Category: data

Cities Anticipate $360 Billion Revenue Shortfall

In Charleston, WV, the city approved a $98.9 million budget in fiscal year 2019 but is on track to end with a $2 million deficit. The city of Boulder, CO, projects a shortfall of approximately $21 million in the general fund and a $41 million overall budget deficit. In New Orleans, LA, city officials estimate

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Data Outlooks in the Age of COVID-19

Data is central to city planning and strategies, and city leaders have long worked with internal staff and expert partners to compile and analyze data for decision-making. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the process for collecting and utilizing data needs to happen in real-time, so we can take into account the spread of

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Essential Municipal Employees Vulnerable to Severe Cuts

Cities, towns and villages across the nation are preparing for significant budget cuts and the difficult decisions that accompany them. The fiscal impacts of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 are not just numbers on a page. They include massive layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts that affect the lives of thousands of municipal employees, their

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City Leaders Call for Data Disaggregation in COVID-19 Response

The legacy of structural racism from redlining, urban renewal, and other local, state, and federal policies has led to generations of disinvestment and hazardous environments in communities of color, especially Black communities. It has become clear that the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate racial inequities in health and healthcare access resulting from this legacy.   Rochester Mayor Provides Example of Leadership  Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester,

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What Cities Need to Do Now to Ensure Black Communities Get Stimulus Payments

Some people have already received their stimulus payment, some are waiting to receive them, and some may never receive them unless they also receive guidance from their city. Due to things like lower access to internet and banking, low-income Black individuals will likely face the greatest challenges in receiving a stimulus payment. Local leaders can

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Is Your City Playing by the (New) Rules to Support a Pandemic Economy?

We’re approximately one month in to taking Coronavirus seriously as a society. As more and more states and localities issue stay-at-home orders to keep us safe and healthy, businesses are shuttering, and unemployment is skyrocketing. Although protecting the U.S. from even graver and more rampant cases is priority number one, cities are also trying to

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The Deal is Done: How Much Can Cities Expect from the 3rd Coronavirus Package?

Today, Congress passed and the President signed the CARES Act, which, among many things, provides local governments funding to meet the immediate needs of residents, households, and small businesses on the economic margins. The Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the CARES Act, provides $150 billion for state, local and tribal governments to use to cover

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Q&A: Mayor Lovely Warren on Rochester’s Leadership to Address Healthy Housing and a Call to Action


Part one in a two-part series on city leadership to address healthy housing from Rochester, New York. We are encouraging mayors and city managers across the country to learn from Rochester’s leadership and take the Mayor’s Action Challenge on Lead-Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods pledge. Rochester’s efforts have significantly reduced childhood lead poisonings and made an

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5 Things Cities Can Do to Support Afterschool in 2020

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In 2015, 19 percent of 350 municipal leaders surveyed by the National League of Cities said that they used their bully pulpit to promote summer learning with 11 percent stating that they made policy changes in support of summer learning. Since then, many municipal leaders have embraced summer learning as a strategy to solve some

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Grand Rapids: Using Data to Improve Afterschool Programs


A growing number of cities understand the value that afterschool programs bring to children, youth, and their families, and in turn to the city. Many cities have built coordinated citywide afterschool systems to increase access and participation of target populations and to set a standard of quality for all programs.  A city or network of

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