Local Government Management

Sending Support: Battling Isolation, Seniors Find Comfort in Pen Pals

Senior centers, nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country have launched pen-pal programs to help older adults battle social isolation created by the coronavirus.

D.C.'s Transit System Won't Fully Restart Service Until Next Spring

A phased recovery plan for the Metro system in the Washington, D.C. area doesn't envision a quick return to normal levels of service. Across the country, transit agencies are figuring out how to balance safety and service.

With Traditional Rites of Passage on Hold, High School Principals Find New Ways to Honor Graduating Seniors

Prom and graduation are canceled because of coronavirus, but high school principals across the country are working to make sure that seniors still feel special.

Hoping to Spark Joy, Firefighters Conduct Birthday Drive-Bys

Across the country, fire departments are lighting up their trucks to drive through the neighborhoods of kids who can't have birthday parties because of Covid-19.

Across the Country, Local Officials Hope New Rules Will Help Parks Reopen Safely

Dozens of municipalities are reopening park facilities, but requiring that visitors wear masks and adhere to social distancing to continue to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Canceled Fundraisers, Fewer Volunteers: Small Fire Departments Face Their Own Coronavirus Challenges

Staffing shortages, fundraising difficulties and a lack of personal protective equipment have forced rural and volunteer-driven fire departments to adapt quickly.

Amid Crisis, Mayors Can Build a Workforce for the Second Machine Age

COMMENTARY | The economic fallout of Covid-19 combined with growing automation is poised to transform millions of jobs nationwide. Mayors should start developing plans to create a more adaptable workforce for a rapidly changing economy.

Travelers Ignoring Mandatory Quarantine Orders? One Mayor Thinks You're a 'Covidiot.'

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami debuted the term after three people disregarded Hawaii's mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for travelers. Two more people have been arrested since.

Stay-At-Home Orders Can Be Dangerous for Victims of Domestic Violence. But Help Is Still Available.

Roughly half of agencies providing help to victims of domestic violence are closed during the coronavirus outbreak, but many have transitioned to virtual or phone services.

'It Can Happen to Anybody': When Coronavirus Spreads at a Local Health Department

Six employees at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department tested positive for coronavirus. All were key to the department's pandemic response plan, leaving officials scrambling to find replacements.

Buddying Up For Quarantine: Animal Shelters Report Adoption Spikes Amid Pandemic Shutdowns

Requests to foster and adopt animals have skyrocketed across the country as Americans hunker down at home. But leaders at some animal shelters say they haven't seen the same boom, while all worry about future funding.

Amid Closures, Libraries Find New Ways to Provide Services

As their branches close to protect public health, librarians turn to virtual programming and relief efforts to continue serving their communities.

Trail Use Way Up as Coronavirus Stifles Other Activities

“People are craving outlets for their physical and mental well being,” said an expert. But this has created concerns that people are too crammed together in these open spaces.

Local Government's Still Open—Remotely

As Covid-19 takes hold in communities, local governments are transitioning staff members to telework—a first for many localities. And it's come with challenges, from slow broadband connections to a laptop shortage.

Crowdsourcing to Fight a Pandemic

COMMENTARY | Cities are rapidly sharing ideas to identify which actions work best to protect residents hardest hit by the coronavirus.

As Ridership and Revenues Plunge, Transit Agencies Seek Financial Aid

The coronavirus has far fewer people riding buses and trains. Tax revenues going towards transit are in line to take a hit as well.

In the Age of Social Distancing, Government Meetings Go Virtual

State and local governments are holding virtual meetings to slow the spread of Covid-19 and trying to find ways to continue public participation.

Thinking Beyond Taxpayer Dollars for Stadium Improvements

COMMENTARY | Municipalities are now significantly less likely to spend public dollars on new stadium development. Owners and public officials are finding different, mutually beneficial partnerships to generate revenue for stadium upgrades.

Poop, Screams and Divebombing Birds: How One City Plans to Deal With a Peacock Problem

The Miami City Commission will begin humanely trapping and relocating peacocks from one neighborhood after years of complaints from residents.

Containing the Coronavirus

In King County, Washington, the public health department is relying on temporary staff hired for measles and hepatitis A outbreaks to help investigate a confirmed case of coronavirus.