Over the past two weeks, life in our cities, towns, and villages has changed drastically. Our nation’s top health experts have asked us to stop gathering in large groups in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Schools, restaurants, places of worship, small businesses and even some municipal offices have moved online or closed entirely. The most vulnerable people in our communities are worried about having a roof over their heads, a paycheck to cover the bills, and a meal to feed their kids. These are unprecedented times for our nation.
Local leaders are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, making difficult, life-saving decisions every hour of every day. That is why the National League of Cities is working tirelessly to support you. Below you will find a recap of our efforts to date.
NLC has set up a coronavirus response page with the latest resources and news to help you make the best decisions for your community. Here you will find updates on federal guidance and support, state resources from the state municipal leagues, content and updates from our partners, and other information to help you with local preparedness and response. Tomorrow, March 19, we will begin a regular email newsletter with the latest information and tools to support your efforts locally.
We know that a strong local-federal partnership is crucial now more than ever, as local leaders make life-saving decisions for our community members. NLC is in constant communication with the Administration and Congressional leaders to advocate for the needs of cities, towns, and villages during this public health crisis. As Congress moves forward with a stimulus package, we are working to ensure the needs of cities, towns and villages are front and center. Earlier this week, NLC urged Congressional leaders to quickly and efficiently direct federal funding to the local level, now and in any additional COVID-19 legislation. We hope you will join us in calling on all Members of Congress to support this effort.
Finally, this week, we notified all attendees of the Congressional City Conference that two individuals who attended the conference tested positive for COVID-19. If you or a colleague attended CCC and have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the matter.
At this time of great uncertainty, the National League of Cities will continue to invest in member services and work tirelessly on your behalf. We must stand strong together, support one another, and address each challenge hour by hour, and day by day. We will practice compassion, flexibility, and patience, and I hope that you will do the same.
About the Author: Clarence E. Anthony is the CEO & Executive Director of the National League of Cities. Follow him on Twitter: @ceanthony50.