Local Government Lab 2021

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A one-day virtual conference featuring researchers and policymakers examining innovation and best practices in local governance.

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Panel 1 | On-the-Ground: Local Government and the Pandemic

  • The Local Response to COVID-19
  • The Pandemic and New York City Finances: Emerging Challenges and Short-Term Responses

Panel 2 | Urban Sustainability and Environmentalism

  • Philadelphia Needs a Green New Deal for Transportation
  • The Open Source Sidewalk: Collaborating with Local Governments to Catalyze Low-Embodied Carbon Concrete Adoption
  • Moving Toward Action: Closing Loops City Projects Initiative (CLCP Initiative)

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel 3 | Local Government Planning and Finances

  • Should Local Governments in New York State Use Strategic Planning?
  • Budgetary Impacts of Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB) on Local Governments
  • Does New York City Assess Commercial Properties Equitably?

Panel 4 | Environmental and Ecological Policy Challenges for the States

  • The Causal Effects of Hurricanes on Local Government Finance: Evidence from Florida Counties: Exploring the Current Assessment Method and an Alternative
  • Evaluation of the New York State Pollinator Plan Using Three Evidence-Based Policymaking Frameworks
  • Transforming the Regional Foodshed: Current and Ongoing Research into Food System Governance and Socioecological Systems Challenges, During and After COVID-19

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Intersession for Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Panel 5 | Serving Vulnerable Communities in Times of Crisis and Need

  • Maxwell Lab: SNAP and Families in Need
  • What Drives Staffing Levels for Substance-Use Disorder Services in New York State?
  • Opioid Treatment Deserts in New York City
  • Applying the Multiple Streams Framework to the Urban Policy Process

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel 6 | Education Leadership, Advocacy, and Change

  • COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Study Analyzing Healthcare Students’ Perceptions of Life During the Pandemic
  • The Role of Local Government in Federal-State Partnerships for Higher Education
  • What We Can Learn About School Leadership and Special Education Representation from the New York City Teacher Survey
  • Statewide Advocacy for Legislative Change for a Profession
  • Hidden Transcripts: How Local Officials Perceive State School Consolidation and Municipal Restructuring Efforts

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Organizer Rockefeller Institute

Organizer of Local Government Lab 2021

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government is a public policy think tank founded in 1981 that conducts cutting-edge research and analysis to inform lasting solutions to the problems facing New York State and the nation.

The Institute’s mission is to improve the capacities of communities, state and local governments, and the federal system to work toward genuine, evidence-based solutions.

Through rigorous, objective, and accessible analysis and outreach, we give citizens and governments reliable facts and tools to understand public problems and inform public decisions.

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