2.24.12 | HUD will host their first ever Twitter Town Hall on Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. EST, to discuss fellowship applications for the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) program. SC2 is a federal initiative to help struggling metro regions cut through federal red tape and better leverage local and regional resources and existing federal dollars to promote growth. Fellows will work work closely with city agencies to increase the capacity of mayors and their staff on key priority issues such as transportation, health, or education.
HUD selected seven metro regions last year to participate in the pilot initiative, deploying experienced federal staff to work as part of “community solutions teams” in Fresno, Chester, PA, Cleveland, Youngstown, Detroit, Memphis and New Orleans. The teams are providing on-the-ground technical assistance to local governments, working with local officials to develop partnerships and assess federal requirements.
The second stage of the SC2 initiative will place up to 20 early to mid-career professionals interested in public service in local governments in these seven metro areas. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, HUD is partnering with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Cleveland State University, and Virginia Tech University to administer the competitive application process.
At the Town Hall, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research Erika Poethig will be tweeting details about the application process, eligibility, timing, and selection criteria. The event will be streamed live on HUD’s website. You can follow and ask questions using the hashtag #AskSOHUD.
Once selected, fellows will “take on strategic responsibilities and be immersed in the core operations of the pilot city; engage in peer-to-peer learning opportunities and become active leaders in their pilot city; and be intensely engaged and committed to the redevelopment of the city so that they remain working in the city after the end of the program,” Poethig said in a blog post.
You can read more about Strong Cities Strong Communities at the BRR blog.
Photo by Congressman Honda.