Enhancing Equity to Improve Resilience
The year 2020 built the case for resilience. With any luck, and more importantly, insight, one lesson from the layered crises of 2020 will be that communities need to enhance their resilience to epidemics, other natural disasters, and their associated economic and social fallout. And a key ingredient for resilience is racial equity, particularly when it is based on inclusive civic engagement. Read more.
President, National Civic League
The Death and Rebirth of Civic Journalism  
Improving Understanding of Homelessness
Enhancing Equity of
Age-friendly Initiatives
Some elements of the news media have been playing an increasingly exploitative role in deepening the country's bitter political divides to broaden their audiences. But other news outlets and start-ups have been looking for a different kind of journalism that seeks to circumvent the divisions plaguing our political institutions and find common ground. Read more.
In the face of rising angst about the increase in homeless encampments over the past few years, one group is seeking to educate the public about the roots of homelessness and mobilize supporters. In January the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless opened its 2021 Virtual Education Series.
As the pandemic has continued, the population group most impacted has been older adults, specifically Black, Indigenous, and Latinx older adults. This disproportionate impact highlights the need to design tailored public health resources & outreach; reinforcing how essential an equity lens is when conducting engagement. Read more.
2021 ASPA Annual Conference
Now Accepting 2021 AAC Hall of Fame Applications
Acts of Kindness:
Join the Pledge
The American Society for Public Administration invites you to attend its 2021 Annual Conference online April 9-15. Recent months have provided serious crises to solve and tested our abilities to do so. Conference sessions, including one by the League, will delve into the most pressing topics affecting the public administration profession and provide space for new solutions. Read more.
To celebrate the ongoing work of past All-America Cities, the National Civic League sponsors a Hall of Fame Award to recognize an outstanding civic engagement initiative in communities since winning the All-America City Award. To apply, email the completed application to aac@ncl.org by Thursday, March 11, 2021.
Southwest Airlines is engaging its customers, employees, and partners to complete a collective one million Acts of Kindness throughout its 50th Anniversary year. Now through the end of the year, individuals can participate in the challenge by signing the Kindness Pledge and committing to doing Acts of Kindness for others. Learn more and sign the pledge.

Enjoying the Newsletter?
Send your feedback and ideas to ncl@ncl.org
Additional Information and Upcoming Events

Alliance for Innovation's Govapalooza
March 1-5,2021

NLC Congressional City Conference
Held virtually March 7-10, 2021

NCDD Event Calendar
The calendar lists upcoming events related to dialogue, deliberation, and civic engagement.

ELGL Diversity Dashboard
The first ever national data collection on the gender, race, age, and veteran status of local government employees.

COVID-19: Resources for Individuals and Governments

National League of Cities: COVID-19: Local Action Tracker Preview

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles. 
The deadline for the spring issue is March 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 
What We're Reading
Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member Communities:

Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Danville, VA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Las Vegas, NV
Miami Gardens, FL
Oakridge Neighborhood, IA
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Wichita, KS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Bridge Alliance
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Government Finance Officers Association
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
Kettering Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation