Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. Refining the Application and Selection Process


The SC2 council, partly in response to the Pilot Study’s Interim Report findings, modified the way cities were selected to host SC2 teams. In Round 2, the SC2 Council ran a competition to determine the SC2 cities that were selected. Each interested city was asked to submit a written application that outlined the city’s priorities for the SC2 engagement and included a letter of support from city leadership (Mayor and/or City Manager). The Council then used a multi-stage selection process to determine the clarity of the city’s economic development vision and robustness of their plans, the capacity for implementation, and the buy-in of city leadership, city staff and relevant governmental and non-governmental key stakeholders. As recommended in the Interim Report, the SC2 Council collected all the assessment data in-house instead of asking the cities to provide it.

Council representatives also talked with city applicants regarding who from the city they should involve in implementation, what roles city staff should play in implementation, what the SC2 team members could reasonably be expected to achieve, and what the SC2 team’s limitations might be.


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