Norfolk Unveils City’s First Comprehensive Resilience Strategy

NORFOLK, VA. – The City of Norfolk became the third city in the world to launch its Resilient City Strategy today at Slover Library.  The comprehensive strategy, which the City created with support from 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), proposes actionable solutions to build citywide resilience. The comprehensive strategy focuses on three main goals, each of which is supported by specific initiatives:

  • Goal 1: Design the coastal community of the future.
  • Goal 2: Create economic opportunity by advancing efforts to grow existing and new sectors.
  • Goal 3: Advance initiatives to connect communities, deconcentrate poverty, and strengthen neighborhoods.

Through four centuries we have withstood disruptions, weathered storms, and survived wars and pandemics; time and time again we have come back stronger, “ said Paul D. Fraim Mayor, City of Norfolk. “We take great pride in the world’s recognition of our resilient reputation.  Norfolk is a city of makers, creators and doers and 100 Resilient Cities is an amazing opportunity to connect with global experts and innovators in an international network that will inspire and support thousands of cities around the world.”

“Norfolk’s Resilient Strategy reflects more than a year of community input around our neighborhoods, our economy and our coast,” said Christine Morris, Chief Resilience Officer. “Working with The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative has given us a new way to think about how we work together as a city to build better, grow smarter and bounce back stronger than ever.”

“Our work with Norfolk has not only shaped the future of this city, it has also influenced how 100RC works all over the world,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “The importance of focusing on resilience in a city with Norfolk’s challenges cannot be understated.”

Norfolk Unveils City’s First Comprehensive “Resilience Strategy”

Norfolk: Resilient City lays out dozens of actionable steps in response to the city’s most pressing challenges, with several key, tangible components, including:

  • Developing the most resilient zoning code in America: Norfolk’s new user-friendly zoning code will incorporate modern best practices, support and encourage resilient development, promote environmentally friendly development, and recognize different character districts throughout the city.
  • Exploring innovative financing models: Norfolk is working with 100RC and its partners to explore the use of catastrophe bond-like products to finance projects that reduce the city’s exposure to loss due to a disaster
  • Supporting community-building efforts: Norfolk will partner with community-led organizations like We Feed Norfolk, which has already used mobile technology to encourage residents to donate 3,500 pounds of food to the local food bank.

The driving force behind Norfolk’s resilience throughout its nearly 400 years has always been its people.  As such, the centerpiece of our Resilient City Strategy is the people in our community who lead the way.  Visit this site to learn about Norfolk’s Resilient City Builders, their resilience initiatives and the complete Resilient City Strategy www.nfkresilientcity.org

The Rockefeller Foundation named Norfolk in the inaugural group of 100 Resilient Cities in 2013.  Norfolk joined other cities such as London, Paris, Rotterdam in a global network tasked with building resilience to the physical, social and economic challenges cities are increasingly facing in the 21st century.  100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city 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. 100RC currently has 67 member cities.

 

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 the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city 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. 100RC currently has 67 member cities. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Brenner – (646) 612-7236 (ABrenner@100rc.org)