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Economic Response and Recovery Toolkits


The COVID-19 crisis and associated recession have created massive challenges for cities. Given the unique nature and magnitude of this crisis and resource constraints, many local economic development teams lack tools to adequately respond and drive economic recovery. The aim of the Economic Response and Recovery Program is to help local economic development leaders rapidly develop and deliver impactful programming.

COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery Roadmap

Economic Response and Recovery Roadmap
The roadmap compiles 37 practical actions to address the immediate and medium-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession on employers, workers, and small businesses. It also provides more than 100 examples of localities which are implementing these actions

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Data tools to help cities make economic policy and program decisions

Data Tools to Help Cities Make Economic Policy and Program Decisions
The toolkit compiles a list of 20 free, practical, up-to-date and easy-to-use data tools that economic development leaders can use to target their programming more effectively.

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Guidenlines for employers and individuals during phases of economic opening

Business Reopening toolkit
The toolkit is a guide to national and international best practices to help businesses reopen safely. The guide will be revised and expanded over time.

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Business Retention Strategies

Business Retention and Expansion Toolkit
The toolkit contains recommended actions to retain a city’s existing employers and grow jobs during the current recession.

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Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities

Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities

This provides information on the importance of the cultural sector in the United States and insights into practices being implemented as organizations plan their reopening.

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More COVID-19 Resources for Cities


Crisis Communications Module

The COVID-19 Crisis Communications Module provides insights on best practices and implementation recommendations around internal crisis response, press relations, social media and digital platforms—along with accompanying templates and tools that can be customized to help more effectively engage with residents.

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COVID-19 Communications Module

Municipal Resource FAQ

The Municipal Resource FAQ provides detailed answers to questions posed by city leaders during and after our April 7 webinar, the first in the series, offering additional in-depth guidance for cities as they operationalize their emergency response to COVID-19.

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Municipal Resources FAQ

Streets For Pandemic Response and Recovery

Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery compiles emerging practices from around the world and includes implementation resources for cities and their partners. Recognizing the rapidly changing nature of this pandemic, Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery will be revised and expanded to include new strategies, address changing conditions, and provide the best possible information on each design practice.

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Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery

Advisory Council for the Reopening of the City of Atlanta

The Report provides short-, mid-, and long-term recommendations for a deliberate reopening informed by public health guidance and best practices, including from Vital Strategies’ Resolve to Save Lives initiative.

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Report of the Advisory Council for the Reopening of the City of Atlanta

Team Up Guidebook

Team Up is a unique initiative that seamlessly bridges the world of sports and education. This initiative provides under-resourced youth with the knowledge, experience, and motivation to pursue higher education, while simultaneously developing a myriad of skills applicable to any future career. The Team Up Guidebook provides organizations with the tools needed to determine the utility of Team Up, how-to instructions for all stakeholders, and actionable steps for the implementation and management of the program.

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Team Up Guidebook

Asphalt Art Guide

The Bloomberg Associates Asphalt Art Guide features successful plaza and roadway art activations around the world, as well as key steps and tips for developing such projects. By sharing lessons learned from Asheville to Athens, Bogota to Boston, we hope to help city agencies, community organizations and artists be most efficient in championing projects that deliver safer, more beautiful streetscapes.

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Asphalt Art Guide

Digital City Tools

Bloomberg Associates’ Digital City Tools report highlights the innovative ways city governments around the world are using technology to overcome challenges and drive progress. It is part of an information exchange among twenty-two global cities about the digital technologies they use, how they are implementing them and their impact.

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Digital City Tools

Milan Welcome Guide

The Milan Welcome Guide is the city’s first resource that compiles critical information for new arrivals to the city and helps them navigate the process of establishing residency. Produced in 5 languages including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic, the guide aims to promote Milan’s openness and diversity.

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Welcome to Milan

City Tools: London

City Tools: London is a report and interactive dashboard that maps technologies, contracts and skills across London’s boroughs. This is a starting point to enable possible collaborations between local authorities, identify opportunities for new entrants and innovators into the government technology market, and drive cost savings by coordinating contracts and leveraging boroughs’ collective bargaining power.

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City Tools: London

Great Streets for Los Angeles

Strategic plan for a newly reimagined transportation department.

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Great Streets for Los Angeles

One Atlanta: Housing Affordability Action Plan

The One Atlanta: Housing Affordability Action Plan outlines a bold vision to provide a pathway to affordable and equitable housing opportunities for all who desire to call Atlanta home.

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One Atlanta

Oakland Economic Development Strategic Plan

The purpose of the Economic Development Strategy is to set both immediate and long-term goals and priorities to grow Oakland’s economy while keeping Oakland a unique, special place to live and do business. Our goal is to make Oakland an easy, efficient, and prosperous place to do business, and to reduce racial disparities and help all Oaklanders achieve economic security.

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City of Oakland Economic Development Strategy

Houston Complete Communities

Complete Communities is Mayor Sylvester Turner’s plan to revitalize Houston’s most under-resourced neighborhoods. The mission of Complete Communities is to create a more equitable and prosperous city for all Houstonians by working with local stakeholders and cross-sector partners to improve designated neighborhoods. The Action Plan outlines the vision and plan for each Complete Community neighborhood, as generated by a robust community engagement effort.

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Houston Complete Communities Initiative