On May 26, 2015, the German Marshall Fund celebrated the release of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Final Report with a launch event that included the participation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute, Cleveland State University, and other stakeholders that were part of the two-year Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellowship Program. From 2012 to 2014, the SC2 Fellowship placed mid-career professionals 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. The SC2 Fellowship Program has proven that project-based and cohort-oriented urban fellowship can deliver tangible results in distressed cities and build a cohort of emerging leaders in distressed cities.
For more information, please see the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Final Report, which outlines the format of the fellowship program and its results in four thematic areas: advancing downtown and neighborhood revitalization, developing workforce pipelines and talent ecosystems, enhancing community engagement and partnerships, and improving city government efficiency. The report also outlines why the fellowship program achieved a high level of impact, and how these lessons can apply to the development of other urban fellowship programs.
You can follow the conversation during the launch event by following #strongcities, and and see additional coverage of the event on HUD’s official blog.