Category: Economic Development

Reopening Youth Summer Learning Programs

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The unprecedented public health emergency caused by the novel Coronavirus has created tremendous challenges for cities across the country. In March, over 124,000 U.S. public and private K-12 schools closed their buildings impacting at least 55.1 million children and youth who were sent home to transition to virtual/distance learning. While every school district across the

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Cities Prepared for Rainy Days, but Not a Fiscal Tsunami

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As the pandemic-induced economic downturn continues, cities are facing immediate, significant and irreplaceable losses to major revenue streams. NLC estimates that cities will experience a $360 billion budget shortfall over the next three years. The question, of course, quickly turns to are cities prepared to weather a fiscal storm this severe? One critical way to

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Overcoming Isolation and Unexpected Food Insecurity in Montclair, NJ

By AARP Montclair, New Jersey—a generally upscale suburb 12 miles west of Manhattan— is home to 39,000 people, 20 percent of whom are age 60 or older. The township joined the  AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities  in 2015. Montclair’s age-friendly effort is called  Lifelong Montclair.  The Challenge  “The most pressing issue we’re facing is a

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Supporting Essential Workers to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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Across the country, millions of employees are now deemed essential workers. From grocery cashiers to pharmacy technicians to gas station attendants, many are balancing protecting themselves and working in low-wage jobs that provide necessary services to American society at large. There are also frontline workers, such as doctors, elder care workers, nurses and police officers who are helping in this fight by directly helping those most impacted by this

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Five Big Questions on City Leaders’ Minds as Their Economies Reopen

As city officials weigh the risks and rewards of reopening their local economies, they face a series of intertwined economic, public health, and public relations dilemmas. How can they maximally reduce the risk of infection in places of business? How do they know if the risk of infection in a given sector or region of their city becomes too high for it to remain open? And how do they

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How COVID-19 Will Reshape Public-Private Partnerships

As local officials across the country respond to the novel coronavirus, many are realizing there is a unique opportunity to rethink what the new normal should be. More importantly, how might it be better than where we’ve come from. I have already seen examples of great efforts emerging like the one from NLC to ensure that local governments of all sizes

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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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Moving City Council Meetings Online in Response to COVID-19

In response to growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in states and communities across the country, municipal governments are being forced to either close their meetings to the public or operate meetings entirely remotely. However, most communities are subject to sunshine laws, accessibility laws, or concerns about public engagement. How are local governments responding to this

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PACE: The Economic Incentive for Environmental Protection

In the fall of 2019, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties (NACo) collaborated with PACENation to produce a three-part webinar series aimed at outlining the benefits of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) to local governments, educating local officials about PACE financing and explaining how the program can be used for

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