CARES Act, Resources from our Partners: What Mayors Need to Know about COVID-19

Management in Times of Crisis

As a leader, learning to successfully manage a crisis happens while on the job, in real time. A crisis will prove to be one of the most challenging yet defining moments of any mayor’s career. Now more than ever, newly-elected mayors need support–so the kickoff for our 2020 New Mayors Cohort last month was particularly timely. In our first session, our new mayors learned from former mayors: Betsy Hodges (Minneapolis, MN), Mark Mallory (Cincinnati, OH), and Annise Parker (Houston, TX). This panel of mentor mayors provided thoughtful, forward-looking advice. And because their insights provide valuable guidance to local leaders more broadly, we’re sharing the top line takeaways. Read more here.

CARES Act: Its Impact on Cities

Check out this very helpful summary for more on how the CARES Act will impact cities, from our friends at Capital Edge. Contact Ralph Garboushian to learn more.

Resources from Our Partners

Small Business Relief
What do cities need to know about supporting their small businesses? View this guide to helping small businesses navigate and recover from the COVID-19 crisis, from the Kaufmann Foundation.

Supporting Food Access
From the Healthy Food Policy Project, view an index of local government policies here that support food access during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

A Network For Local Youth Civic Engagement Groups
Network for Youth Civic Engagement (N-YCE, pronounced like “nice”) is a brand new tool launched for local youth councils, mayor’s youth advisory boards, or other youth civic engagement groups to share great ideas and build relationships across the country.

Youth civic engagement groups should have youth members be associated with a local government entity, and engage in advocacy, elected official or public education, and/or community service. To join or learn more, email

Live City Response Feed

Our live city response feed provides you with a curated list from around the country, making it quick and easy to access the most relevant ideas for city leaders. Submit your own innovative policies here. To see the city responses so far:

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