Category: Leadership

A Lifeline for Older Adults in Columbus, Ohio

By AARP With a population nearing 900,000, Columbus, Ohio, is the largest municipality in the state and 14th largest in the US. It is Ohio’s state capital as well as home to Ohio State University and headquarters for five Fortune 500 companies. Combined with the rest of Franklin County, the area is home to about

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How New Orleans Prioritized Equity In Fighting COVID-19

On The Frontlines is a joint project between NLC and IGNITE Cities In the ‘Big Easy,’ where life has always moved at its own pace, Mayor LaToya Cantrell had to make a quick decision to slow the economic and social pace of her city when it was discovered as a hotspot for COVID-19. As confirmations

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Sharing Health Information and Providing Basic Necessities in Georgetown, Maine

By AARP Georgetown is an island community of 1,000 near Bath and Boothbay Harbor. Consisting of eight separate villages, the town is classic Maine— home to boat builders, seafood shacks, retirees, and artists. Maine has the highest concentration of older residents of any state in the union, and the median age in Georgetown is 49.6. The

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Rocky Mountain Towns Keep Residents Informed, Nourished and Engaged

By AARP The Response  When in-person senior programs were canceled in March, the Aging Well Initiative shifted their information services to local newspapers and social media along with launching the  COVID-19 community monitoring dashboard — a one-stop-shop for accessing the county’s current case count and reporting symptoms. People can track how COVID-19 is spreading locally

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How Technology is Helping Dayton and Louisville Respond to COVID-19

Local leaders, like many of their residents, have had to adapt to a new normal in the wake of COVID-19. From stay-at-home orders to transitioning to virtual meetings, municipalities across the country are adjusting to ensure they stay connected to their residents.   The result, in the age of social distancing, is that municipal leaders are

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Mayor Suarez Advice From the Frontlines

Across the United States, large cities have been the early epicenter of the novel Coronavirus pandemic. From Los Angeles to New York to Miami, big-city mayors have been responding in a myriad of ways to protect their residents and flatten the curve. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who himself tested positive for the virus in March,

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On The Frontlines of COVID-19 with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Across the country, mayors are stepping up and making tough decisions during the coronavirus pandemic to protect the health and welfare of their residents in cities, towns and villages. From being some of the first leaders to issue stay at home orders, to supporting small businesses in their communities with grants and loans and protecting

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Our Fight For Local Funding During COVID-19 Continues

On Tuesday, the Senate passed an interim package to provide $484 billion to small businesses and hospitals. The House is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow. Unfortunately, neither the Coronavirus Community Relief Act nor proposals to use funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund in the CARES Act to offset lost local revenue were included in this legislation.

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Infinite Hope (and Action!) for 2020

I never imagined I’d see the year 2020. When I thought about it – even just a few years ago – I envisioned flying cars and space travel. I foresaw a world where our society’s most basic needs – shelter and safety – would be met. I presumed the tenants of local democracy would win

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