Cities and Libraries Partner to Achieve a Complete Census Count – How We’re Doing it in Kansas City

With $1.5 trillion in federal funding at stake and vulnerable populations at high risk of being undercounted again in the 2020 Census, community leaders in Kansas City know we have to work together for a complete count to ensure proper funding distribution, fair government representation, and appropriate, data-informed school and voting district designations for the

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Addressing Utility & Small Business Needs in Frederick, MD

Frederick, Maryland has a small city feel with big town charm. The city located just outside Washington DC is surrounded by rolling hills in Central Maryland. The town of approximately 65,000 has faced its own share of challenges since its first COVID-19 case was identified. The city has reportedly 3,100 confirmed cases and seen approximately 121 deaths.  Mayor

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Housing, Hazards and Health: Considerations and Approaches in Light of COVID-19 

With children and families spending more time inside their residences due to COVID-19, having a healthy house is especially critical during this public health crisis. A healthy house not only allows children and families to shelter in place and social distance safely from the virus, but also serves as a platform for providing supportive services

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GovTech Reimagined in the COVID-19 Era

A Q&A with Jeff Puckett, Chief Strategy Officer, Tyler Technologies, Inc. We tend to think of innovation in technology as a private sector phenomenon. Companies that can move fast do, keeping pace with—if not driving—modern advancements. But innovation is not only born in the private sector. It has been an increasing priority and focus of

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How Santa Rosa is Engaging Residents and Reimagining Public Safety

This blog post is the first in a series of CitiesSpeak posts on reimagining public safety. Reimagine public safety…defund the police…end systemic racism. The calls come from many directions and often end up at the doorstep of mayors, city council members, and city managers. As a point in time snapshot, Jack Calhoun, Founder and CEO

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Long-Term Approaches to Preventing Evictions Now and Beyond COVID-19

As stay-at-home emergency orders and eviction moratoriums begin to sunset, one thing is clear: The Eviction Cliff feared by local leaders, renters and landlords alike has arrived. It is estimated that roughly one out of every five people living in a renter household (19 to 23 million people) are at risk of eviction by September

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Public Charge Rule No Longer in Effect Until the End of COVID-19

A federal district court has ruled that as long as there is a declared national health emergency related to COVID-19, the public charge rule may not go into effect. Immigrants who are deemed a “public charge” are ineligible to receive green cards/lawful permanent resident status. The most recent definition of public charge, adopted in 1999,

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Remembering Trailblazers in Today’s Civil Rights Fight

The nation lost two heroes: John Lewis and Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian. Both died on July 17, in the midst of a national reckoning.   Our country is facing the reality of decades of institutionalized and systemic racism, generational inequities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Social uprisings in more than 2,000 cities across the

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Pittsburgh Keeps Social Ties Active Amid COVID-19

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, is home to the city of  Pittsburgh  and 1.2 million people—16.8 percent of whom are age 65 or older. Nearly half of the county’s residents age 75 or older live alone.   The county and city each joined the  AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities  in 2015. This initiative, called  Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh,  is

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LA’s Innovative Steps to Fight COVID

From protecting the unsheltered to launching a pre-paid card to give Angelenos life-saving access to funds, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti moved quickly to ensure his administration could help those knocked down by the pandemic and most vulnerable to the economic and social impact of COVID.   Los Angeles has been on a roller coaster against

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