Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. A2.2.2 Involved City Staff


The SC2 team had one main point of contact within city government, the chief of government affairs. She represented the mayor, providing senior-level involvement with the team and oversight of engaged city staff. Specifically, she represented the mayor in communicating with the department directors about SC2, identifying appropriate city staff to engage with team members, and coordinating with the SC2 team lead and members to advance the mayor’s priorities. She led quarterly meetings with the SC2 team where they reviewed the work plan and delivered updates to the team, and she represented the mayor at the SC2 conference. The mayor had limited involvement in implementation.

Team members from HUD, EPA, EDA, and NASA worked with leaders from the city’s departments of community development, economic development, and building and housing. The SC2 team lead attended weekly meetings run by the city’s chief of regional development and attended by the department chiefs of each of those three departments. Team members’ day-to-day interaction was with the department heads, who helped them identify local needs, meet local players and the community, and jointly plan programmatic efforts to achieve the city’s goals for the SC2 pilot.

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