The SC2 team’s primary point of contact with the city was the mayor, who was heavily involved in the initiative. The mayor typically communicated directly and frequently with the SC2 team lead but was also in contact with the other two core team members from HUD and DOT.
Additionally, three key city staff in the mayor’s office assisted with the SC2 pilot: the group executive of planning and facilities, the project management director, and the director of government affairs. Team members had limited interaction with other city staff in Detroit. By the time of the SC2 engagement, the size of the Detroit city staff had been reduced significantly. As a result, the staff who were present found it difficult to engage with team members on longer-term goals because of the uncertainty surrounding the city government’s possible bankruptcy and the threat of an emergency financial manager. Ongoing staff turnover, from the point of the initial Opportunity Assessment Team site visit through the close of the pilot initiative, also hindered relationship building.