Earlier this summer HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan visited Detroit to announce the Strong Cities, Strong Communities program, a multi-departmental White House effort to invest in urban economic development strategies. In phase one, Detroit and five other cities will receive additional federal support to help administer existing programs, including the Detroit Works project. Phase two of Strong Cities, Strong Communities is the Visioning Challenge, in which six additional cities will be awarded up to $1 million to conduct a local competition to come up with innovative place-based economic development strategies. The US Economic Development Administration (EDA), which is coordinating the Visioning Challenge, is requesting comments on how the Challenge should be constructed and executed. Visit the Federal Register notice to read more details about the Challenge and the questions EDA is asking. Responses are due Tuesday, August 9 so act quickly!
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator for the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him by email, by calling 734-669-6323 or on Twitter @l4est.