Federal Role in Revitalizing Distressed Cities: Interagency Collaboration and Local Partnerships. 3. Convening Local Partnerships


As mentioned in the introduction, a second element of the SC2 pilot that made effective use of federal staff was helping to create new partnerships in the pilot cities. These partnerships are distinct from those described in the previous section, which represented collaborations across federal agencies. The focus here is on team members facilitating new cross-stakeholder partnerships within the city with local stakeholders representing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

The following three cases highlight answers to the research question, “What contributed to SC2 teams’ success when playing a convening role to facilitate local partnerships?” by examining how SC2 teams contributed to the formation of the partnership and how team members’ role as federal staff influenced their ability to bring stakeholders together.

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