Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. A3.2.3 Local and State Partners


The Detroit SC2 pilot was originally intended as a partnership with the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan, although in practice the former relationship was much more prominent. The DOT representative had the most contact with state and regional officials since critical portions of his work required regional political support and state legislative action.

Team members also worked closely with staff members from local nonprofits and community organizations. As was mentioned, lack of capacity in city hall hindered the ability of city staff to work closely with team members. Because of this, core team members, including the lead and DOT and HUD team members, developed relationships with other local nonprofits and organizations. These local partners included the Youth Violence Prevention Forum, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Code for America, the Detroit Housing Commission, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, and the Kresge Foundation. Team members were able to start and develop relationships with local groups because of their previous experience living or working in Detroit.

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