Advocacy Dashboard Aids Cities Are Essential Campaign
In May of 2020, the National League of Cities asked their state league affiliates to support the Cities Are Essential advocacy campaign by calling for direct federal aid for all local governments. As Connecticut is one of the country’s most severely impacted states, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities was eager to do their part.
CCM partnered with FLO to create a dashboard that informs residents about COVID-19 in their community and inspires them to take action. Leveraging the Connecticut Open Data Portal, the dashboard uses a live feed of town-by-town COVID-19 data and urges users to voice support for local governments bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s impact. Municipalities can easily embedded the dashboard on their websites, and users can conveniently tweet their support for the Cities Are Essential campaign to their congressional delegation by simply clicking a button.