We are strong believers that better and more data and information lead to better decision-making in local government. Our recently published survey – Local Government’s Next Normal – is a great example of how we’re seeking to increase information & ultimately improve decision-making in local government.
In July 2020, nearly 400 local government officials and staff from across the country took the Local Government’s Next Normal Survey, which we completed in partnership with ELGL, SeeClickFix and Route Fifty.
Here are some of our top take-aways:
Top priorities for local governments in the next 12 months include community engagement (45%), public health (44%), small business support (39%). Priorities that have decreased due to the pandemic include climate change, traffic & congestion, and homelessness.
61% identified capital projects budgets were most likely to be significantly impacted by revenue shortfalls.
70% of respondents in larger communities say that planned retirements are being put on hold. 91% of respondents indicated the pandemic has neutrally or negatively impacted employee morale.
60% of respondents in smaller communities indicate that “new leaders” have been uncovered during the pandemic. 76% said their cities will adopt more software to streamline public services moving forward.
Above all, our top takeaways for local government officials & staff is this: you are not alone. The striking similarities in the survey responses – across job titles, geographic locations and population sizes served – prove that. It is only together that we will build back better from COVID-19.