For Governing, Senior Researcher Kennedy Smith, with Ryan Coonerty, explains how local governments can leverage American Rescue Plan funds to help the small businesses in their communities. The pandemic, but also years of online and big-box retailers’ predatory tactics have decimated independent businesses and downtowns across the U.S. These businesses need affordable commercial space more than ever. Federal stimulus funds offer the chance for local governments to help fill that need. READ MORE.

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