University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Local Leader's Toolkit: A Strong Towns Response to the Pandemic

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Public Spaces
Local governments are on the front lines of our nation’s response to the combined public health and economic crisis created by COVID-19. Local leaders are being forced to adapt to new realities in an environment where the individuals, families, businesses, and civic organizations within their community are under extreme stress. This book is broken down into three phases for action: from the immediate steps your community should be taking to the mid-range tactics to the long-term action items on issues like food supply, housing, health care, transportation, or just basic community commerce. Community leaders have to address these problems in real time, under stress, with limited outside assistance. To prepare the ground for recovery, we are now forced to innovate.

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