City Courier - April 2019
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Five Ways to Prepare Your City for
Next Year's Census
By NLC Staff, March 28, 2019

The Census Bureau has spent the past nine years preparing for the country's largest domestic mobilization effort: the count of every individual in America based on where they reside on and around April 1, 2020. 

Now is the time for cities to lay the groundwork for a successful census. Small steps your community takes today can go a long way in ensuring it is accurately counted next year. Here are five steps to consider in 2019:

Get Familiar with NLC's 2020 Census Resource Center and Municipal Action Guide

The National League of Cities (NLC) has spent the past year developing and curating a host of resources to answer any questions local leaders may have relating to the upcoming census. Local leaders can read and share our resources widely at  www.nlc.org/census.

Designate a Point of Contact for Census Preparedness in Your Community
Who's in charge for your local government? 

Cities, towns and villages should consider designating a point of contact for local census preparedness operations. Different communities will have different levels of need or resources for census preparedness but tasking one lead person can help ensure communication with your city is clear and efficient. For larger cities, this may mean a new dedicated staffer; for smaller communities, this may mean designating an existing employee in your Office of Community Engagement or Planning Office. Once designated, make sure your census contact is plugged into NLC's Local Census Preparedness Network by  completing our survey.

Work in Tandem with Census Bureau Staff and Regional Offices

The Bureau already operates  six regional offices; it will be opening more than 200 field offices, and will continue to hire partnership specialists to work with municipal partners to ensure coordination across levels of government. Local governments serve as a critical partner in helping the Bureau know where to count residents-make sure to respond to Bureau inquiries and share data you may have to identify hard-to-count neighborhoods in your community. Also be sure to notify the Bureau if your community forms a complete count committee.

Find the Trusted Voices in Your Community and Get them Onboard

Local government remains the most trusted level of the government in survey after survey. Still, a growing climate of fear and declining trust in civic institutions has left some populations distrustful of all levels of government. Residents need to hear from community voices they trust: educators, small business owners, medical professionals, religious leaders, community activists and local media. Local leaders are uniquely positioned to convene these voices and make sure they understand what an accurate count means to your community.

Form a Complete Count Committee

As mentioned, to ensure a complete and accurate count, you need to engage your community and develop trusted voices to provide information and motivation to residents of your city. One proven tool is the Complete Count Committee (CCC), a volunteer organizing body created at the local level to increase awareness of and participation in the census. In the 2010 cycle, more than 10,000 CCCs were formed around the country.

 
Rural Roundup holds annual tourism 
event in Fallon
Nevada Rural Roundup staff report.

The Nevada Tourism Department hosts the annual Rural Roundup conference this week in Fallon. The conference kicked off yesterday, April 10th with four activities spread across the community.

Tourism, marketing professionals, and local officials from communities throughout the state attended and were able to participate in their choice of trap shooting at the Fallon Trap Club, a "Make and Take" crafting activity at the City/County Gym, OHV Guided Tours at Sand Mountain, or drag racing at the Top Gun Dragstrip.

Attendees at the Rural Roundup were able to try their hand at the Top Gun Dragstrip

Tourism officials from across Nevada kicked-off the Rural Roundup with an OHV tour at Sand Mountain

The Rural Roundup got off with a bang at the Trap Club

A Rural Roundup welcome event at the City/County gym with Backroads Country Market
 
A welcome reception was held at the Oats Park Art Center, with locally grown delicacies prepared by professional, local chef, Kelli Kelly.

Presentations and workshops will be held all day Thursday at the Fallon Convention Center and breakout sessions at the WNC campus. Attendees will learn about destination marketing from Andrew Grossmann who runs the destination marketing division at the state of Oregon, receive an update on international marketing, and learn about the various Nevada grants and programs.

Fallon's own Valerie Serpa, Director of Churchill Arts Council, will present during the "How We Did It" workshop, sitting on a panel with tourism professionals from Tonopah and Virginia City.

Friday presentations will be dedicated to the Main Street America program. The Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development manages this program for Nevada which is fairly new to the state, but growing with support from the well-established national Main Street organization.

Local sponsors of the conference are the City of Fallon, along with Frey Ranch Estate Distillery.

