Following the timeframe of this study, the SC2 Council worked with each SC2 team to ensure that the Round 1 pilot locations would continue to have access to the technical assistance and other resources offered by the initiative. In particular, each SC2 team confirmed that senior city leadership in current pilot locations had a direct line of communication into the federal government. The hope was that these continued points of contact at the federal regional level and the SC2 Council could be used to identify innovations, best practices, and barriers that could inform federal policy. In addition to these continued lines of communication, alumni cities will have access to the learning platforms and peer-networking opportunities developed by the National Resource Network (NRN). For alumni cities, the SC2 Council will facilitate peer-learning events, like regular conference calls and webcasts, to discuss and share information regarding issues of common interest to municipal and federal leaders.
The SC2 Council will also continue to support alumni SC2 cities by providing access to additional learning opportunities developed in coordination with the NRN. The SC2 Alumni Network aims to provide SC2 cities access to ongoing match-making opportunities that may arise vis-à-vis other technical assistance or pilot initiatives, and provide an opportunity for the SC2 Council to facilitate the connection of SC2 cities to the private sector and philanthropy.