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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.
June 5, 2013 – The City of Greensboro, North Carolina, has launched a two-phase competition, SC2 Challenge, that will lead to $1 million being awarded for the top rated strategic economic development plan that can spur economic growth in the region. This challenge is part of the EDA Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Economic Visioning Grant that Greensboro received in 2012. A letter of intent must be submitted by the deadline in order to compete for the prize. For more information about the competition, including deadlines and rules of participation, visit the City of Greensboro’s SC2 Challenge Website:
Innovative ideas and an economic strategy worth up to $1 million are located at the intersection where Greensboro’s future and prosperity meet. Offer your ideas and strategies today. Participate in the SC2 Challenge!