Tag: coronavirus

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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New Presidential Proclamation Limits Green Cards Temporarily

When President Trump tweeted that he intended to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States due to COVID-19 no one quite knew what to expect. The presidential proclamation prevents foreign nationals who are outside of the United States now and for the next 60 days (possibly longer if the proclamation is extended) from applying for legal permanent

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Rethinking Sidewalks and Streets in the Midst of COVID-19

Adjusting During COVID-19 With millions of Americans now working from home right now, roads have shifted from being a means to get to and from work to spaces for residents to exercise and get to the grocery store. In the long list of changes caused by COVID-19, how residents move around their cities and towns

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How Mesa is Using Data to Guide CARES Relief

As the third-largest city in the State of Arizona and one of the largest cities in the Unites States, Mesa is taking a proactive approach to learning about our community needs. We decided that the best way to help our residents, our non-profits and our business community was to go directly to the source and ask.  This early research is key to helping Mesa

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Homelessness and the Critical Needs of Those Most At-Risk

As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc among communities across the globe, it is those already living at the margins who will see the deadliest consequences. For individuals who are housing insecure or experiencing homelessness, stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders can be difficult, if not impossible, to comply with, introducing further uncertainty and fear into their lives.   Among the housing insecure and those experiencing homelessness, some populations are particularly vulnerable, now more than ever. These include racial and ethnic minorities, youth and adolescents fleeing

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Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

As local leaders respond to this COVID-19 pandemic, government decision-makers and decision-making processes will be tested in unprecedented ways. Now, more than ever, these decisions cannot only consider equity as one piece of many; they must center on equity. Without applying an explicit equity lens to each city’s COVID-19 response, the response is likely to perpetuate or exacerbate existing inequities for people of color, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and other vulnerable

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Cybersecurity Tips for Working from Home

Government employees nationwide are moving to at-home work locations as social distancing in response to COVID-19 increases. The ever-present cyber threats that concern governments, however, don’t disappear when employees go home. Public sector staff can follow these top tips to mitigate risk and protect both public and personal networks and information. Understand you are a

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New York Challenges Regulations Related to Federal Coronavirus-Based Leave

On March 18, 2020, Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), providing certain workers up to ten paid sick days and up to twelve weeks of emergency family leave in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule implementing the FFCRA. In a lawsuit,

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The Case for Rental Assistance: Why It is Necessary and How Cities Can Fund It

Housing instability plagued many Americans long before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the global health crisis has recently pushed it to the forefront of many policymakers’ minds as more families are urged to shelter in place. With orders to stay-at-home to help curb the spread of the virus, the question of who has a home to stay in, and

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Hazard Pay Decisions Challenge City Leaders

Cities have employees in many high-risk positions. Police, firefighters, paramedics, and EMT’s are typical examples. Private and public employers alike are considering additional compensation, or “hazard pay,” for employees working on the frontlines in midst of the COVID-19 crisis. For those cities that implement such a policy, there exists a labyrinth of rules and regulations

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