Faced with pandemic-driven economic contraction, every city leader now faces a big question: What’s next?
The stakes couldn’t be higher. Recovery won’t be uniform — some communities will bounce back more quickly than others, and pockets of growth will exist alongside sustained economic contraction.
We think there are practical answers to the question of what’s next, and we’ve compiled them into this economic recovery playbook and its companion website at gettingbacktowork.org.
Some recommendations are broad and others are specific enough to warrant model ordinance language, which we have included. But all share a few traits:
They’re practical. Every recommendation is something a city can undertake without wholesale reorganization or months-long studies.
They’re backed by research. We’ve tapped experts from around the country for solutions based on their years-long investigations into what works.
They’re focused on short- to medium-term timeframes. Because that’s where the greatest opportunity for a powerful recovery lies.
For cities to thrive, their leaders need the tools and information to make informed, innovative decisions. The policies suggested in this guide can be a foundation, not just for getting back to normal, but for your community to flourish for years.