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NLC posts data on cities’ COVID-19 responses

The National League of Cities has posted a Google spreadsheet containing policies local governments have issued to fight the coronavirus.

Working with Bloomberg Philanthropies, NLC developed the COVID-19 Local Action Tracker. The data is sortable by date, city, state, policy area, action type and population impacted. It also contains a link to the policy’s text or release.

Besides emergency declarations and executive orders closing bars and restaurants, users can also see policies and statements issued on continuation of utilities despite delinquent payments, volunteer programs, public transit, help for small businesses, feeding school children and caring for the homeless, among others.

As it works on a more robust platform, NLC is asking local government leaders to fill out a form containing information on the actions they have taken to ensure the health and safety of their residents. The site will be updated daily.

The organization has also developed a resource page and a pandemic response newsletter to support cities, towns and villages during the outbreak and help them deploy measures to reduce its spread. 

NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony urged Senate negotiators working on the state stabilization fund in the stimulus package to ensure direct federal funding is can get to cities, towns and villages to stabilize households, residents and small businesses on the economic margins.

"Right now, we estimate that nationally, cities will need at least $250 billion in emergency funding,” he said. “Local leaders stand ready to work beside Congress to help counteract the devastating economic effects brought on by the Coronavirus."

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA and MA from West Chester University and did Ph.D. work in English at the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at [email protected] or @sjaymiller.

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