NLC COVID-19: Pandemic Response Update | Issue 27



I hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend and spent some time recharging and bringing in the unofficial start to summer! The fight is still on and Cities Are Essential is in full force. Clearly our message is resonating, and people are listening – from Washington to Nevada to Minnesota, city leaders and state leagues are taking action and making their voices heard.

This week, we are also taking some time to discuss the vital connection between self-care and effective leadership. I hope you’re all able to tune into Thursday’s Tele-Town Hall with NLC CEO Clarence Anthony and the CEO of American Psychological Association Dr. Arthur Evans. It is so important right now that you take care of yourself while taking such good care of your constituents. You can register now!

Sending you strength,

Joe Buscaino
National League of Cities
President Pro Tempore, Los Angeles City Council

MAYORS ON THE FRONTLINES: Oklahoma City Mayor Holt

David Holt admits it was no easy decision to close his city but as he watched the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus on other cities, he knew acting early could save thousands. Hear from the mayor about making this decision.

AARP Older Adults Initiative

NLC and AARP have teamed up to offer resources that highlight how municipalities are serving the older adults in their communities during the COVID pandemic. Explore the stories of partnership.



COVID-19 Contact Tracing Resource
This resource guide divides these technology-driven efforts into two categories: predicting where COVID-19 hotspots will emerge to help target resources and assisting in contact-tracing efforts to limit the community spread of coronavirus. Download a copy of the resource here.


How To Support Working Parents to Open Cities During COVID-19
Parents across the country need support more than ever before as they balance caring for children and ensuring the financial stability of their families. Soaring unemployment and restricted operation of non-essential businesses have created unprecedented insecurity for families. Read more.

Rocky Mountain Towns Keep Residents Informed, Nourished and Engaged
When the town of Vail heard older residents were feeling out of the loop, they partnered with the Aging Well Initiative to create an informational postcard (pictured below) specifically tailored to older adults’ needs and questions. It describes food access programs — such as help with grocery shopping —and provides contact information for resources in the region. Read more.