas help to provide creative, collaborative problem solving, plus help with analysis and policy recommendations.
- On-line, on-demand access to expertise – The website offers a vast online library of tools, resources and technical assistance to help support local work.
The National Resource Network provides expertise, best practices, tools, and working strategies to help cities develop solutions for economic challenges. The program is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by a consortium including Enterprise Community Partners, Public Financial Management, HR&A Advisors, New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the International City/County Management Association. Other partners include the Urban Institute, Center for Community Progress, NeighborWorks America and several others.
SOURCE: National Resource Network