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YTN event on India’s Elections April 24, 2014 / Brussels, Belgium

On April 23, the German Marshall Fund’s (GMF) Young Transatlantic Network and the U.S Mission to the EU hosted a roundtable discussion with GMF Senior Fellow Daniel Twining on “India's Democratic Test: What is the Future for Regional and Transatlantic Relations?’’

Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting April 14, 2014

In a keynote address, S. Frederick Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs

China’s Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution March 14, 2014

Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.

Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellowship

American towns, cities, and regions are working to rebuild their economies after losing many of their traditional economic drivers over the past four decades. Rebuilding and revitalizing the economies of these places, particularly the most distressed, is a key challenge and opportunity in the 21st century. The SC2 Initiative was launched by the White House to pilot a new model of federal-local collaboration to improve how the federal government invests in and offers technical assistance to support locally driven economic development and job creation goals, while helping to coordinate funds at the local, state, and federal level. GMF manages the Fellowship component of this program, along with the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and Virginia Tech's Metropolitan Institute. 

In each of the program’s seven pilot cities – Chester, Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Fresno, California, Memphis, Tennessee, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Youngstown, Ohio– SC2 Fellows are embedded in city government or non-profit organizations committed to supporting specific civic initiatives. The fellows collaborate with city staff, elected officials, local organizations, and citizens on specific projects identified by each city as critical to improving economic opportunity and quality of life. Each fellow’s work also contributes to a larger federal effort in each SC2 city led by a Community Solutions Team that brings together top staff from HUD, EPA, DOT, and other agencies to leverage federal capacity in pushing forward local priorities.

Policy Bootcamps

To broaden the reach of the CSTs and the fellows, GMF has also initiated with the support of the Surdna Foundation an ongoing series of policy bootcamps that bring national experts to each pilot city for two days of intensive learning and dialogue around the issues the local SC2 team, city officials, and local stakeholders have established as critical. These sessions have helped to push priorities forward, established new networks of peer-to-peer learning, and engaged a broad group of stakeholders in each pilot city. Learn more about these efforts. 

Selected Year One Accomplishments

  1. Development of a place-based demolition prioritization system to maximize city resources in Cleveland;
  2. Strategic guidance and outreach to increase healthcare access in New Orleans;
  3. Planning for data-driven performance management in Memphis;
  4. Advancing community land use and development goals in Chester;
  5. Building partnerships to support downtown revitalization in Fresno;
  6. Structuring city management performance metrics in Youngstown;
  7. Providing resource-saving recommendations to the law department in Detroit; and
  8. Hosting policy bootcamps in Fresno, Chester, and Memphis designed to advance city priorities such as anchor institution partnerships, transportation equity, and talent retention.


 Cross-Cutting Themes: City leaders in each of the seven pilot locations identified issues in need of critical problem-solving capacity.