Tbilisi’s Resilience Story

Tbilisi is the economic and cultural heart of Georgia, and has long been the crossroads between Europe and Asia. However, uneven economic growth in this post-soviet country has led to high levels of unemployment: one third of residents under 30 are unemployed, and a skill mismatch in the labor market means that a university education is no guarantee of employment. In response, the city has instituted new job training programs that have already engaged over 60,000 residents, while a government supported loan program has taken steps to encouraged small business growth.

Tbilisi has experienced an increase in devastating flooding and landslides, most recently in the summer of 2015, when heavy rainfall led to landslides that overwhelmed water management systems and caused deaths and destruction of property. While the rapid self-mobilization of volunteers and the support of the private sector helped the city rebuild quickly, the absence of both a comprehensive preventative action plan and a post-disaster action plan means Tbilisi remains vulnerable to future shocks.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Earthquake
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Landslide
  • Poor Air Quality
  • Unemployment

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Tbilisi's CRO

Ana Ardelean is Chief Resilience Officer for Tbilisi.

She received the Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, faculty of Microeconomics and Management. After graduation, she moved to the United States of America and lived there for 12 years.

She received Master of Science in Computer Graphics and Animation at Chicago’s DePaul University. In the United States she mainly worked in the private sector and in sales.

In 2014, after returning to Georgia, she began working in the Mayor’s office. At City Hall she was the Head of Vice-Mayor’s office and then the Head of International Relations Department.

In 2015, Tbilisi was struck by the deadly flood known as June 13th Flood, which deeply affected every person living in Tbilisi. In her role at City Hall, Ardelean worked with donor organizations and different parties to help the City to get back on track.

Snapshot of Tbilisi

  • 1,170,000

    POPULATION AS OF 2011

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