Innovation Leadership in the Age of COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our economies. Whole systems in government, education and industry will continue to be disrupted in the short-term, rendering pre-existing plans obsolete. Adding COVID-19 to the “original” disruptors—globalization, digital transformation, automation, etc.— means economic transformation accelerates. Who do leaders turn to for best practices at the macro-level? What best practices have been developed to address past economic disruptions? How can we equip our leaders to transition into a post-COVID-19 world?


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A Call to Leadership

Economic recovery will require an all-hands-on-deck approach. Cross-sector, cross-functional recovery teams must learn how to communicate constituent needs; overcome language, mission, and culture differences; and solve problems with other policy, industry, community, and education leaders. Quickly. Are your leaders equipped to re-engineer plans that reflect the new world we live in? Waymaker is in daily contact with executives leading city economic recovery efforts all over the U.S.

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Curated Leadership Resources

Below are resources curated specifically for executives with responsibility for recovery efforts. Check back regularly or contact us to discuss specific ways we might support you.

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The Economy and Cities: What America’s Local Cities are Seeing

by National League of Cities

The NLC and U.S. Council of Mayors recently conducted a survey regarding budget shortfalls, impact on city services, etc.

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Economic Recovery Dashboard

by Deloitte

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis without a modern parallel. The lack of precedent for a black swan event so broad in its impact across geographic, demographic, and economic sectors explains why many public and private sector organizations were already becoming strained even before the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

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Business Continuity Management: Pandemic Preparedness Briefing

by Gartner

Pandemics aren’t your usual business disruption. Unfolding over months, these events require an extra set of activities that include consultations with epidemiologists, critical role identification, and third-party evaluations.

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C40 Knowledge Hub

by the C40 Initiative

Through a series of thought-leadership papers, webinars, and briefings from experts worldwide, the Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will provide mayors with the best available data, best practices, and analysis for how to achieve an economic recovery that gets people quickly back to work and puts resources into the hands of those who need it most.

Create an account to get access.

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Resources to Assist our Communities

The National League of Cities (NLC) is providing local leaders with the necessary tools and resources to ensure cities, towns, and villages—urban or rural, of all sizes—are well equipped to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Leadership in a Time of Crisis toolkit.

by International Economic Development Council

The toolkit was developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by grants from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. The Toolkit is designed to benefit a wide range of public and private sector officials working with businesses and industries in the economic recovery process.

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10 Impacts of Coronavirus

by fintech vendor SizeUP

Guide for local economic developers.

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The CARES Act Resource Center

by U.S. Conference of Mayors

Economic Development & Government Leaders


A Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience

by Harvard University & The Rockefeller Foundation

Harvard University & The Rockefeller Foundation have produced a guide for pandemic recovery.

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Learning from the 2009 Recovery Act

by SmartGrowth America
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by the National League of Cities
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Co-Planning Recovery with Your Community’s Restaurants

by Graffito SP
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Economic Development in the Age of COVID-19

Economic Development in the Age of COVID-19

By Steven Pedigo, Professor, LBJ Urban Lab, UT-Austin

A globally connected economy tied to growth sectors and emerging technologies that is adaptable with highly skilled and entrepreneurial labor.

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Let’s Get Digital: Creating a Virtual Sense of Place

by Graffito SP

A globally connected economy tied to growth sectors and emerging technologies that is adaptable with highly skilled and entrepreneurial labor.

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To Combat Widespread Job Loss, Stay Local and Look to Import Replacement

by NextCity
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Preventing Post-COVID-19 Vacancy: 6 Interventions Local Governments Should be Thinking About Now

by the Center for Community Progress
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Community Leaders

Washington University Professional Development Resources

Free Professional Development Resources

by Washington University

The Brown School at Wash-U is offering a series of free on-demand learning opportunities applicable to the fields of social work, public health, and social policy.

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In the News

I Helped New York Rebound From 9/11. Here’s How to Recover After the Pandemic.

Use this crisis to build a more inclusive and sustainable city.


Leadership Insight from the Deputy Mayor who served under Bloomberg after 9/11.

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From Response To Resilience: Economic Recovery Routes Beyond COVID-19

by Forbes

A good overview of potential scenarios and the five phases of recovery. 

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