COVID-19 Resources for Local Governments

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In the wake of novel virus COVID-19, local governments play a crucial role in working to reduce the spread of the virus, providing vital information on response to the community, and responding to the impacts of this virus in their community.


Indiana local government associations and Purdue Extension have come together to provide a central hub of educational resources for local governments as they work to keep their community healthy, safe, and well-informed. This page will be updated regularly with appropriate resources and webinars on COVID-19 for Indiana local governments.


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Local Government COVID-19 Roundtables

Some local Purdue Extension Community Development Educators are offering a time for regional leaders to meet through Zoom to share information, questions, and ideas with each other in terms of COVID-19 impact and response. These are open meetings. No registration required.

East Central Indiana

Fridays, 10 a.m. ET
Contact: Cheri Brown,
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Northwest Indiana – Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. CT
Contact: Mary Foell,
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North Central Indiana

Mondays, 11 a.m. ET
Contact: Tamara Ogle,
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Southeast Indiana – Neighboring counties in Ohio and Kentucky are welcomed

Tuesdays, 12 p.m. ET
Contact: John Hawley,
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Southwest Indiana

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. CT/ 2 p.m. ET
Contact: Amanda Mosiman,
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Adapting to COVID-19, National VOAD

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 5:00 p.m. ET

NVOAD will be hosting its first COVID-19 Webinar “Adapting to COVID-19: Voluntary Organization Best Practices.” The webinar will be a moderated panel consisting of five representatives from five different National Members.

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COVID-19 Response Program webinar and CDBG Public Hearing, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

Wednesday, April 1 (Completed)

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In order to provide further detail and an avenue to answer questions on the new COVID-19 Response Program, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs is hosting a webinar. This webinar will be recorded, and once concluded, will be available to view on our website.

The updated draft of the FY 2020 CDBG Method of Distribution, as well as an amendment to the FY 2019 Action Plan is now available online. Public comment is currently being accepted for both drafts via email through April 10.

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

A public hearing will be held to discuss both documents. Visit our website for instructions on how to join the public hearing. Please submit any comment or question to

If you have any questions related to each of these webinars, please email

COVID-19 Webinar Series, Accelerate Indiana Muncipalities

March-April 2020 (Completed)

AIM has made recordings to all of the COVID-19 related webinars available to anyone. These webinars are created for city and town officials, but cover topics that are often salient to all local governments. The following webinars are available:

  • Human Resources
  • Operating your Water/Wastewater Utilities during a Pandemic
  • State Board of Accounts
  • Open Door Law
  • Q & A Regarding Governor Holcomb’s Executive Orders
  • Indiana Bond Bank Resources
  • Emergency Paid Leave and Other HR Questions
  • Using Social Media and Other Strategies to Communicate with your Citizens

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Libraries and the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Indiana Library Federation

Saturday, March 14 (Completed)

Lucinda Nord gives an overview of the Emergency Planning Cycle, the role libraries play in a pandemic response and what some libraries are doing.

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COVID-19: A Community Development Response, Prosperity Indiana

Friday, March 20 (Completed)

Learn what steps Prosperity Indiana’s partners in the field are taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their organizations and the services they provide and discover how CDOs are collaborating with other organizations to respond to changing community needs.

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Update for Rural Partners, Stakeholders, and Communities on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response, CDC

Monday, March 23 (Completed)

Dr. Butler will share guidance with partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others working to protect the health of rural communities. He will describe what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak. We will also have time for questions and answers.

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Park Leaders and COVID 19, City Parks Alliance

Wednesday, March 25 (Completed)

Park professionals discuss how they are striving to be part of the solution by educating residents on how to safely utilize parks and trails to maintain physical and mental wellness during this difficult time. Speakers will also discuss how they are adapting existing programming to meet current needs and how they are adjusting their messaging in creative and strategic ways.

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Ensuring Completion and Accuracy of the 2020 Census in Your Community

Monday, March 30 (Completed)

The 2020 Census helps determine our political representation and also influences how over $675 Billion in federal funds are distributed across the nation for health care, education, roads and so much more for the next decade. The data will inform business decisions, government planning, and allows our community to better understand how it is changing. An accurate count is paramount to Shaping Our Future. Heather Maddox and Nicholas Elliott, Partnership Specialists with the US Census Bureau will share critical information about how the 2020 Census will be conducted and how you can support Census outreach to improve the accuracy of our Census count.

