Cooperation and Collaboration: Takeaways From the 90th Annual United States Conference of Mayors

Collaboration is the cornerstone of FUSE, and we are always looking for exciting ways to connect with government partners both new and existing. For FUSE, USCM offers an opportunity to expand existing partnerships, build new relationships, and learn about the most pressing current issues facing cities and counties. All of this enables us to tailor our projects to better fit the needs of each community we serve. Continued

Two Texas Counties Expand Public Health by Leveraging Community Engagement

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose the strengths and weaknesses in public health infrastructure across the nation. In Texas, reaching diverse communities spread out over a massive geographic area proved less complicated than overcoming the mistrust of government present in many at-risk populations. Continued

Historic Problems, New Solutions

The old adage “health is wealth” speaks to a pervasive human truth, particularly in New Orleans, where a hurricane season within a pandemic exposed a stark reality: the gap between Black and White health and wealth is widening. This isn’t news to a city where the link between the two is well documented, and where a complex history has blurred racial lines beyond simple definition. Continued

FUSE Partners with John Legend to Launch HUMANLEVEL

FUSE Corps is thrilled to be working in partnership with John Legend to launch HUMANLEVEL, a new initiative to uplift communities disproportionately impacted by institutionalized racism. Continued

FUSE Best Practices for Advancing Racial Equity: Three Ways Marketing Strategy Can Help Deliver Equitable Services

The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services used private-sector micro-marketing segmentation practices to more effectively use data to target communities in need. Continued

FUSE Best Practices for Advancing Racial Equity: Community Engagement and Data

Data alone won’t reveal the context and causes of racial disparities in transportation, policing and many other municipal services. Continued

How Data Can Create Racial Equity

To address systemic racism, U.S. city leaders need to stop looking at their data in aggregate and start asking questions. Continued

How Two California Cities Are Working to Stay Afloat of the Impending Homelessness Crisis

COVID-19 has exacerbated California's housing crisis, but Stockton and San Jose are striving to protect residents. Continued

How to Make Communities Part of the Opportunity Zone Equation

Ensuring that local governments prioritize community voice through Opportunity Zones. Continued

Los Angeles Shines a (Street)Light on Equity

Los Angeles works to embrace smart city technology in more inclusive ways. Continued

How to Make Sure City Budgets Prioritize Racial Equity

As cities and counties face deficits due to Covid-19, including equity in the budgeting process is more important than ever. Continued

How Los Angeles Is Supporting Immigrant Workers and Businesses Affected by COVID

Protecting and prioritizing immigrant workers and immigrant-owned businesses in Los Angeles County. Continued

How Oakland Is Helping Small Businesses Survive During the Pandemic

Prioritizing the most vulnerable businesses in overlooked neighborhoods with grant programs and community outreach. Continued

14 Smart Strategies for Designing Human-Centered Transportation Systems

As cities embrace the future of transportation, FUSE fellows are designing systems that meet the needs of the community. Continued

Working Together to Dismantle Structural Racism

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move forward as a society. Continued

Five Ways Local Governments Can Spur Development of Affordable Housing

Finding creative approaches to financing affordable housing even amidst COVID-19. Continued

Equity Must Be Part of the COVID-19 Recovery Framework

Resiliency and recovery experts share how local government can respond with urgency, nimbleness, and flexibility. Continued

How Libraries Are Stepping Up as a Front Line of Resilience

Reimagining community service during COVID-19 and beyond. Continued

During the COVID-19 Crisis, Staying Connected to Communities Is More Critical than Ever. Here’s How to Do It Right

Civic leaders and FUSE fellows offer advice on staying connected, especially to already marginalized communities, during the pandemic. Continued

L.A. County’s ‘Command Center’ Is Making Healthcare Better

Applying change management for improved patient experiences and coordinated care. Continued

How Vallejo Used a Failed Amazon Bid to Drive Economic Development

Reimagined marketing counters a stalled economy. Continued

Los Angeles County Works to Transform Criminal Justice Through Collaboration

Opening lines of communication to reform criminal justice. Continued

Google, Square, and Kiva Are Helping Boost Startups in Cleveland

Public-private partnerships help fledgling businesses. Continued

How to Design a Human-Centered Government Website

Best practices for building websites that serve local communities. Continued

In Their Search for New Approaches to Affordable Housing, Innovative Civic Leaders Are Thinking Small

