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Friends of MICD,

Last week we sent you our recent article with mayors and design and development professionals reflecting on what the coming decade would bring. Even then, I commented on how when we asked that question in January, we could hardly have predicted the public health crisis now unfolding across the world. A week later, our world is continuing to change at breakneck pace. Please know we are thinking of all the mayors, city staff, and community members on the front lines.

Below, we’ve compiled upcoming webinars and other resources that we hope will be useful to you; we are also cataloging them on our website. We'd be honored to share any additional resources that have been helpful to your cities, organizations and firms during this challenging time. Please send them our way at

We remain committed to serving your communities and look forward to resuming MICD sessions as soon as it's safe to do so. While urban life as we know it has been temporarily disrupted, we take comfort in remembering that "we still need one other, not just virtually."

Trinity Simons
Executive Director
Mayors' Institute on City Design

Resources for responding to the COVID-19 crisis

Upcoming Webinars

The below webinars will cover the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on a variety of topics we often address at MICD, from transportation to public space.

Transportation & COVID-19 - Practices from other disease outbreaks
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Monday, March 23  |  2:00pm Eastern

How can the transportation industry deal with and manage the COVID-19 outbreak? Presenters will discuss their experience with other outbreaks and what their agencies are doing to adapt and mitigate risks, as well as to enhance the resiliency of our transportation systems in the future.

COVID-19: Preparing for What Comes Next
International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
Monday, March 23  |  3:00pm Eastern

Learn the latest on the impact COVID-19 is having on everything from small businesses to essential civil functions. Attendees will gain from past experiences and learn important information they can use in the coming weeks and months to help their communities recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Preparing for the Fiscal Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak
Municipal Research and Services Center (WA)

Thursday, March 26  |  11:00am Pacific
Advice for managing the disruptions that will occur in municipal finance and operations

Planning Effectively in a Rapidly Changing World
Maryland Dept. of Planning and Smart Growth Network
Friday, March 27  |  1:00pm Eastern
Preparing effectively through major social, technological, economic, and environmental changes

The Economics of Parks: Creating and Sustaining Successful Public Realm
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Wednesday, April 1  |  2:00pm Eastern

Rebroadcasting of a recent webinar featuring MICD resource team alumni (Candace Damon, Gina Ford, and Mary Margaret Jones). In a time of “social distancing,” building high-quality, equitable, welcoming spaces is more important than ever.


Here are some of the many resources other organizations have published to help cities navigate the COVID-19 crisis, as well as a few articles we find especially useful about the plethora of issues always on the minds of mayors and design/development professionals.

COVID-19: What Mayors Need to Know
United States Conference of Mayors

Operational best practices, examples of city guidelines, and other critical updates for city leaders

COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
National Endowment for the Arts

News and resources for arts organizations, from loan guidance to navigating postponements and cancellations

Coronavirus Local Response Initiative
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Open to all U.S. mayors; receive up-to-date information on the virus and coaching on crisis leadership and communications

How Transit Agencies are Responding to the COVID-19 Public Health Threat

Roundup of how U.S. transit agencies are approaching short-term and long-term challenges

What Cities are Doing to Stall Evictions and Foreclosures

How city leaders are halting evictions, utility shut-offs, foreclosures during the crisis

In the Age of Social Distancing, Government Meetings Go Virtual
Route Fifty

A look at how nimble governments are holding public meetings online

Maintaining Business Continuity with a Remote Workforce
Architect Magazine

Tools and best practices for design firms transitioning to remote operations


Maps, datasets, and applications to help cities and organizations respond to COVID-19

2020 Census Adapting Quickly to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Eleven million U.S. households have already responded to the 2020 Census questionnaire already, and operations continue.

Design in the Age of Pandemics

A historical look at how the threat of disease has shaped the built environment

Other Interesting Finds

What the Future Looked Like Before the Coronavirus

MICD's January survey of how mayors design professionals view the coming decade, reminding us of long-terms trends and goals that will inform cities' recovery 

How to get your art and design fix from your couch
Fast Company

From virtual museum tours to podcasts, ways to engage with art and design from home

We are physically distant, but still in this together

How cities in the Bay Area and beyond will survive the coronavirus
Visit our COVID-19 resources page >>
Among many things the COVID-19 crisis has brought to the forefront, it has made clear our innate need to connect with other human beings. We're heartened to see the many unexpected ways this is carrying out in our urban spaces, from balcony concerts to a resurgence of drive-in theaters to social-distancing dance parties. Remember that we're still in this together.
The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
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