GNAR Covid Resources

Gateway communities are facing unique challenges during the COVID pandemic...

With this in mind, the GNAR Initiative is curating COVID-19 relevant resources from across the web in an effort to cut through the noise and help community leaders and planners find helpful information. Have you seen a resource you feel is relevant? We'd love to add it! Please email it to



  • The Local Leader’s Toolkit ( - PDF - MAY 2020
    Right now, our cities need leaders.This book is broken down into three phases for action: from the immediate steps your community should be taking to the mid-range tactics to the long-term action items. In each section, we outline necessary shifts in thinking for leaders to embody and communicate. We give you specific action steps for your community to take. And we help you anticipate difficult challenges so you are ready for them when they arrive.

  • Teton County’s Phased Guidelines for Businesses and Organizations - PDF - MAY 2020
    This document contains Teton County’s Guidelines for businesses and organizations during their different phases of reopening, from red to green. In includes specific recommended actions for businesses and employees based on the type of business or sector they operate in as well.
  • COVID-19 Economic Impacts and Mitigation in Rural Communities - WEBINAR - APRIL 2020
    (WGA) The webinar provided information about federal resources available to rural communities to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. It also explored how agencies are working with partners and stakeholders to alleviate impacts on rural residents, protect local businesses and help rural economies rebound from this crisis.

  • Rural Health Response to COVID-19 - WEBINAR - APRIL 2020
    (WGA) Rural western communities face particular public health challenges and vulnerabilities as they manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Idaho's Blaine County was an early hot spot of COVID-19 cases and in mid-March had one of the country’s highest per capita infection rates. Its hospital, with just two ICU beds and one ventilator, was forced to temporarily close. (Learn more in this Buzzfeed story.) This webinar featured Blaine County leaders explaining how they responded to the crisis and continue to manage the spread of coronavirus. Attendees learned lessons from their experience, including unexpected challenges, strategies for implementing a coordinated response, and what the next phases of management and recovery will look like.

  • Roadmap to Recovery - Community Builders - JUNE 2020
    (WGA)This tool is for local leaders working on economic recovery and resilience in their community or region. The information is layered to make it easier for different types of community leaders to get what they need. Each component includes a high-level overview to help orient and provide overarching direction. For those needing more detailed resources and guidance, we are continually adding additional information, resources and detail in collaboration with a variety of partners.



Other helpful sites:

These sites are currently aggregating information for rural communities and those working in the outdoor recreation sector in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of their resources have been included above.

  • Public Lands Alliance - COVID-19 Resources
    PLA has compiled the following links to help keep partners informed of public health directives and land management agency guidance that may be useful. Please bookmark this page as we will continue to update it with new links, tools, webinars and other resources.

  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education - Aggregated Information
    This page has resources relevant to the outdoor industry concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Please use the resources with the understanding that the situation is rapidly evolving and as soon as material is produced, it is already outdated to an extent. We are curating what we can here for our members and our industry.

  • Western Rural Development Center’s COVID-19 page
    The Western Rural Development Center is developing COVID-19 resources for small businesses, local food systems, and local and state leaders. These resources will be added to this website as they are finalized.

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