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Home for the Holidays: How Local Governments are Festively Supporting Their Economies
Yelp’s recently released Economic Impact Report found that between March and August of this year, an estimated 163,735 U.S. businesses closed their doors, with 60% shutting down permanently. Unsurprisingly, the most impacted businesses were those
Weathering the Storm: How Local Govs Can Balance COVID-19 and Severe Weather with Crisis Management Software
“Disasters don’t stop for a virus,” said former FEMA administrator, Craig Fugate. The Atlantic hurricane season that started on June 1, was predicted to be one of the most active hurricane seasons on record. With the
How Local Governments are Bringing Halloween Back from the Dead this Year
Halloween 2020 will be remembered as one unlike any before. Frankenstein masks are being replaced with surgical masks, haunted houses will go unvisited, and door-to-door trick-or-treating may not happen at all. Local governments across the
How Local Governments are Addressing Residents’ Concerns in the 2020 Election
A Pew Research Study conducted in August found that nearly half of American voters are approaching this year’s presidential election with uncertainty due to the combination of the pandemic and a fear of cyber attacks.
UNITEd We Stood: How to Get the Most from a Local Government Digital Conference
Co-Author: Assaf Frances 7 Takeaways from this year’s Biggest City/County Manager Conference – ICMA UNITE COVID-19 has determined a new normal, and conferences certainly haven’t been exempt. For many city/county managers and urban geeks (like
COVID-19 Crisis Management: 3 Lessons County Officials Have Learned on the Front Lines
With over 3,000 counties throughout the US, county officials are at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to help local county leaders navigate these uncharted territories, Zencity held an open discussion with
Election 2020 and Counties: A Guide to Overcoming Communication Challenges
Counties’ role in facilitating the electoral process is more critical than ever before due to COVID-19. Overcome communication challenges this upcoming election by reading our guide for local government leaders.
Back to School? Residents’ Top 4 Concerns About Reopening Schools During COVID-19
Residents are engaging with their local governments more than ever before particularly on the topic of reopening schools during a pandemic. See what their top concerns are.
Announcing New Funding to Help Local Government Leaders Make Data-Driven Decisions
In a personal note, following the announcement of raising 13.5M in new funding, Eyal Feder-Levy, CEO and Co-Founder of Zencity, shares why it is especially exciting right now and how this funding will be used to continue working tirelessly for local governments.
It’s All About the Money? How Local Governments are Listening to their Residents to Solidify their FY21 Budget
As budget shortfalls impact the nation, US citizens are voicing their opinions online. Learn why transparent local government communication is vital in your FY21 planning.
Positive Rollback – 3 Quick Lessons from California to Promote your Local Businesses and Increase Resident Support
Following Governor Newsom’s mandate to shut down indoor business activity, cities that authorized and encouraged outdoor business activity generated 2X positive sentiment amongst residents. The recent announcement by California Governor Gavin Newsom about the rollback
The Big Mask-erade: What do Americans Really Think About Face Masks and How Are Local Governments Getting Them to Cooperate?
Masks are here to stay. Therefore, understanding what your residents have to say about them is critical. Zencity analyzed over 9.7M online interactions to understand what Americans are saying about face masks and collected best practices for local government communications surrounding masks.
BBQ, Fireworks, and Masks: Understanding Residents Coronavirus Concerns this 4th of July
Co-Author: Assaf Frances Public events and gatherings were (and are continuing to be) postponed, altered or cancelled altogether in response to Coronavirus sweeping the nation; but what are local governments planning for the upcoming federal
Is the Count Half-Full or Half-Empty? How to Adapt Your Census Messaging During Coronavirus
For census content to cut through the online noise, it needs to be relevant, digestible, engaging, and even a bit humorous. Zencity gathered a few tips, resources, and ideas for how to increase awareness to your census content and increase response rate during this time.
Monitor and manage reopening discourse data in your city with our Coronavirus Project Dashboards
Zencity is helping local government leaders unlock the critical insights found in residents’ online discourse about COVID-19, so they can understand developing trends, tackle misinformation, and use the data to create actionable insights.