Kelly Clark with USDA and Brian Krolicki, retired Lt. Governor attended the welcome reception at the Oats Park Art Center
 

Local Leaders Will be Our Climate Change Heroes
By NLC Staff, April 28, 2019

As another Earth Day approaches, I feel the need to make a confession related to something I heard at a climate conference two years ago. The speaker (who will remain anonymous), exclaimed to the jam-packed and dumbfounded room, "Folks, somehow, I am able to hold two totally contradictory ideas in my head at once: ONE - that we are probably doomed, and TWO - I am filled with hope."

Those words stuck to my brain like gooey oatmeal and have remained undigested ever since. Didn't F. Scott Fitzgerald say something about highly intelligent people holding two opposing thoughts in their heads and being fine with it?

Well, I struggle with it, and when I ask climate colleagues if they feel the same way, apparently I'm not alone - they are incredibly energized to fight for future generations on some days, and on other days, resigned to consuming absurd amounts of coffee and memes just to get by.

Climate-conscious parents with young children feel the absurdity of this two-sided coin every day as they book piano lessons and wonder what kind of planet their children will inhabit when they graduate high school. The world's leading climate scientists have warned us loudly and clearly that  there are just 12 years left to act on climate change before we unleash dangerous and irreversible impacts.
By the time this baby is 60 years old (in 2080), New York and Philadelphia could feel like today's Arkansas; Atlanta could feel like Mobile, Alabama; and Wasilla, Alaska, could feel like Marinette, Wisconsin. https://fitzlab.shinyapps.io/cityapp/
In the Uninhabitable Earth,  David Wallace-Wells' most recent terrifying and scientifically accurate book, he describes how two unprecedented things have occurred in the past 30 years:
  1. We have inflicted more damage to our earth and its atmosphere than any other generation since humans crawled out of caves; and
  2. For the first time ever, we have brought global attention to humanity's dirty deeds and are now fully cognizant of the consequences.
Today, we are reckoning with the impacts of our own planetary meddling and our inability to stop ourselves from carrying out our own self-destruction; and also witnessing massive efforts to  decarbonize, promote circular economy systems (popular in Europe) and encourage an overall downsizing of our carbon-heavy lifestyles.

As we celebrate Earth Day 2019, city leaders must hold two other opposing truths in their hearts and minds: Urban centers lie at the heart of both the solutions and the problems, and are highly vulnerable to climate-related impacts. As the hubs of economic growth and innovation, cities - and better yet, metropolitan regions - can use economies of scale to deliver affordable, low-carbon programs to residents and businesses, and lock in these changes for decades to come.

Likewise, cities whose mid-century planners designed sprawling landscapes are now struggling to mitigate the inefficiencies and high-carbon lifestyles their systems have promoted for decades.  On the exposure side, metropolitan regions, as a confluence of infrastructural, ecological and social systems, are also the most vulnerable to climate-related impacts such as  extreme heatsea level rise and  flooding. And each community must decide  which climate adaptation strategies will work best for them.

For some, this may mean deploying more drastic measures such as  managed retreat or  elevating roadways, and for others it may include  increasing tree canopy or  partnering with local universities to generate creative solutions.
Here's our ask: The time to take bold, decisive action is now. No city is too small, and in fact, many of the cities NLC has supported and continues to work with through the  Leadership in Community Resilience program have less than 50,000 residents.

Previous attempts to shrug-off emissions reduction and climate preparedness are no longer acceptable. Youth movements such as  Zero Hour and  Sunrise Movement are popping up like morning mushrooms, imploring us to put our politics aside and collaborate on this existential issue. Residents want renewable energy in their cities, along with more parks, clean water, and improved access to sustainable foods.

And while local leaders may not hold all the cards or have unlimited funds, our cities can be bastions of climate action, like little islands of positive energy (renewable, of course) standing together, each doing what it can.
Let this last line now stick with you like gooey oatmeal: We are the first generation to truly comprehend the  extent of our damage, and we are also probably the last to be able to act on it.

Got questions about what you can, want or should be doing? Contact the author at marandi@nlc.org. We know people who know people, and we have plenty of case studies to get you started.