CANR RESPONSE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

Local Government Resources for Novel Coronavirus Response

Local governments play a crucial role in responding to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, providing essential information to residents, and ensuring the health and safety of their resources. Local governments also face the challenge of figuring out how to continue to function during this time.

MSU Extension's Local Government Resources for Novel Coronavirus Response page will be updated regularly with resources and webinars to help Michigan local governments navigate this outbreak.

We are also asking for feedback from you and your community to help us understand how MSU Extension can provide support and educational resources now and in the future.

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Novel Coronavirus Updates from Reliable Sources:

Michigan-Specific Resources

New This Week

Here's a list of resources that have been added to this page this week (4/5/20). These resources can also be found in their relevant section below.

COVID19 Impacts on Travel & Tourism and Strategies for Small Town Tourism - This webinar, crafted by Michigan State University Extension Tourism, will share recent national tourism reports and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and present a variety of strategies available to small towns and local businesses. During this webinar participants will also have the opportunity to share their own strategies and potential opportunities with one another This webinar will be delivered in an American context with emphasis on recovering small town tourism economies. Participants can expect to learn not only from other Michigan small tourism towns, but from communities across the country as well. The program will run April 23rd from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

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Virtual Public Meetings

About:

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-15 temporarily allows public bodies to conduct meetings electronically as long as certain conditions are met that enable both the public and members of the public body to participate. The resources below are meant to help local governments working to provide opportunities for online meetings.

Executive Order 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.

Examples:

See how Traverse City is conducting remote meetings and facilitating public comment: http://www.traversecitymi.gov/news.asp?aid=758

Learn how Kenmore, Washington is conducting fiscal sustainability task force meetings using video conferencing and facilitating public engagement: https://icma.org/blog-posts/public-meetings-time-covid-19

Moving City Council Meetings Online in Response to COVID-19 - Resources and examples from the National League of Cities.

Webinars:

Recorded Webinars:

Emergency Changes to the Open Meetings Act - MSU Extension and Networks Northwest - MSU Extension Government and Public Policy Educator Mary Reilly partners with attorney Richard Wilson (Mika, Meyers), and Kathy Egan (Networks Northwest) to describe changes to Open Meetings Act meeting procedures in Michigan as a result of the novel Coronavirus and Executive Order 2020-15 and recently adopted Executive Order 2020-21.  This presentation includes options and best practices for remote meetings, meeting prohibitions, and additional resources. Note: This information is valid through 4-13-20 or until Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders are modified, expire, or are replaced with a new order.

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Crisis Leadership

Coronavirus Local Response Initiative – The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is leading classes focused on emergency preparedness, emergency response, crisis leadership, and crisis communication.

Leadership Before, During, and After a Crisis – Resource from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on promising practices for local government crisis leadership.

Public Leadership Through Crisis – This series offers ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in the face of a crisis.

Protecting All Residents

Prioritize Equity in COVID-19 Response - Resources from the Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Council of the National League of Cities highlighting examples of local action leaders can take to ensure that equity is at the center of how communities respond to this pandemic.

Retooling Criminal Justice Responses for Equity and Continued Public Safety - Examples from the National League of Cities for what can be done to reduce risks associated with novel coronavirus for first responders and others in high risk groups.

Food Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Things municipal leaders can do to support access to food and nutrition.

Social Equity Considerations: An Imperative in a Time of Pandemic - Key considerations for state and local government response to the novel coronavirus pandemic that are focused on making decisions through an equity lens.

Supporting Local Businesses

COVID19 Impacts on Travel & Tourism and Strategies for Small Town Tourism - This webinar, crafted by Michigan State University Extension Tourism, will share recent national tourism reports and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and present a variety of strategies available to small towns and local businesses. During this webinar participants will also have the opportunity to share their own strategies and potential opportunities with one another This webinar will be delivered in an American context with emphasis on recovering small town tourism economies. Participants can expect to learn not only from other Michigan small tourism towns, but from communities across the country as well. The program will run April 23rd from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Michigan Small Business Relief Program Grants - Provide grants up to $10,000 to support small businesses who have experienced significant financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

Michigan Small Business Relief Program Loans - Loans are available for eligible borrowers of $50,000 or more and capped at $200,000.

U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan - Low-interest, fixed-rate loans for up to $2 million in assistance for small businesses.

Small Business Development Center - Additional resources and support.

State of Michigan Information for Employees and Employers

Small Business Association of Michigan - Daily briefings via Zoom.

Budget and Finance

National Association of Counties Analysis of the Third COVID-19 Supplemental: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - Summary and analysis of the $2 trillion emergency legislation known as the CARES Act, including a summary of key provisions and funding for county governments to assist county efforts with the coronavirus.

National League of Cities Summary of CARES Act, Third COVID-19 Response Package - CARES Act summary from the National League of Cities with particular focus on support for cities.

Fiscal Issues to Consider During the Coronavirus Outbreak - From the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), issues local governments may want to consider during this pandemic from a fiscal perspective, including business continuity, revenue implications, and local economic impacts.

What three action items can local government fiscal officers take today to protect their public agencies from Coronavirus? - Three actions local governments can take to be prepared and take action during the COVID-19 crisis.

Other Resources

Rural Development COVID-19 Response - USDA Rural Development has taken actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities.

Immediate Opportunities for USDA Rural Development Customers Impacted by COVID-19 - Opportunities for immediate relief offered by USDA Rural Development. Posted March 25, 2020.

How Government Agencies Are Sharing Coronavirus Updates and Information With Citizens and Employees - Tips and examples of how local governments in Michigan and across the country are sharing information and updates related to novel coronavirus.