Saturday, December 3, 2011

Update on Strong Cities - Stong Communities (SC2)

Washington, D.C.–Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its selection of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) partnership as the recipient of the $2.5 million award to manage the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) fellowship program for HUD.  The partnership is comprised of the German Marshall Fund, Cleveland State University and Virginia Tech.  
The fellowship program is one of four capacity building strategies that are part of the White House-led, federal interagency SC2 initiative. SC2 is a pilot program focused on retooling and rebuilding the capacity of cities facing long-term economic challenges.   Up to 30 fellows will be assigned to the six SC2 cities (Chester, PA; Detroit, MI; New Orleans, LA; Fresno, CA; Memphis, TN; and Cleveland, OH.
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  1. Hello,

    Yesterday one of my relatives came into town and as we were riding through the city they said, "I see the city is still divided", I asked why and they said b/c everyone still has red and blue signs in their front yards. That got me to thinking, why don't the same local leaders who encouraged everyone to take their side encourage those same people to take the signs down in representation of US putting aside differences and moving on as a city. If they were good enough leaders to run for office I hope that they would exercise their leadership and unite the city. We still need all of our leaders to do this whether they won or not. #TeamChester

  2. Isn't the two party system more responsible for encouraging people to take sides than the local leaders?

    A leader will lead no matter what. They find a cause that they are passionate about and go to work on it.

    All leaders aren't politiicians and most politicians aren't leaders.

    Community leadership comes from community members. You may occassionally find a politician with strong leadership skills but more than likely the best leaders are not burdened with political loyalities are are free to just get the job done.

    And about those lawn signs. I just think people are too lazy to throw them away.

  3. Although you make some excellent points an action as small as encouraging people to remove campaign signs would send an unwavering message as to the direction our city is heading in.

    "Behind closed doors they had what were legendary battles I hear but when the doors opened there was absolute unity. Not a crack could be found. No separation whatsoever. They were locked together for the good of the community." - Maynard Jackson