Green space, safe space? How cities are managing park usage in this new normal
While our economy was mostly shut down for the past couple of months, many of our parks and green spaces remained open to allow people to maintain some sort or normalcy as well as their physical and mental health. In the months to come, it is evident that the “new normal” will take its toll on how we spend our time outdoors and enjoy our green spaces.
Coronavirus Economic Impact: How COVID-19 Has Notably Affected College Town Economies
Co-Author: Michaela Sokol COVID-19 has impacted cities, both big and small, across the U.S. Subsequently, the varying ways in which it has affected these cities also differs greatly. College towns are communities that are dominated
State of Confusion: Talks of Reopening the Economy Raise Questions and Objections in Georgia and Texas
Co-Author: Michaela Sokol The majority of the American population is currently under a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order due to COVID-19. However, as a result of the economic impact from coronavirus, some states are beginning to
COVID-19 and Homelessness: California Residents are Actively Championing Aid and Support
Co-Author: Carmel Blanca While the Coronavirus outbreak has been significantly impacting all segments of the population, Californians are not only concerned for their own well-being, but are also actively expressing interest in the safety and
COVID-19 Volunteering and Donation Initiatives are on the Rise in U.S. Cities
Coronavirus has placed a significant strain on communities throughout the world. Since the beginning of March, residents across the United States have been dealing with the physical threat, and subsequent economic instability, of the novel
How Cities and Counties are Working to Help At-Risk Communities During COVID-19
At-risk communities are not only those who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, often due to limited access to healthcare, mobility and reduced hygiene, but these people are also most vulnerable to the economic
5 ways cities, small businesses, and residents can help keep the local economy afloat during COVID-19
In order to keep businesses afloat, local government authorities, alongside residents and businesses themselves, are stepping up to fill the “time is money and money is time gap” in both traditional and innovative ways.
4 Best Practices for CIOs and Local Gov Leaders Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
With activitations of state of emergencies throughout the U.S. and self-isolation periods lasting beyond a month, the very fabric of society has been impacted . Many local government CIOs had contingency plans in place pre-corona,
Stay Apart and Keep Strong: 5 Key Approaches Local Governments Have Taken to Adapt Services and Events During COVID-19
Stronger together, weaker apart; or so the saying goes. In the wake of the Coronavirus era social distancing has become the new norm and we all need to find a way to stay apart while
[Updated Data] Coronavirus in US Cities: Residents turn their focus to honoring public safety officials and panic buying
COVID-19 has made it harder for local governments to physically hear from their communities, especially at a time when they need their feedback the most. City halls are closed, many local government teams are working
[Updated Data] Coronavirus in US cities: Residents’ key concerns turn to actions around community solidarity
As the coronavirus new normal sets in and confines people largely to their homes, residents are continuing to utilize a range of social media platforms to voice their concerns/interests related to the outbreak. The public
[Updated Data] Coronavirus in US cities: Residents’ key concerns this week are crime, scams and community resilience
As another week goes by, it seems like the world is starting to set into a new normal, a coronavirus normal. The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns, self-isolation, and school closures have meant that communities
[Updated Data] Coronavirus in U.S. Cities: Residents’ key concerns in numbers
The coronavirus outbreak is completely changing day to day realities across the world, and fast. As more cities announce positive cases, create new policies, and implement different measures, the concerns of their communities change as
Coronavirus Data from US Cities: Residents’ key concerns in numbers
As the coronavirus starts to spread across the US, so too has online discourse about the new pandemic, including questions, concerns and misinformation. Subsequently, local government agencies across the country find themselves on the frontlines
How are Zencities Getting Ready for Census 2020?
Census 2020 is right around the corner and local authorities are gearing up for the biggest count of the decade! To help your city evaluate and refine its approach to the 2020 Census, Zencity’s Urban
How Cities Can Rise Above The ‘Same Ten People’ Challenge To Improve Citizen Engagement
One of the most strategic relationships in local government is that between a City or County Manager and their council. Oftentimes, these stakeholders are faced with a common occurrence, called the STP. This STP is
[PR] Zencity Raises $13.5 Million in Funding to Help Local Government Leaders Make Data-Driven Decisions
Funding round was led by TLV Partners and joined by Salesforce Ventures in addition to existing investors Canaan Partners Israel, Vertex Ventures, M12 – Microsoft’s Venture Fund, and i3 Equity Partners Zencity, the leading provider