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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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Reopening in Cities Across the Country: What Does the Data Show

Cities have been leading COVID response efforts across the country, and recently they have started to grapple with the new challenge of reopening amidst an ongoing pandemic. Elected officials and city staff have tirelessly crafted plans that attempt to balance public health, economic recovery, as well as align with plans of states and neighboring jurisdictions.

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Cities Must Continue to Lead with Urgency

When I was officially elected President of the National League of Cities at City Summit in November, I spoke to you and my fellow local leaders about my presidential platform: Leading with Urgency. The foundation for my vision for cities, towns and villages this year was meant to drive our communities forward on key areas, including infrastructure, housing instability, and partnerships between levels of government. 

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COVID Exacerbates Loss of Hope, Solution in Leading Causes of Life

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Seeding Hope and Belonging As a public leader, it can be daunting to consider how to adequately address the factors driving increases in deaths of despair. With so much at stake for individuals and their communities, it is essential to seed hope and to foster belonging.  Gary Gunderson, Vice President for Faith and Health at

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How Augusta Georgia Mayor Fed 25K During COVID

Augusta Georgia is a typical Southern city. Its people are friendly, proud and excited to tell you about their city. When COVID-19 hit the community, Augusta faced the challenge of ensuring members of its community could continue to have at least three meals a day. To solve this challenge, the mayor turned to partners. Hear

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CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Not Enough to Support Local Government Reopening and Recovery 

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, creating the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), a $150 billion relief fund for states, territories, tribes, and local governments. Of the 19,000 cities, towns, and villages in the United States, only 36 municipalities, each with more than 500,000 residents, were provided direct assistance under the CRF. Those 36 municipalities with populations over

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Consensus is Growing: More Emergency Funding is Essential for Local Governments

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On Thursday, June 11, the National League of Cities (NLC) hosted local and federal elected officials for an audience of hundreds of local leaders and Congressional staff in a virtual briefing on America’s economic recovery. After opening remarks and an overview of the Cities Are Essential campaign from Clarence E. Anthony, NLC CEO and Executive Director, and Irma Esparza Diggs, NLC’s Director of Federal Advocacy, attendees

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Three Things that the Fed and Congress Can Do Now to Help Small Cities Reopen and Recover

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While more than 63% of Americans live in cities, the vast majority of city residents live in communities with populations of 300,000 or less[i]. Cities large and small face financial risks from COVID-19 and the challenge of mitigating its spread. They face extra and increasing costs for essential public safety and health and lost tax

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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 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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