Month of Hope
April was designated as the “Month of Hope” thirty years ago by Mothers in Crisis, a Tallahassee-based group providing “prevention, intervention and inspiration.” The timing fits well for the events of today, both in terms of the subject and source; the past 12 months have been particularly difficult for working moms. Here’s hoping that April brings more vaccinations, less gun violence, more racial healing and some relief for the mothers and so many others who remain in crisis.
President, National Civic League
Congratulations to the 2021 All-America City Finalists
Georgia Tackling
Racial Equity
Community Development & Anti-Displacement Toolkit
The National Civic League is excited to announce the finalists for the 2021 All-America City Award. Finalist communities, representing 15 states, range in size from 9,000 residents to over 1.2 million. The finalists share a common bond of working to build equitable & resilient communities. Read more about the 2021 finalists and register for this year’s AAC presentations, awards and workshops.
While many cities and towns are individually addressing racial equity and inclusion, Georgia cities are taking a collective approach. The Georgia Municipal Association has created an Equity and Inclusion Commission to aid local efforts statewide. Subcommittees are covering topics like criminal justice reform, inclusive leadership, housing and workforce development.
As we prepare for a post-COVID world, many local leaders wonder – how can they invest in building strong communities without negatively impacting long-term residents and spurring displacement? This new toolkit, created by two graduate students from the University of Colorado-Denver, offers 17 strategies to infuse equity in the procurement and development process.
2021 RWJF-NCL Health Equity Award Application
Update on the Model City Charter Revision Project
Local Government COVID Relief Spending
Now accepting applications for the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-National Civic League Award for Health Equity. The award recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully implemented a systems change approach to improve health outcomes for those most impacted by health disparities. Learn more and apply by April 30, 2021.
The League’s effort to review and update the Model City Charter is moving forward according to plan. In addition to the traditional emphasis on efficiency, economy and effectiveness, the next model will reflect up-to-date ideas on issues such as equity, public engagement and the use of technology and social media. Read more.
Last month, a $1.9 trillion relief bill was signed into law that includes $350 billion in direct aid to state and local governments. A recent CivicPulse survey shows the majority of local government officials plan to use the funds to cover payroll, implement public health safety measures and purchase PPE.
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Additional Information and Upcoming Events

2021 ASPA Annual Conference
Online, April 9-15

GFOA's Virtual Conference
July 12-23

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

ELGL Diversity Dashboard
The first ever national data collection on the gender, race, age, and veteran status of local government employees.

COVID-19: Resources for Individuals and Governments

National League of Cities: COVID-19: Local Action Tracker Preview

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

Algoma, WI
Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Danville, VA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Dublin, CA
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
Government Finance Officers Association
ICMA-RC
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
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