The potential of micro-housing to help with the affordable housing crisis. Continued

Fewer Emissions, Cheaper Energy: San Jose Forges Ahead Toward a Sustainable Future

San Jose strives to improve the health and lives of its community. Continued

St. Louis Tackles Pretrial Reform

Rethinking a system to improve equity and decrease the jail population. Continued

Accelerator Funds for Affordable Housing? San Francisco’s Creative Approach

Preserving and expanding the city's supply of affordable housing. Continued

Beyond Shelter: San Francisco’s Holistic Approach to Caring for the Homeless

Improving health outcomes by considering all the needs of a patient. Continued

As Construction Industry Booms, Pittsburgh Moves to Avoid Labor Shortfall

Bringing local and diverse talent into the skilled trades. Continued

For Those Experiencing Homelessness, ‘The Bin’ Honors Their Belongings

Los Angeles provides free storage to anyone who needs the service. Continued

San Francisco Humanizes the Healthcare Experience

Taking a patient-centered approach to care. Continued

Los Angeles Libraries Help Immigrants with Vital Services

Classes and support help immigrants thrive as residents. Continued

Building a Workforce to Help the Homeless in Los Angeles

Recruiting a diverse workforce to provide services for those experiencing homelessness. Continued

How City Leaders Are Taking on Their Most Difficult Challenges

Insights on revitalizing and rebuilding urban communities. Continued

Amidst a Rising Sea-Level Crisis, Staying Resilient in New Orleans

Lessons learned on staying resilient with limited resources. Continued

Connecting Vulnerable Seniors to Services They Need In Long Beach

Improving accessibility and mobility, and intergenerational equity. Continued

How Philadelphia is Battling Poverty by Building a Robust Workforce

Government, community, and business leaders collaborate to build an innovative workforce development system. Continued

Designing a Patient-Centered Approach in the L.A. County Jail System

Creating a more streamlined process that improves the quality and efficiency of medical care of those who go through the L.A. County criminal justice system. Continued

How New Orleans is Building an Open, Transparent Police Department

Responding to an expansive consent decree, the New Orleans Police Department is opening up its data, and building trust with the community along the way. Continued

In San Francisco, Video Series Raises Awareness About Affordable Housing

Highlighting the city's efforts to provide affordable housing resources for residents. Continued

Life After Jail: In L.A. County, a Systems-Wide Approach to Reduce Recidivism

Helping justice-involved individuals access the wraparound services they need most. Continued

In San Jose, Making the City a Classroom

The San Jose Public Library is rethinking how to integrate city facilities and services as learning opportunities. Continued

Four Ways to Build Strong Communities

Insights to build inclusive, forward-thinking communities that respond to residents’ needs. Continued

Collaboration in Action: Here’s What it Takes

True collaboration is not just sitting in the same meeting together. Continued

Mayors Unite to Take On Cities’ Challenges

Mayors take a stand on immigration, broadband access, community policing, the 2020 Census, and more. Continued

How to Get Kids to See Their Own Potential

Integrate their vision for themselves into your advice. Continued

Mixing It Up: Business-World Tactics In Government

Tactics like whiteboarding ideas to get creative ideas flowing. Continued

Addressing Digital Inequality in San Jose

The key driver that influences the digital divide is affordability. Continued

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Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Bay Area

Tackling affordable childcare, parental leave, and explicit bias training for all city staff. Continued

Cleaning Up the Streets of Los Angeles

How L.A. Is using data, tech, and smart strategies, block by block. Continued

Connecting Students to STEM Careers

Establishing a school-to-workforce STEM pipeline through public-private partnerships. Continued

Creating a Blueprint for More Equitable Growth

Helping the city's most vulnerable residents find jobs. Continued

Fueling a Startup Movement in the Breadbasket of the World

Ag tech, clean tech, and food tech can flourish in Fresno. Continued

Instilling a Culture of Innovation in Government

Designing an Office of Innovation to improve customer-centered services. Continued

Reimagining How to Fund Critical Infrastructure Projects

Creative ways to engage private-sector partners. Continued

The Road to a Winning Olympic City Bid

What it took to get L.A. the 2024 Games. Continued

COVID-19 Tools & Resources

As FUSE fellows respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we've compiled the resources they’re surfacing and deploying into the field. Continued

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