Federal officials announced Wednesday that Rocky Mount is among seven cities chosen for the expansion of a national initiative designed to help communities recover from the economic recession.
According to a press release, Rocky Mount was selected along with St. Louis; Gary, Ind.; Flint, Mich.; Brownsville, Texas; Rockford, Ill.; and Macon, Ga. to participate in the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, also dubbed SC2. Federal inter-agency teams will head to each city starting this month to assist local officials.
“The primary goal of the SC2 Teams is to help these cities more effectively invest existing resources, provide advice and expertise in support of local priorities, better align federal programs and investments, and facilitate new partnerships and peer learning opportunities,” the release states.
The full economic impact and investment is unknown, but details will be released Thursday morning by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz.
Strong Cities, Strong Communities was started in 2011 with teams sent to seven cities. Rocky Mount will be the only city in North Carolina out of 14 cities in the program.