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COVID-19 Research Reports

Since the advent of the COVID-19 crisis, fellows and staff of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and Nowak Metro Finance Lab have worked to respond, both through original research and in adapting existing initiatives to address the evolving effects on communities. Their latest work-products are linked below.

Latest reports and updates:

Remaking US Institutions Post Crisis- April 16, 2020

Nowak Lab Director Bruce Katz and co-authors Luise Noring and Andrew Petrisin propose a radically changed vision around growth, inclusion and sustainability for the nation, delivered not just through policy change but via institutions and institutional connections that can maximize the contributions of all levels of our government and all layers of society.

Setting Up a Small Business Emergency Relief Fund: Lessons from the First Three Movers - April 8, 2020

Nowak Lab Director Bruce Katz and co-authors Colin Higgins and Michael Saadine build on their previous work on typologies to show local leaders the nuts and bolts that go into operationalizing relief funds, while providing practical resources for them to set up their own funds through profiles of three first mover funds: The Birmingham Strong Fund; The Erie County Revenue and Gaming Authority’s Bridge Loan Fund; and The Indy Chamber’s Rapid Response Fund.

Saving Small Business: Emerging Typologies of Local Relief Funds - April 1, 2020

Nowak Lab Director Bruce Katz and co-authors Colin Higgins and Michael Saadine propose a practical and emergent typology of local small business emergency funds within cities, focusing on their scale, speed of delivery and constellation of intermediary organizations delivering the funds, identifying five different categories of funds by who is driving them locally. 

Why Erie's Downtown is a Proxy for the Nation: The Future of Main Street Business Amidst the Covid-19 Crisis - March 25, 2020

Nowak Lab Director Bruce Katz and co-author Ben Speggen view the challenges facing many cities across the nation though the microcosm of Erie, PA, showing how the revival of a downtown by a group of remarkable, passionate entrepreneurs, and city builders in a years-long effort is at risk of reversal in a matter of weeks.