THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Past Pandemics: Stopping the Flu Epidemic in Seattle, 1918

More than 100 years ago, the world struggled with another epidemic, known as the Spanish Flu. In many cities at the time, streetcars were the main form of transportation, so cities set strict rules on social distancing.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  April 3, 2020
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Future in Context

Thomas Jefferson, Epidemics and His Vision for American Cities

Jefferson's experience with the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 reinforced his dislike of cities and shaped a radical plan for the development of a new nation that even included his concept of urban design.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  April 1, 2020
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Coronavirus Has Potential to Reshape Government Technology

The coronavirus crisis has made it clear that technology is essential to continuity of government. CIOs may see more of their wish lists fulfilled, but investing in IT will be tough with budgets heading south.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 2, 2020
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Property Tax Collectors, Give Folks a Break!

Delaying fast-approaching property-tax deadlines would help Americans facing economic stress, and it wouldn't be that costly for local governments.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  April 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Lessons on Governing from the World’s Extreme Economies

A new book's exploration of how places that have been battered by powerful forces have succeeded or failed has much to teach us about our own communities.

By Ryan Coonerty, Santa Cruz County Supervisor  |  April 2, 2020
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The number of coronavirus tests that the drive-thru testing site at Georgia Institute of Technology will be able to administer per day.


Boston Mayor Keeps City Up to Date on Coronavirus with Tech

The city has launched a number of data-enabled digital applications over the past few weeks as a way of keeping residents updated about the public health crisis rippling across the state.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  April 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Governments Ramp Up Communications as COVID-19 Accelerates

Communicating during a crisis calls for government to deliver a balance of credible, correct and timely information. It’s not easy, but tested strategies and tools are available.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  April 1, 2020
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Community Inspires Mayor to Serve with Integrity

His passion for authentic relationships helps Bryan Barnett to excel as mayor of Rochester Hills and as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Even in a time when the nation is without strategy, he continues to lead with integrity.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Role of Maps in Crafting a Shared Narrative in a Crisis

In an emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, local leaders can use powerful tools for visualizing data to highlight our residents' interconnectivity and the need for collective action.

By Stephen Goldsmith and Matt Leger, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School  |  April 1, 2020
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More Help Is Likely on the Way for States and Localities and the Coronavirus-caused Recession — Including an Obscure Source of Federal Aid for Muni Bonds

Plus, drafting a fourth stimulus bill before the $2 trillion package is sorted out, considering recession scenarios, state positioning as economy shudders, and credit ratings could be more vulnerable than budgets.

By Paul W. Taylor, Editor with Girard Miller, Columnist  |  March 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Easing Access to the Safety Net, and Why We Need to Do It Now

The economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic is making benefit programs more important than ever. It's critical to get information to people who need it and simplify application processes.

By Amy Finkelstein of MIT and Matthew Notowidigdo of Northwestern University  |  March 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Coronavirus Forces Legislators to Keep Their Distance

Nearly half the nation's legislatures have adjourned or canceled sessions. Where they're still meeting, lawmakers are improvising to keep a safe distance from one another.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 30, 2020
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