Kickoff workshop launches ‘Resilient Minneapolis’

Mayor Betsy Hodges joined by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), is beginning to undertake efforts to become more resilient to the shocks—catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods—and stresses, slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness, and unemployment, which are increasingly part of 21st century life.

Minneapolis was named part of the 100RC network in May 2016, along with cities like London, New York, Bangkok, and Rio de Janeiro—and was selected from more than 1,000 applicants from around the world.

The Resilience Agenda-Setting Workshop at the American Swedish Institute is Minneapolis’s first engagement in their partnership with 100RC. The workshop brings a diverse set of stakeholders from across city government and the private sector, nonprofits, NGOs, academia, and civic groups into the planning process. It seeks to uncover all the threats the city is facing, including those previously unknown, while unveiling resilience building tools and plans to address those threats.

Following the workshop, Minneapolis will name a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO)—an innovative new position in city government. The CRO will lead the city’s resilience efforts and continue to engage those stakeholders, resilience experts, and 100RC staff in drafting a comprehensive Resilience Strategy. The City is in the process of hiring for the position.

Minneapolis was selected to the 100-city global network in May 2016, and will receive technical support and resources to develop and implement a Resilience Strategy. Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:

·        financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts;

·        technical support for development of a robust Resilience Strategy;

·        access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and

·        membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help one another.

Minneapolis’s Resilience Strategy will be a holistic, action-oriented plan to build partnerships and alliances, financing mechanisms, and will pay particular attention to meeting the needs of poor and vulnerable populations. The workshop began the process of identifying priorities, actions and metrics, and the plan will be drafted over the next six to 12 months.

About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

 

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Published Dec 19, 2016