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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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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 your community are under extreme stress.

Five years now, certain communities will stand out as the towns and cities that emerged strongest from the pandemic. And everyone will know the names of the local leaders who responded to the crisis with courage, wisdom, and vision.

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Free Access to Plan Together Municipal Tools during COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the intensification of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing free access to Plan Together’s municipal tools during this time to enable community engagement without in-person public meetings.

Plan Together is an online map-based platform which allows citizens to collaboratively discuss and plan the future of their communities.

The Municipal Tools enable municipal planning officials to join the conversation in a leadership role. Official accounts can post specially marked items, respond to citizens' points in an official manner, and analyze user activity in the city area.

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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 dining... 

In short, what is your town doing to clear the way for local economic recovery? We may end up sharing some of these stories on the Strong Towns website (with your permission, of course).

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 tour showing the history of many of the homes. Many community members are coming up with and posting ideas to help neighbors and the few local businesses that are left in the town.