2020 City COVID Survey: Local Government’s Next Normal » Shifting Priorities for Local Governments

Shifting Priorities for Local Governments

Rapid evolution of priorities reflect an immediate response by local government to address COVID-19 and social justice concerns. Across the board, respondents signaled that local government work and public service delivery have been permanently changed.

Rapid shifts in local government priorities due to COVID.
Survey respondents report rapid shifts in priorities due to COVID.

Things that seem to be highest priority for local governments right now and into the future? Community and crisis communications, policing and systemic racism, public health, small business support, and enabling work from home.

Higher priorities by local government
Local government officials and staff identified that a number of items have become higher priority as a result of COVID.

Things that are likely to see less focus by local governments because of the pandemic? Climate change, facilities maintenance, traffic and congestion, and homelessness.

Lower priorities by local government
Local government officials and staff identified that a number of items have become lower priority as a result of COVID.
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