Thank you for your interest in applying to participate in the 2021 NLC Capstone Challenge Series. This program brings together NLC member cities and corporate partners to create solutions to member needs. By tapping into the strengths of both sectors, we can rebuild stronger together.
NLC’s Capstone and Enterprise Partners have submitted applications outlining proposed projects, informed by their expertise and history of working with cities, that relate to the theme Respond, Recover, Rebuild. Based on member interest, NLC will match member cities with a corporate partner to work together on these projects and develop a solution over the next six months.
This program will kick off with a two-hour event on June 9. The NLC member city and corporate partner will use this time to create a project plan with their working group. Each working group will consist of one corporate partner, one municipality (or a small group of municipalities, if applicable), and one NLC staff member as a liaison and resource.
Following the June 9th event, working groups will work on the project together throughout the summer and fall, concluding by late 2021. The Series will culminate with an event where the group with the best project will receive an award.
Participants are encouraged to explore projects that are feasible to complete in the six-month time frame. However, groups are welcome to continue working together independently of NLC facilitation and support after the formal program ends.
Please review the project ideas and rank them, with 1 indicating highest interest. You only need to rank those that you are interested in participating in – please do not assign a ranking to projects that you do not want to work on.
This is a pilot year for this program, and we appreciate your willingness to learn and grow with us as we explore this new model of engagement.