Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. A4.4 Conclusion


The SC2 team in Fresno demonstrated a number of the goals of the SC2 initiative. The SC2 team as a whole helped to move projects at a faster pace than would have happened otherwise and also helped to navigate certain barriers and provide expertise relevant to members’ federal agencies. The SC2 team made great gains in encouraging regional collaboration through their work on the transportation networks and the regional food system. They were also successful in partnering for economic growth through their coordinated efforts to revitalize the Fulton Mall. The team also enhanced local capacity by directing the city to grant opportunities and expediting federal responses to local concerns. Stakeholders in the Fresno pilot agree that one of the primary reasons for its success is the city’s strong leadership and clear vision for the future, coupled with the proactive nature of the SC2 team in work planning and coordination throughout the pilot.

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