Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellowship Program Final Report 2012-2014
The management team of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Fellowship Program — The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Cleveland State University (CSU), and the Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute (MI) — is pleased to present this final report on outcomes and impacts of the program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Rockefeller Foundation were our primary champions in conceptualizing and funding this pilot program to build capacity in local government through embedded mid-career professionals. As a pilot initiative, the SC2 Fellowship program has proven that project-based and cohort-oriented urban fellowships can deliver tangible results in distressed cities.
SC2 fellows were embedded in city government or non-profit organizations in each of the program’s seven pilot cities — Chester, Cleveland, Detroit, Fresno, Memphis, New Orleans, and Youngstown — for continuous period of time ranging from 20 to 27 months. The fellows collaborated with federal agency partners, city staff, elected officials, local organizations, and citizens on specific projects identified by each city as critical to improving economic opportunity and revitalization.
This report provides an overview of the fellowship program, its key components, and ultimately how it delivered on its goal of building capacity in local government.