Can Equity Benefit Everyone?
“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” This saying, first used by Sir Winston Churchill in the mid-1940s as we were approaching the end of World War II, might also be applicable today as we approach the end of the COVID crisis and create a “new normal.” Could we use this crisis to create what author Heather McGhee calls a “solidarity dividend,” in which a nation with more racial equity would benefit everyone? Read more.
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Addressing Secondary Impacts of COVID
Community Resiliency and the Power of Solar
Judging by the number of opinion polls registering low levels of public trust in the news media, many Americans today probably view journalism as a self-serving craft. The authors of News for US: Citizen-Centered Journalism take a different view, tracing the roots of what they describe as “relational journalism” to the “public journalism” movement of the early 1990s when editors, reporters and broadcasters worked directly with community members to set the agenda for news gatherers and to explore new ways of reporting on policy issues. Read more.
Daily headlines contain the latest numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic. While much of the focus is on infection rates, less attention goes to secondary effects, two of which are housing insecurity and learning loss. While there’s no silver bullet to deal with these impacts on children and families, we’ve seen numerous examples of schools, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and others pivoting their services to meet the increased need. One such organization is Oakridge Neighborhood Read more.

The arid climate of El Paso, Texas is a stressor on energy systems and puts the city at risk for sustainability challenges like drought. El Paso knows these risks and continues to work towards creative solutions to support the future prosperity of their city. In 2016, El Paso Electric became the first utility in Texas and New Mexico to completely eliminate coal generation from its portfolio, and in April of 2017 achieved Gold SolSmart designation, serving as an example for energy efficiency across the state.
Engage the Community in Spending Federal $
Civic Index Case Study: Franklin, TN
Embracing Youth Leadership and Activism
With federal dollars filtering down through CARES, ARPA and a future infrastructure bill, this is an ideal opportunity for cities and counties to engage residents and other community stakeholders in helping to direct new funds in an equitable manner. Read more for engagement guidelines and community examples.
As a follow up to the city of Franklin’s designation as an All-America City in 2020, Franklin Tomorrow used the League’s Civic Index to measure the community’s civic capital. Participants were asked to complete the self-assessment after participating in in-person or virtual discussions with neighbors. Read more.
Youth across the country are becoming more civically engaged and are taking an active role in issues that will impact their futures. The League was joined by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and the Campus Election Engagement Project for a webinar featuring youth making positive change. Watch here.
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Additional Information and Upcoming Events

2021 ICMA Annual Conference
Portland, OR
October 3-6, 2021

GFOA: Third Annual MiniMuni Conference 
October 20-22, 2021

NLC City Summit
Salt Lake, UT
November 18-20, 2021

NCDD Event Calendar
The calendar lists upcoming events related to dialogue, deliberation, and civic engagement.

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles. 
The deadline for the fall issue is September 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 
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Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member Communities:

Algoma, WI
Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Danville, VA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
El Paso, TX
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Las Vegas, NV
Miami Gardens, FL
Oakridge Neighborhood, IA
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Wichita, KS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Bridge Alliance
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
CGI
Comcast
Google
Government Finance Officers Association
ICMA-RC
International City / County Management Association
Kettering Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation