The network from UrbanLeap is a place for city officials to share best practices and insights. It also tracks upcoming webinars and hosts resources.
The free UrbanLeague platform has been launched by UrbanLeap to help US city officials learn from each other on tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
As of Friday, 35 officials, representing 32 cities and three counties from 15 states, had joined UrbanLeague, including CIOs from cities including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Las Vegas, as well as smaller communities like Kalamazoo and South Bend.
35 officials, representing 32 cities and three counties from 15 states, have joined UrbanLeague to date.
Popular topics so far have included facilitating remote work and education to addressing cybersecurity challenges, while ensuring digital inclusion and equity.
The network aims to serve as a place for officials to share best practices and insights. It also tracks upcoming webinars and hosts resources, including how-tos on preparing public transportation for COVID-19, working remotely, preventing the virus from spreading through homeless shelters, and handling economic assistance for small businesses.
Users can upload their own resources and community events and are encouraged to provide information they think will help others.
The platform, which is free to any city officials, is moderated to keep discussions on point and directs city officials to useful resources. Users are vetted before joining "to ensure that the right people have access to the right information".
"We’ve built UrbanLeague in record time to enable those at the local level to act faster and be more informed."
“This process creates a safe place for public servants to ask questions,” a statement from UrbanLeap said. The company offers software that helps governments run pilot projects to test new technologies.
“In a pandemic, it falls on the cities and states to be the front line,” said UrbanLeap’s CEO, Arik Bronshtein. “We’ve built UrbanLeague in record time to enable those at the local level to act faster and be more informed.”
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