Our cities and towns are supposed to be places of stability and prosperity. They’re hubs of human activity—from food production to healthcare and commerce, education, play, support, justice, and so much more. But the way our places have grown in recent decades has made them economically fragile (and too often culturally fragile as well).
With the COVID-19 crisis, we’re experiencing what happens when that fragility is tested.
Local leaders are on the front lines, facing head-on the challenges of our time. They do it without the support they need, on budgets stretched beyond the breaking point. They are forced to innovate with systems naturally resistant to change. And to be successful, they must lead despite the anxiety and distrust that permeates modern discourse.
It is local leaders—not those in distant capitol buildings—who will guide their places into the future. The Strong Towns movement stands with them.
The Local Leader’s Toolkit: A Strong Towns Response to the Pandemic details the next steps local leaders must take to stabilize their communities and put them on a path to recovery. Inside, you will find:
- Essential shifts in thinking needed to build a Strong Town.
- Specific actions local leaders should take to stabilize their community and set it up for prosperity.
- Guidance on major decisions local leaders should anticipate making in the coming weeks and months.
- Resources for connecting to the Strong Towns movement.
We are not heading for a restoration of an old and fragile way of life. What we are experiencing instead is a transformation. The Local Leader’s Toolkit is a free guide to help your community achieve the stability and prosperity you deserve.