Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. A6.4 Conclusion


Several of the accomplishments in New Orleans are representative of the goals of SC2, including developing sustainable local partnerships to build the city’s capacity to address priority areas and removing bureaucratic barriers to progress. The SC2 team also facilitated cross-agency collaboration that helped identify solutions to problems threatening economic growth. The New Orleans pilot experience shows that when a committed mayor and city staff are connected with federal representatives who have deep knowledge of federal programs and access to high-level decision makers, the city can quickly remove obstacles to the deployment of federal resources and find solutions that benefit local citizens. Importantly, overcoming these obstacles was not a time-intensive process for the team members involved; however, without their involvement the city likely would have struggled for months to solve these problems. The value of this SC2 pilot, then, goes beyond how it benefitted New Orleans by showing how a strategic relationship between a city and the federal government can efficiently remove barriers to progress for any city facing similar barriers.

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