Tag: covid-19

Containing COVID Spread Amidst Reopening and Protests

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After shutdowns that devastated local economies, cities and towns across the country are at various stages of reopening since the second week of May. While COVID-19 transmission is declining in many states the highest transmission rates have moved from big cities to the heartlands. This is likely from large crowds that congregated over Memorial Day

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Introducing a Framework for Reopening Government Departments

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Countless written guides exist for re-opening a restaurant, furniture store, salon or gym. These guides are essential aids to the businesspeople who might not otherwise know how to prevent COVID-19 spread. We want these businesses open – albeit safely – to refuel our local economies. However, there is very little guidance offered to local and

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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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