Author: NLC Staff

How Augusta Georgia Mayor Fed 25K During COVID

Augusta Georgia is a typical Southern city. Its people are friendly, proud and excited to tell you about their city. When COVID-19 hit the community, Augusta faced the challenge of ensuring members of its community could continue to have at least three meals a day. To solve this challenge, the mayor turned to partners. Hear

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Cities are Making Unavoidable Cuts in Response to COVID-19 Fiscal Pressures

New survey data from over 1,100 municipalities across the country shows that the national economic recovery is at even greater risk of stalling if Congress fails to provide direct federal aid to America’s cities, towns and villages. The survey, which focuses on local spending cuts and service adjustments, found that 65% of cities are being

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CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Not Enough to Support Local Government Reopening and Recovery 

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, creating the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), a $150 billion relief fund for states, territories, tribes, and local governments. Of the 19,000 cities, towns, and villages in the United States, only 36 municipalities, each with more than 500,000 residents, were provided direct assistance under the CRF. Those 36 municipalities with populations over

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Celebrating Juneteenth: America’s Second Independence Day

Today, June 19, is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that enslaved Black people were now free. This was two and a half years after

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Honolulu Mayor Trusted Residents To Help In Response to COVID-19

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Hawaii is almost everyone’s paradise. When the novel coronavirus hit the island paradise, local leaders had to move quickly. Its response would mean closing its borders and shutting the valve on its economic lifeline: Tourism. Yet, Mayor Kirk Caldwell of Honolulu knew he did not have a choice. He looked at the numbers coming from

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Graduating Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Celebrities came together several weeks ago to honor the graduating high school class of 2020 virtually amid COVID-19. With graduation ceremonies around the country canceled or postponed, cities have found their own unique ways to celebrate the achievements of graduating seniors. The cities of Williamson, West Virginia and Lawrence, Massachusetts hosted parades to celebrate graduating

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Containing COVID Spread Amidst Reopening and Protests

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After shutdowns that devastated local economies, cities and towns across the country are at various stages of reopening since the second week of May. While COVID-19 transmission is declining in many states the highest transmission rates have moved from big cities to the heartlands. This is likely from large crowds that congregated over Memorial Day

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Consensus is Growing: More Emergency Funding is Essential for Local Governments

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On Thursday, June 11, the National League of Cities (NLC) hosted local and federal elected officials for an audience of hundreds of local leaders and Congressional staff in a virtual briefing on America’s economic recovery. After opening remarks and an overview of the Cities Are Essential campaign from Clarence E. Anthony, NLC CEO and Executive Director, and Irma Esparza Diggs, NLC’s Director of Federal Advocacy, attendees

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When “Stay-at-Home” is Not an Option: Domestic Violence in the Time of COVID-19

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Dramatic declines in reports of domestic violence and child abuse might otherwise be cause for celebration — but amidst COVID-19, it is actually a source of great concern for advocates and city leaders. Abusers often weaponize isolation and seek to maintain control over their victims, and with the stay-at-home orders still in place in many

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