Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellowship
In 2011, the Obama administration launched a new federal interagency pilot program, the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative. This new initiative aims to strengthen neighborhoods, cities, and regions by enhancing the capacity of local governments to develop and execute economic visions and strategies. The SC2 Fellowship Program, made possible by a generous gift from the Rockefeller Foundation, is one of the core elements of the program, placing highly-skilled, mid-career professionals, who are committed to public service, in seven selected pilot cities. They serve two-year terms, dedicating their time to very specific projects vital to the pilot cities’ development.
Through the program, the fellows receive additional training and support from the German Marshall Fund (GMF) and partnering institutions, Cleveland State University (CSU), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). The fellows participate in the nationally renowned public management training academy through the Levin College of Urban Affairs at CSU, while receiving ongoing mentoring from experienced practitioners and scholars within the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, and GMF. Finally, the fellows have access to the GMF’s international practitioner networks and exchange activities, including the Transatlantic Cities Network and the Cities in Transition project.
The White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities recently released the Strong Cities, Strong Communities 1st Annual Report detailing the initiative’s first full year of implementation. The report discusses all facets of the SC2 initiative, including the fellowship program. Additionally, the Fellows share their first-hand experiences on GMF’s Urban and Regional Policy Program’s blog, Urban Current.
SC2 Pilot Cities: