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Funding Opportunity Number:
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:
Jul 23, 2012
Current Closing Date for Applications:
Jul 23, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
Funding Instrument Type:
Category of Funding Activity:
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Expected Number of Awards:
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Economic Adjustment Assistance
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
City or township governments
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Only cities that have a current population of at least 100,000 persons residing within their official municipal boundaries as of the 2010 Census are eligible to apply under this FFO. Cities must also meet EDA's economic distress criteria as outlined in section IV.A of this FFO.
Economic Development Administration
The Strong Cities, Strong Communities Visioning Challenge (SC2 Pilot Challenge) is designed to assist cities experiencing chronic economic distress with leveraging innovative ideas and approaches from diverse perspectives to create and adopt actionable economic development proposals and plans. These proposals and plans will be based on a comprehensive understanding of local, regional, and global economic realities and aim to foster long-term economic development, job creation, and community prosperity. Each city selected for an award under this FFO will hold challenge competitions that will incentivize teams of professionals from various fields related to economic development (Multidisciplinary Teams) to submit economic development proposals that outline how cutting-edge concepts and ideas could be applied to address the persistent economic development challenges faced by the city.Each city will award financial prizes to the Multidisciplinary Teams submitting the top three economic development proposals as rated by city-selected evaluation panels, and will invite two to six Multidisciplinary Teams to develop robust economic development plans, which will provide greater detail on the strategies that each city should employ to adopt the innovative ideas contained in the submitted economic development proposals. The Multidisciplinary Team submitting the highest ranked economic development plan is expected to receive a financial prize. The ultimate product under this FFO will be a set of strategies derived from submitted economic development plans that meet the specific needs of each recipient city. See section II.B of this FFO for additional information.The anticipated project period for the SC2 Pilot Challenge is 18 months, and will begin on October 1, 2012.
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