What We Do

FSC-SWO strives to establish working relationships between our elected state officials and our member communities.

We support several federally funded programs for blight removal, business restoration and economic development, as well as in earning our fair share of the already-appropriated money that would help our communities. We also seek regular communication and discussion concerning issues relevant to first-ring communities, including but not limited to the following topics: 

  • The need for consistent representation and lobbying efforts in local, state and federal governments
  • Declining population
  • Aging residential housing
  • Declining tax bases that are not meeting infrastructure maintenance needs or the provision of basic services
  • Heroin, opioid and other drug epidemics
  • Construction and infrastructure changes, such as new pipelines
  • Ensuring First Suburb communities receive appropriate designated funds for projects and maintenance