With the latest COVID-19 funding packages, there’s over $20 billion for state and local governments on the line. Making sense of and knowing how to implement that funding, however, is half the battle.
Learn how local governments can support small businesses and strengthen economic development during and after COVID-19 impacts. Emily recently hosted a webinar on how local governments can support and sustain small businesses during and after COVID-19.
Some of our clients may appreciate this collection of links to how farmers' markets are remaining in operation around the country while following social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19. Many thanks to ELGL for coordinating!
All too often, decisions are made by diverse groups of stakeholders, but with little or no farmer representation. This can lead to expensive mistakes – such as grant-funded community kitchens that are hardly ever used – as well as to increased distrust between farmers and the government, nonprofit, and educational agencies that aim to support them.
We know that women in rural areas face many unique challenges. Disparities in healthcare lead to more significant health issues. Rural women face depression almost twice as often as their urban counterparts and have fewer years of higher education. Entrepreneurial women are founding 30% of all the businesses in this country, but only 6.5% of companies have a female CEO.
He calls it being proactive: “It’s about the community being more forward-thinking; being proactive as a community with the government assisting, not always leading.” That’s a great concept to remember in our own engagement work: that government – especially at the local level, where the sphere of influence is smaller – doesn’t always have to lead. Sometimes, they just need to listen.
But it’s the Fourth of July, and everything smells like grill smoke, and for the past four nights we’ve all been falling asleep listening to far-off fireworks. It’s a strange holiday this year, with so much political division and screaming headlines, but that reminds me even more strongly how important it is. There’s one group of people across the country who are, unlike you and I, working on this Tuesday, and they work for your local governments...
It highlights the need for advocates of citizen engagement to provide more nuanced and custom approaches to citizen engagement that can work for both rural and urban communities – where there are often different cultural norms, values, and lifestyles.
Local food is trendy these days – but will it last? This webinar provides an overview of the strong and steady growth in demand for locally produced foods across the U.S. and a big-picture look at the many value chains that make up local and regional food systems and how local governments can support them.