Category: COVID-19 Finance & Budget

Pilot Partnership for Behavioral Science, Design, & Evidence

This article is by ELGL member Michael Halford, Assistant County Manager for Gaston County, NC. Gaston County Government is working with Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight (CAH) and NC State University’s  College of Design to form a pilot partnership of local governments interested in applying behavioral science, good design, and evidence to strengthen their COVID-19 responses. The partnership’s … Continued

Report: Local Government’s Next Normal

This is the report from the ELGL, The Atlas, and SeeClickFix “Local Government’s Next Normal” survey, conducted in June & July 2020. Download the full report About the Local Government’s Next Normal Report Local governments across the country, and of all sizes, have been experiencing rapid shifts in priorities and work as a result of … Continued

Survey: Linking Budget to Strategy

Our friends at ClearPoint Strategy want to learn more about how your local government’s budget and strategy align. The survey focuses on three parts: Strategy, Budget, and COVID-19. The survey is composed of 20 multiple choice questions and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. We’re interested to learn how local governments align their budget … Continued

Three Quick Lessons from California to Promote Local Businesses

This post is by ELGL member Assaf Frances, the Director of Urban Policy for Zencity. Following Governor Newsom’s mandate to shut down indoor business activity, cities that authorized and encouraged outdoor business activity generated 2X positive sentiment amongst residents.  The recent announcement by California Governor Gavin Newsom about the rollback and closure of indoor operations put many … Continued

It’s All About the Money? How Local Governments are Listening to their Residents to Solidify their FY21 Budget

This post is by ELGL member Assaf Frances, the Director of Urban Policy for Zencity. Nearly 9 in 10 US cities are experiencing a budget shortfall due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their economies. With a projected $360 billion revenue loss over the next three years, unexpected expenditures and insufficient federal support,  local governments need to strategize … Continued

Podcast: Budgeting During COVID-19 with Gregory Patrick, Norfolk, VA

Gregory Patrick Budget Director City of Norfolk, Virginia LinkedIn | Twitter Strategic planning and managing resources during a crisis. Gregory Patrick, the Budget Director for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, joined the podcast to talk about how his office is putting together an annual budget during COVID-19. He shared how their process has changed and … Continued

U.S. Digital Response: A Resource for Local Government

As the COVID-19 crisis impacts every aspect of society, cities across the country feel the strain on their existing technology. Teams are spinning up new systems, websites, and tools to help their workforces and neighbors navigate this crisis, with limited resources, staff, and support. If we can help, we will U.S. Digital Response is a … Continued

COVID-19 Furlough Information for Employees & Public

The decision to furlough employees is extremely difficult, and one that many local governments are considering and pursuing during COVID-19. An ELGL member provided the public and employee communications used by the local government as templates for other organizations looking for ways to communicate this difficult information. Sample furlough press release template Sample resources summary … Continued

Rewind: Strategic Planning & Budgeting in the Time of COVID-19 Webinar

This webinar took place on April 10, 2020 and was hosted by Toy Beeninga and Mary Vigue from the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. Materials from the presentation: Budget Reduction Outline Balancing Model Review City of Raleigh Budget Reduction Strategy Map NCLM Revenue Projections Memo NCLM Revenue Forecasts UNC SOG Resources

Sample COVID-19 Budget & Workforce Impacts Letter

This is a sample COVID-19 letter to employees about potential future budget and workforce impacts. The author of this message is a city manager who has requested anonymity and so all referring information has been replaced with a [note in brackets]. Dear Colleagues, As we enter our fourth week of city building and facility closures, … Continued

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