Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. A4.2.2 Involved City Staff


The city had a core team dedicated to maximizing the SC2 team’s contributions. The team was led by Fresno’s mayor. She set the vision for the SC2 team’s work and then assigned the core members of her cabinet—her chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, and government affairs manager—to work with SC2 team leadership to ensure consistent coordination between the SC2 team’s work and the city’s goals. These three city staff served as the points of contacts for the city and had weekly calls with the SC2 team lead and the Fresno-based team members.

Other city employees were assigned by the mayor’s team to work with team members on particular projects that would further the city’s vision and the work plan. In a few instances, Fresno-based team members connected city staff with remotely located team members, helping to maximize the contributions of these remote members. Across the board, team members described city staff as being very capable and willing to work collaboratively with the SC2 team.

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