Category: Cities Are Essential

Local Governments Report Progress on Coronavirus Relief Funds, But Few Unobligated Dollars Remain for Cities and Towns Waiting for Aid

70 percent of relief funds have already been obligated, only 10 percent to local governments, leaving small communities behind. Despite recent assertions to the contrary, information provided by the Treasury Department coupled with the latest data from national organizations representing state and local governments show that an overwhelming majority of CARES Act funds allocated for

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America’s Mayors Respond to the Lack of Local Aid in Senate Relief Package

Less than 24 hours after the Senate released the HEALS Act, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors hosted a joint virtual press conference with mayors from across the country to share their ongoing reality in the wake of  the draft coronavirus relief package, which included no direct aid for state

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University Towns Face Economic Crisis and COVID-19 Head On

On Monday, July 20, the National League of Cities University Communities Council, along with the International City/County Management Association and the International Town & Gown Association, hosted a virtual briefing with city leaders from college towns across the nation to share their community’s challenges and concerns brought on by COVID-19. Cities, towns and boroughs are

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Cities are Essential – The Fight of Our Financial Lives

Today, Congress returns to Washington and the situation for America’s cities, towns and villages is dire. Infrastructure projects have been halted, workers are out of jobs, and more local businesses are closing by the day. Congress needs to feel the urgency and pressure that local officials are feeling. Communities are hurting, and despite the widespread

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The Other Side Of The Pandemic: The Disruption Of Social Life

Local Leaders share their communities’ stories   COVID-19 is viewed as a global pandemic, but its effect on cities, towns, and villages has been significantly local. The National League of Cities (NLC) through its Share your COVID-19 Story feature allowed local leaders to voice the pandemic’s impact on their communities.      Research shows that local governments across the United States will experience up to 40% in revenue losses as a result of

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Local Leaders Racing Against the Economic Impact of COVID

“I sit alone as many of the 81 city employees furloughed work in City Hall, including the two members of my immediate staff.” Salvatore Panto Jr., Mayor of Easton, PA  Like Mayor Panto’s municipality, 74% of municipalities in the United States have already been forced to make unavoidable cuts and adjustments.  It has been more

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The Big Costs of Infrastructure Cutbacks

The budgetary impact of the COVID pandemic is hitting the city of Fargo, ND hard. Last month, the city cut nearly $10 million, including $7 million from capital improvement projects. Such projects included investment in “street, flood control, pavement preservation, and sidewalk projects” which are core building blocks in the city’s transportation and disaster resiliency systems.  

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

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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Three Things that the Fed and Congress Can Do Now to Help Small Cities Reopen and Recover

While more than 63% of Americans live in cities, the vast majority of city residents live in communities with populations of 300,000 or less[i]. Cities large and small face financial risks from COVID-19 and the challenge of mitigating its spread. They face extra and increasing costs for essential public safety and health and lost tax

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