Category: COVID-19

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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Emergency Preparedness and COVID-19

Cities are entering an age of compounded risk and extraordinary complexity. In the past, local preparation for natural disasters and climate-related events was never simple, but it was certainly more straightforward. With its own logistical, economic, and political baggage in hand, the coronavirus is now converging with what may be one of our most hazardous

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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 Eviction Cliff is Here

By the end of this summer, as many as one of every five renters in the U.S. may be evicted from their homes. According to research from the Colorado-based COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, upward of 22 million renter households of the 110 million renters in the U.S. are at risk of eviction. As state governments

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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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Navigating Preemption during COVID: Four Steps Cities Can Take to Increase Affordable Housing

Since March, the landscape of housing stability has changed drastically for many residents because of the novel coronavirus. More than 44 million residents have filed for unemployment, 20 million residents are still out of work, 20 million renters are at risk of evictions, and the nation has entered into an economic recession. Inequities in housing,

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How Equitable Access to Banking Improves Economic Conditions for Everyone

As cities across the country consider ways that they can address the growing inequities throughout their communities, an important element is where a municipality’s money is located and how it is leveraged for greater social impact. As cities begin to set a path for economic recovery post-COVID-19, local leaders should consider their municipality’s relationship with

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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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National City Responds As a Community to COVID-19

As the country faces a spike in infections, many cities are rethinking their reopening strategies to ensure their residents remain safe while moving towards normalcy. In National City, CA, the second oldest city in San Diego County, Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis is urging her residents to stay the course. As the California governor revisits openings of

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