President Obama’s new Council on Community Solutions includes 21CC’s Federal-Local Partnerships Playbook

President Obama's new Council on Community Solutions includes 21CC's Federal-Local Partnerships Playbook

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From the White House Office of the Press Secretary

Today, building on the Administration’s efforts to modernize the way the Federal Government works with cities, counties, and communities — rural, tribal, urban, and sub-urban – the President signed an Executive Order establishing a Community Solutions Council. The Council will provide a lasting structure for Federal agencies to strengthen partnerships with communities and improve coordination across the Federal Government in order to more efficiently deliver assistance and maximize impact.

Read the full press release here. Check out this blog on the executive order.

As part of this effort, the 21st Century Cities Initiative has created a Federal-Local Partnerships Playbook that builds on the experience of Federal teams in communities across the US and is designed as a resource and manual for teams of federal employees working hand-in-hand with local communities to address stubborn challenges or respond to unexpected crises. From the press release: “Federal teams are working intensively in over 20 high-need cities, regions and tribal nations around the country. These teams align resources from across the Federal government and work behind the scenes to build local talent and capacity so that communities like Detroit and Baltimore can emerge from crisis. The Johns Hopkins University 21st Century Cities Initiative published a Federal-Local Partnerships Playbook, drawing on the experience of Federal teams in these communities.”

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