The city of South Bend will be part of a national pilot program focusing on issues facing local governments. The National Resource Network will set up a service connecting government officials in more than 50 cities to experts throughout the country from the public and private sectors. June 9, 2014

News Release

The Obama Administration has selected South Bend to participate in a National Resource Network pilot program offering access to expertise on issues of importance to local governments. The Network will establish a “311 for Cities” service, connecting government officials in more than 50 cities to experts nationwide from the public and private sector.

“South Bend’s focus on fiscal responsibility, economic revitalization, and efficiency in government services makes the city a natural partner for this important initiative,” says Deputy Mayor Mark Neal. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Network and welcome the access to information and ideas that will continue to improve how the City does business.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created the Network to meet demand from cities for access to expertise on addressing challenges such as unemployment, aging infrastructure, and vacant and abandoned properties.

“The Network will be a valuable resource to help South Bend continue to make economic progress,” says Scott Ford, Director of Community Investment. “Information about best practices will provide insight that informs policies and programs to spur continued growth.”

Source: City of South Bend

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