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Spurring Economic Opportunity to Improve Health and Equity through COVID-19

Spurring Economic Opportunity to Improve Health and Equity through COVID-19

November 24, 2020

National League of Cities (NLC)

This NLC issue brief highlights strategies that can be adopted by city leaders to advance economic opportunity in light of the devastating impact of COVID-19.

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Mayors’ Institute on Job Creation and Economic Opportunity to Improve Health and Equity

November 23, 2020

National League of Cities (NLC)

The National League of Cities (NLC), through its Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) and in collaboration with The Democracy Collaborative‘s Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN), invites mayors to participate in an intensive problem-solving initiative with on-going capacity-building efforts.

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Study Shows Worse Health Outcomes in Redlined Neighborhoods

November 20, 2020

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

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New White Paper Advocates for Equity in Civic Education

November 20, 2020

iCivics and Generation Citizen

A new white paper outlines the challenges civic education has faced in reaching youth of color and provides suggestions for making civic education more equitable and relevant for today’s increasingly diverse student population.

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FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

November 20, 2020

FM Global

Through the FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program, fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, including pre-incident planning, fire prevention education/training and arson prevention/fire investigation.

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Health Data for Action

November 20, 2020

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

RWJF’s Health Data for Action (HD4A) program, launched in 2017 and managed by AcademyHealth, is designed to leverage health data for actionable insights.

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Restoration & Resilience COVID Recovery Fund

November 20, 2020

National Environmental Education Foundation

Thanks to major support from Toyota Motor North America, International Paper (IP), and the Hilton Effect Foundation, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) announces $128,000 in grant funding to support public lands that have been impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Major Points from Governor Kemp’s 11.13.20.01 and 11.13.20.02 Executive Orders

November 19, 2020

On November 13, Governor Kemp issued an extensive and detailed Executive Orders. This is a summary prepared by GMA’s Legal Department explaining those orders and their impact on local governments.

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New Urban Design in the Post-Pandemic Era

Public Square

November 16, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Cities and towns are facing a new reality, according to one of the founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism. This calls for new designs that violate some of the long-held design doctrines of New Urbanism—but have the same social intention.

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Farm to School Grant Program

November 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) establishes a Farm to School Program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

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HOPE VI Main Street Program

November 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units.

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Scaling Pandemic Resilience through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge

November 16, 2020

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

The FY 2020 Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge seeks applications from eligible organizations working to rapidly address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the coronavirus pandemic through entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Despite Focus on Upcoming Senate Elections in Georgia, Lawmakers Must Address Lingering Census Issues

November 13, 2020

By GMA President Vince Williams and GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson

While for most of the country, the 2020 elections are drawing to a close, Georgia remains in the throes of two hotly contested races to determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. At the same time, work goes on to address the massive issues facing our state and our country. We must continue working to make sure Georgia is well-positioned not just for the immediate future, but for the years to come as well. 

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All-America City Award

November 13, 2020

National Civic League

The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

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Police K9 Program

November 10, 2020

National Association of Chiefs of Police

Since 2001, NACOP has assisted police departments throughout the United States with their K-9 programs.

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Distressed Communities Index Maps the Country's Economic Well-Being

November 5, 2020

Economic Innovation Group

A new data tool examines economic well-being at the zip code level in order to provide a detailed view of the divided landscape of American prosperity.

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Is Your Municipality’s IT Support Partnering or Reacting?

CitySmart by Sophicity

November 3, 2020

Eric Johansson, Network Infrastructure Consultant, Sophicity

Do you have an IT partner? Or an IT “reactor”? Because IT today is so crucial to municipal operations, towns and cities are shifting more and more toward hiring IT partners who ensure technology runs smoothly and protects them from threats.

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Distilling the Basics of Municipal Alcoholic Beverage Regulation

October 29, 2020

October 2020 - Fourth Edition

This publication is to familiarize city officials with some of the important basics in the area of alcoholic beverage regulation.

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Grooming Future Leaders of Tomorrow

October 26, 2020

Sara Baxter

Youth in Dublin have a chance to learn about city government, participate in the court system and gain valuable job experience – all before they’re 18.

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Resources for Municipal Leaders to Help Ensure a Fair and Free Election

October 22, 2020

With early voting already underway for the 2020 Presidential Election, it’s critical that municipal leaders throughout the state have access to information that will help them provide and ensure a fair and free election in their communities. The resources listed below will help city leaders stay informed and aware during this time.

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National League of Cities' Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Program

October 21, 2020

Strengthening the capacity to build more equitable communities. Established in the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, MO, the REAL department offers tools and resources designed to help local elected leaders build safe places where people from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically and physically.

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Investing in a City Health District During the Pandemic

Public Square

October 19, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Memphis, Tennessee, shows the benefits of having community investment and social infrastructure, supported by philanthropy and institutions, in place during a pandemic.

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Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

October 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans.

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Downtown Developments: Businesses and Local Governments Adapt for the Future

October 12, 2020

By GMA’s Cindy Eidson and Chris Higdon

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Guyton Wins GMA’s 2020 Census Challenge

October 12, 2020

In July, GMA created the 2020 Census Challenge to help encourage the self-response rates in all of Georgia’s cities.

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‘Be WHO You Needed When YOU Were Younger:’ Attracting Young Adults to the Workforce

October 12, 2020

By Nikki Perry

Upon entering the workforce during the Great Recession of 2008, many millennials took whatever employment was available and are still job-hopping to catch up on their careers. Now in 2020, as Generation Z begins graduating college, they face similar prospects in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic that abruptly halted a booming economy. Welcome to adulthood, Gen Z.

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Cities Explore Succession & Replacement Planning

October 12, 2020

By Catherine Bennett and Tate Fowler, Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA

"What is a succession plan and is it right for your city? To understand what your answer may be, we must first understand the difference between a replacement plan and a succession plan."

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GMA Cares Because Cities Are Essential

Viewpoints

October 12, 2020

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

"As we navigate through these unprecedented times, I continue to be so impressed by the leadership and dedication of our city officials". - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

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Words Matter: Setting the Tone for Political Discourse

Viewpoints

October 12, 2020

By Vince Williams, GMA President

I believe city officials can, and should, set the standard for political discourse for others to follow.

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Racial Equity Tools Glossary

Racial Equity Tools Glossary

October 5, 2020

Racial Equity Tools

Words and their multiple uses reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. The purpose of this glossary is to achieve some degree of shared understanding and to enhance the quality of dialogue on equity and inclusion.

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CSX Community Service Grants

October 1, 2020

CSX Transportation

CSX supports local and regional community organizations that serve the needs of communities in which CSX operates and where its employees live and work.

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Fire Chiefs Association Creates Diversity and Inclusion Guide

October 1, 2020

International Association of Fire Chiefs

The International Association of Fire Chiefs' Guide for Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Department offers ways to increase the levels of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in eight specific areas of your department or organization.

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Georgia Bikes Offers Free Officer Training Courses

October 1, 2020

Georgia Bikes

Part of Georgia Bike’s safety education mission is partnering with cities and corresponding law enforcement agencies in Georgia to help officers better understand laws related to bicycling in the state.

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