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The Bounceback

The world won’t be the same after Covid-19
– and that’s a good thing.
After more than a year of being in our homes, we have changed, as have the cities and towns in which we live, and the places we work and play.

Governor of North Carolina

Roy Cooper

Like many states, North Carolina was hit hard by Covid-19. In the wake of the pandemic, Governor Roy Cooper worked to help small and minority-owned businesses that were left out of the federal Paycheck Protection Program, he also encourage manufacturers to shift to making much-needed PPE and pushed to get companies to relocate to the region.

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In 2020, Google helped generate $6.92 billion of economic activity across North Carolina, while our tools and technologies helped over 535,000 businesses directly connect with customers during a challenging year. Grow with Google has partnered with over 250 organizations in the state to train more than 300,000 North Carolinians on digital skills, and has awarded $5.5M in grants to nonprofits and organizations serving North Carolina, including Communities in Schools of North Carolina, which helped the state’s public schools return to normal following Hurricanes Florence and Dorian.

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Mayor of Miami

Francis X. Suarez

If there’s a case study for how a city can remake itself in the post-Covid world, it’s Miami. And the architect of that makeover is the city’s 43-year-old mayor, Republican Francis Suarez.

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Mayor of San Francisco

London Breed

In early 2020 cities across the country were facing a public health crisis as local leaders struggled with how to respond to Covid-19. San Francisco Mayor London Breed took the extraordinary step in March 2020 of shuttering all nonessential businesses and banning nonessential travel. The aggressive move was one of many that Breed employed to try and keep her city’s residents safe while having to face the dire economic implications and exodus of people who left San Francisco.

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David Holt

Mayor of Oklahoma City

David Holt

Small businesses struggled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Enter Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, who deployed tens of millions of dollars and worked closely with a number of business groups to create a safety net for small businesses.

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Jared Polis

Governor of Colorado

Jared Polis

Colorado is one of America's healthiest states. Its economy is one of the top in the country, its residents are some of the most physically fit in America and its education system is one of the nation's finest. Gov. Jared Polis gingerly managed Covid, toggling between strict closures and relaxed restrictions to help lead the state out of the pandemic.

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