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Coronavirus: How Community Heroes Have Responded
Coronavirus: How Community Heroes Have Responded

In response to the coronavirus, billions of people across the globe have shifted how they interact with their communities. Public squares sit empty. Restaurants have closed their dining halls. And students continue their studies at home. These essential shifts encouraged by municipalities and the media alike have stymied the spread of the virus—the ultimate goal, undoubtedly. 

But zoom in on these communities and you'll discover another contributor to the story: citizens from all walks of life—from citizens to leaders, professionals to neighbors, and everyone in between—taking action to serve their peers in need. Think the resident delivering a meal to their home-ridden neighbor; or the local government ensuring its homegrown businesses stay afloat. 

That's why, through stories, podcasts, and resources from members of the Strong Towns Community, we'd like to use this page to celebrate those citizens. As you humbly observe where your neighbors struggle in the coming weeks, we hope these citizens will inspire you to consider the responsible, neighborhood-level action, to serve your peers, as well. 

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Do you have a story to share about how your community is removing barriers to economic recovery?

I'm curious whether anyone has stories from their communities about local leaders or neighbors taking steps to lower the bar of entry for small businesses, open up opportunities for small scale developers, adjusting zoning regulations to enable outdoor sales and... (More)

Small town reaches out on Facebook

I live in a small town that really relies on its Facebook page to share Information. Through the page, two scavenger hunts have been started with gift cards to local places as the prizes, as well as a historical walking... (More)

How are your local leaders addressing risk and reopening?

Has anyone read this piece yet from the Atlantic, "The ‘Just Stay Home’ Message Will Backfire"?

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The Local Leader's Toolkit: A Strong Towns Response to the Pandemic Webinar

Local leaders are on the front lines of our nation’s response to the health and economic crises created by COVID-19. You’re being forced to adapt to new realities in an environment where the individuals, families, businesses, and civic organizations in... (More)