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Economic Outlook, Purdue Extension

Wednesday, April 1 (Completed)

Join Dr. Larry DeBoer for an update of how the COVID-19 pandemic could impact the national economy and how this could impact Indiana communities’ and local governments.

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Be First. Be Right. Be Credible. Meeting Local-level Crisis Communication Challenges of the Pandemic

Thursday, April 2 (Completed)

In this webinar, Dr. Hwanseok Song, Purdue University, will discuss the fundamental principles of crisis communication and what they mean to communicators at the local level. We will also draw on specific examples to discuss the best practices as we prepare ourselves for the arising communication challenges of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.

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County Operational Status

This spreadsheet shows the operational status of county government offices in Indiana. If you would like to update for your county please email Tamara Ogle at Additional information on county operations can be found on AIC’s website.

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Impact Planning for COVID-19, ESRI

This dashboard pulls together demographic and hospital capacity data for each county that may be useful for local leaders in planning for the epidemic.

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Moving City Council Meetings Online in Response to COVID-19, National League of Cities

Resources and examples of how communities have provided online access to public meetings.

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Prioritize Equity in COVID-19 Response, National League of Cities

Resources from the Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Council of the National League of Cities highlighting examples of local action leaders can take to ensure that equity is at the center of how communities respond to this pandemic.

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Coronavirus Local Response Initiative

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is leading classes focused on emergency preparedness, emergency response, crisis leadership, and crisis communication.

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Leadership Before, During, and After a Crisis, ICMA

Resource from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on promising practices for local government crisis leadership.

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Public Leadership Through Crisis, Harvard University

This series offers ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in the face of a crisis.

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Accelerating Indiana Municipalities COVID-19 Response

Just as many of you are, Aim is concerned with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the effect it may have on our communities. City and town government plays a role in maintaining public health, balancing the need to give citizens accurate information without creating unnecessary painc. However, we know you need to be proactive. Scenarios such as spring-breakers returning from heavily impacted areas, returning national/international convention goers, business travelers, etc., can expose your city or town to COVID-19. You are also an employer who needs to understand all obligations, risks, policies, etc., relative to human resources and COVID-19.

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AIM Quick Guide Video-Emergency Situations

This Aim Quick Guide offers information on emergency situations.

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ISBA’s COVID-19 Response

Access ISBA’s FAQs and Resource Guide and view additional contact information.

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Epidemic Preparedness for Community-Based Organizations

Community organizations, such as faith-based organizations and nonprofits, are instrumental before, during and after epidemics. This program walks organizations through a process to learn about potential epidemics, serve their members and serve their communities before, during and after an epidemic.

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Indiana Library Federation COVID-19 Response

Indiana Library Federation is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and seeks to share key resources as our members provide library services across our state. We care about our members and the people libraries serve. Librarians play critical roles in helping patrons and students discern factual information from misinformation and in providing critical services in times of crisis (internet, eBooks, electronic resources, continuity of services, safe space, trusted community partner).

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COVID-19 2020 State Government Overview Report

Statewide Associates have compiled state-level and some city-level policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic as of March 16, 2020.

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Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. For more information visit

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FOOD: A Guide for Farmers’ Markets to Navigate the COVID-19 Outbreak

Farmers’ markets play an essential role in the food distribution network, similar to traditional grocery stores. Consumers depend on farmers’ markets for fresh, local foods, and vendors depend on them as an outlet through which to sell products. This article discusses safety precautions to put in place to keep markets open while maintaining public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Free and Low-Cost Internet Plans, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

The COVID-19 health crisis has shed light on the need for home internet service, and the large number of American households in all kinds of communities who don’t have it. Some Internet Service Providers have responded with new or improved discount broadband plans, that will only be available for a short time; others continue to offer plans that were created prior to the crisis. NDIA commits to keeping this list of Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans updated daily.

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Broadband Data

The interactive table below showcases countywide internet-related information including median and average upload/download speeds, percent population with access to no providers, to 10/1 only, or DSL only. This should provide an idea of the counties that may struggle the most when conducting most of their work and school activities online most of the time. Keep in mind this is based on FCC data that tends to underestimate actual access. Nonetheless, data below should provide an idea and jumpstart critical conversations. In addition, the maps below show Indiana county quartiles using some of these same variables.

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Broadband – Speeds 10/1 Mbps

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Broadband – No Providers

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Broadband – Median Download

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Broadband – Median Upload

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