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NARC Analysis: CARES Act

Congress has passed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) providing the country with $2.3 trillion of aid to counter the physical and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read NARC’s summary of the legislation, including a table of top-level figures, and overviews of the legislation’s primary areas of support, including support for state and local government, transportation, individuals, and businesses.

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NARC Webinar: The Regional Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic Part III: A Regional Conversation

As part of our continuing effort to help keep you informed about COVID-19, NARC will host a webinar on regional responses to COVID-9, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. eastern/2:00 p.m. central/1:00 p.m. mountain/12 p.m. pacific. Topics that will be covered include “continuity of operations,” regional council support of their member cities and counties, and public outreach. This will also be an opportunity for you and your colleagues to share information, concerns, and solutions.

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NARC Webinar: Differential Privacy for the 2020 Census

The National Association of Regional Councils invites you to join us for a webinar with Tim Reardon, Data Services Director at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston, MA. He will discuss differential privacy, how it could be implemented, and the impacts that are likely to occur. He’ll also share his analysis of the impact of differential privacy on the data available in the Boston region and a set of performance metrics that differential privacy must meet to ensure the preservation of the integrity of the data that communities across the nation rely upon.

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Friendly Regional Competition: SEMCOG and MORPC Compete on Census Response Levels

The countdown for the 2020 Census is now reaching single digits as households begin receiving census packets in less than a week. With the clock ticking down, regional councils are making their final outreach pushes to ensure that as many residents as possible in their regions are counted. Two regional councils, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) have entered a friendly competition to see which region can receive the highest percentage of Census responses.

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House Democrats Release “Moving Forward Framework”

House Democrats today released a framework for infrastructure investments (“Moving Forward Framework”) that includes transportation reauthorization, broadband, aviation, wastewater, and drinking water. The total investment contained in the package is $760 billion over five years (see the chart at the bottom for a breakdown of how these funds are distributed by program).

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What Regions Can Do to Protect Themselves from Cyber-Attacks

Making sure your employees are aware of the red flags associated phishing emails or fake websites can go a long way in keeping your data secure. Whether you are an intern, executive director, elected official serving on a board of directors, or anywhere in between, people on all levels of a regional council are responsible for the safety and security of critical data. As the digitalization of services and local management of sensitive material increases, cybersecurity efforts will only become more important.

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It’s NARC Membership Week: Thanks for being a NARC member

During the week of September 23rd, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) will be celebrating our first Membership Week! This week is all about you, because without your support and leadership, NARC would not be able to bring regional councils across the country together and advocate for regional solutions.

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Back to School: Preparing the Next Generation of Regional Leaders

With new backpacks and school supplies in tow, students across the country are heading back to school. But they probably are not thinking about the regional planning that went into creating the transportation system that brought them to school. Some regional councils are trying to teach the next generation that even being as young as they are, they can significantly impact their communities.

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