COVID-19 Resources

Many of our corporate partners have webinars, resources, trainings and programs ready to help you navigate the world of COVID-19 response. See below for several resources that may help you and your agency:

Communication Resources from Tripepi Smith:

Tripepi Smith is offering FREE communications resources for getting critical COVID-19 information to your residents, businesses, and staff.

What you’ll find on the Tripepi Smith Coronavirus Portal at

  • Graphic and language templates for your social media, press releases, web updates, email updates
  • Inter-agency discussions so you can learn from your peers in other cities as well as hear from medical professionals
  • Internal checklists
  • TS Insights on remote work, broadcasting public meetings, and more
  • More tools and Spanish resources are on the way, you can submit requests, and we’re updating all existing assets based on Federal and County (multiple) guidance

You don’t have to be a client to access these assets. We just want to help!

Adapting to Remote Work with CPSHR:

Are you one of the many agencies transitioning to remote operations? It’s new territory for many, but can also be an opportunity to succeed for your agency and workforce. There has never been a better time to focus on professional development and building skills – the skills that will help you and your employees in your daily job and the skills to help you manage teleworking like a pro! CPS HR Consulting offers a broad array of live virtual courses and self-paced eLearning for employees at all levels. We can also help you keep your programs on track and moving forward, with remote testing and proctoring and remote interviewing. These programs can help you make the most of this difficult time. For more information, visit

Understanding the CARES Act from Stifel:

As info fatigue plagues us all, our friends over at Stifel help demystify the details of the $2 trillion CARES Act signed into law by President Trump on Friday, March 27, 2020. It builds upon various actions already taken by the federal government, including emergency actions by the Federal Reserve, and seeks to address numerous dislocations at the individual, corporate, and state and local levels across the country. Linked here is a summary of Stifel’s views on emerging opportunities to serve our clients.

Coronavirus Resource Center from Hanson Bridgett:

Hanson Bridgett developed a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center – an online toolkit to help clients confront and address legal issues arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including a series of targeted alerts available below. Hanson Bridgett has assembled a multidisciplinary response team available to help their clients navigate the myriad unique issues presented by the developing worldwide pandemic, and to protect their companies and employees. They’ve got webinars, briefs and you can even sign up for alerts as new items are added!

MRG Can Help Build Trust in a Crisis

In a crisis, WE NEED TO LEAD WITH TRUST. Small interactions make a big difference, and we can build or diminish trust swiftly. This time MATTERS. That’s why over 200 people tuned in to watch BUILDING & SUSTAINING TRUST IN A TIME OF CRISIS over the 3 days it was featured live. This complimentary webinar was so well received that we decided to share it widely. Watch this webinar to understand the role TRUST plays in the workplace and strategies for leading in a time of crisis. Find it here:

Learning about Community Financing Districts from NBS

CFDs are a robust revenue tool used throughout California, for funding annual costs like public safety and parks to financing a wide range of investments in infrastructure to open space acquisition. This new 10 minute video from NBS will give you the quick “411” on this tool:

Templates and Bulletins from LCW

LCW has created a dedicated webpage with their special bulletins and updates and are offering complimentary templates for assistance with COVID-19-related policies for public agencies.

eCivis Helps Demystify the CARES Act

The recent passage of the CARES Act provides $150 billion in direct aid to state, local, and tribal governments. While governments are facing more pressure than ever, NOW is the ideal time to develop a grants management action plan so you can get a head start to secure your funding and deliver critical aid to your communities.

Not sure where to begin? eCivis is here to help! Download their new guide, “Your Roadmap to COVID-19 Funding,” to learn how you can start assembling the right people and plans and be prepared for all the funding coming your way. This guide serves as a strategic playbook with five tactics you can apply immediately to ensure your funding is implemented smoothly and compliance is met every step of the way.

HdL offers Sales Tax Deferral & Economic Forecast Webinars

HdL is committed to supporting our local government partners with creative, effective and customized solutions to help your community prepare for and respond to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recently held two informative webinars to assist you as you navigate this crisis:

Sales Tax Deferral Programs
HdL Director of Client Services Bobby Young presented a webinar reviewing the details of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-40-20 addressing COVID-19 Sales Tax Deferral Program and the CDTFA’s Small Business Relief Payment Plan.

HdL’s Consensus Forecast Economic Update
HdL Principals DeniseOvrom and Bret Plumlee led this presentation on the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak on California’s Retail Economy.

Please visit our COVID-19 Resource page to view the recordings for these webinars and for continual updates on the crisis.

How and when will local government agencies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Any disaster paradoxically also brings opportunity. Now is the time for developing an Economic Recovery Action Plan for cities, businesses, customers, employees, and homeowners that will sustain long after the Coronavirus disappears. Barry Foster, Principal and Managing Director of ECONSolutions by HdL, shares crucial next steps your agency should be taking. Click to read HdL’s Economic Recovery Action Plan.

Visit our COVID-19 Resources webpage for our most up-to-date information and resources to help your agency navigate this crisis.

MRG Conflict Resolution Services

Conflict creates problems, and simply addressing the situation in the context of work performance will not usually bring about the optimal resolution.

Whether it be conflict between two peers, a supervisor and direct report or even two departments with vastly different cultures, we encourage our clients to take advantage ot the opportunities for workplace resolution and healing in order for the employees and the organizatin to achieve peak performance moving forward. Read more …

MRG Investigation and Remediation Services

How can your organization benefit by using MRG for investigations?
Investigations have become a key component to an organization’s credibility and reputation. Employers must demonstrate that they take complaints seriously and respond immediately. Poorly handled investigations can cause poor morale and a lack of trust in management. However, properly handled investigations can repair relationships and provide key insights into culture improvements that can help your organization be more dynamic and more focused on its goals. Read more…

MRG partners with 300+ clients, a broad range of public and private sector entities, to provide innovative and transformational solutions to leadership, governance, human resources, financial management and other complex organizational challenges. Read more…

Navigating Fiscal Emergencies in the Time of Coronavirus: Tools from the Great Recession Revisited

RPLG’s Jon Holtzman, Ryan McGinley-Stempel and Steve Cikes provide insight on the state of the law on fiscal emergencies for local agencies and how the facts of the COVID-19 crisis may fit within that legal framework. Read more…

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Full Text – American Rescue Plan Act

Interim Rules

Treasury Compliance and Reporting Guidelines

National League of Cities – COVID-19 Pandemic Response & Relief

California Department of Finance – Local Recovery Fund Allocations:

Treasury Department – Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Website & Fact Sheet:

League of California Cities – Guide to Local Recovery:

Cal Cities Revenue Loss Calculator:

MMANC Presentation – Creating an ARPA Plan: