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The Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative, first announced in July 2011, seeks to strengthen neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions around the country by enhancing the capacity of local governments to develop and execute their economic vision and strategies, providing necessary technical assistance and access to federal agency expertise, and creating new public and private sector partnerships.
The SC2 Economic Planning Challenge is a key component of the Obama Administration initiative that includes a series of competitions in which six separate cities will work closely with the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to offer cash rewards for new solutions to Strategic Economic Transition planning in each community. Winning plans will be selected by local leaders.
February 2014 - Cities Launch Prize Competitions to Spur Economic Development Planning Strategies: The cities of Greensboro, NC; Hartford, Connecticut; and Las Vegas, Nevada have launched their SC2 Challenge competitions. These competitions are designed to assist Greensboro, Hartford and Las Vegas with leveraging innovative ideas and approaches from diverse perspectives to create and adopt actionable economic development proposals and plans. Each city’s competition is now open and the cities are looking for teams to submit their best ideas. Visit www.sc2prize.com to learn more.