Category: Leadership

Graduating Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Celebrities came together several weeks ago to honor the graduating high school class of 2020 virtually amid COVID-19. With graduation ceremonies around the country canceled or postponed, cities have found their own unique ways to celebrate the achievements of graduating seniors. The cities of Williamson, West Virginia and Lawrence, Massachusetts hosted parades to celebrate graduating

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How Portland Got PPE to Its Most Vulnerable

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Over 650,000 people reside in the city of  Portland, Oregon which makes up the vast majority of the 900,00 people who reside in Multnomah County,  home to about 800,000 people.   In 2012, Portland was among a handful of US cities to participate in a global  predecessor to the U.S.-based  AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

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Supporting Small Businesses During COVID-19 in Columbia, SC

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Columbia, South Carolina moved quickly to respond when COVID-19 was declared a health pandemic. Mayor Stephen Benjamin declared a state of emergency in March and Columbia’s City Council approved a stay-at-home order weeks before a similar order was issued statewide. Hear from Mayor Benjamin why it was important to move with speed to support local

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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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Local Leaders Charting a Path for Equity

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Thank you for your leadership during these challenging and uncertain times. Many of you have been at the forefront of your community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic for the past few months. In the midst of this public health pandemic, many of our cities were reminded of the deep inequities that exist in our democracy.

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Taking Care of Yourself: Self-care Strategies for Effective Leadership During COVID-19

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit down with my college roommate, Dr. Arthur Evans, now CEO of The American Psychological Association; Lindsay Horvath, Mayor of West Hollywood, CA; and hundreds of other local elected officials to discuss the importance of maintaining mental health and committing to self-care during the pandemic. This all started as

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Vehicular Homelessness and the Road to Housing During and After COVID-19

On any given night 567,715 individuals are experiencing homelessness in 2019. Fast forward to today, the novel coronavirus has heightened a housing crisis that was already exacerbated by compounding factors like rising housing cost, wage stagnation and racialized housing policy . Now with the added layer of the novel coronavirus, the housing crisis has reached

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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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How To Support Working Parents to Open Cities During COVID-19

Parents across the country need support more than ever before as they balance caring for children and ensuring the financial stability of their families. Soaring unemployment and restricted operation of non-essential businesses has created unprecedented insecurity for families. Schools and childcare facilities remain closed in many parts of the country, adding to the burden for

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